Teachers21 Appoints Andre Ravenelle as Executive Director

Andre Ravenelle
September 21, 2018 — Teachers21, a Newton-based nonprofit that provides professional development services for academic leaders focused on pre-K through grade 12, recently announced it appointed Andre Ravenelle, superintendent of Fitchburg Public Schools, as its new executive director.

He will take over next month from Frank Orland, who served as interim executive director of Teachers21 for the last year while the organization considered actions to strengthen its mission and focus.

“Andre’s arrival opens the door to collaboration and program development opportunities within our school of psychology, organizational and leadership psychology, distance education and our Freedman Center,” said Nicholas Covino, president of William James College, which recently acquired Teachers21 to help the college further its work in leadership training and the primary prevention of mental illness.

He added, “With considerable experience in leading urban schools and social emotional learning, he will help Teachers21 and the college to expand our work in these areas.”

Ravenelle will oversee the traditional curricula, systems, and program consultation work of Teachers21 to leverage the behavioral health and leadership assets of William James College into existing programs.

Ravenelle has served as superintendent of the 5,200 student Fitchburg Public School system since 2005. As president of the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents in 2015, he made social emotional learning his primary focus and incorporated it into the curricula throughout the Fitchburg school district.

Ravenelle also has held leadership positions in the Lexington, Barnstable, Boston, and Chelsea school systems.

“The needs in our school districts are great, and superintendents are looking for solutions on how to address the growing challenges of a changing student body,” said Ravenelle. “With access to the wealth of information and potential at William James College, Teachers21 can help communities and school districts in the best way possible and provide them with resources that they need.”

Fluent in Spanish and French, Ravenelle received his Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy/languages from Assumption College, his Master of Divinity degree from Weston School of Theology, and his Master of Education degree from Boston College.

Ravenelle has received numerous honors and awards, including the 2015 AASA Massachusetts Superintendent of the Year and the 2016 MassInsight Partners in Excellence Award, and holds several board and professional memberships.

Teachers21, founded in 1993, is dedicated to improving the professional practice of PreK-12 education and creating supportive school communities in Massachusetts and elsewhere. Through a variety of professional development and consulting services, programs, courses and one-on-one coaching, Teachers21 helps districts focus on culture, leadership, pedagogy, and content.