Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee is composed of five education professionals who are highly regarded in the field and recognized worldwide for their accomplishments and expertise. They are our advisors to help guide and shape Clarion School.
JED LIPPARD

JED LIPPARD

Dean of Children’s Programs at the Bank Street College of Education

Jed Lippard

Dean of Children’s Programs at the Bank Street College of Education

Jed Lippard serves as the Head of the School for Children and oversees the Family Center, Bank Street Summer Camp, and After-School Programming.

Jed has spent more than two decades teaching and in leadership positions in progressive public charter schools. He held an Adjunct Professorship at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Above all, Jed identifies as a teacher—deeply invested in the cultivation of intellectual curiosity, the power of civic engagement, and the potential for young people to transform their own and others’ lives.

Jed holds doctoral and master’s degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and his undergraduate Bachelor’s degree from Brown University.  His research focuses on differentiated instructional leadership for adult growth and development in schools.

ALAN COHEN

ALAN COHEN

Co-Chair Harvard Principal’s Center Advisory Board and Co-Founder Project Zero New York

Alan Cohen

Co-Chair Harvard Principal’s Center Advisory Board and Co-Founder Project Zero New York

Alan is an educator and administrator working in leadership positions in New York City and at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. He is the Co-Chair of the Harvard Principal’s Center, Co-Founder of Project Zero New York, and served on the Project Zero Advisory Board, is a of member of the North American Reggio Emilia Alliance, Past Executive Board Member Council of School Administrators, Past Vice President of the Bronx Elementary Schools Principals Consortium and served as Director of the New York City Mentor Teacher Program for the New York City Department of Education.

His career includes supervision of Principals in 32 New York City schools, Principal of Journey Prep, Head of Lower School at Portledge School and Assistant Head at the Speyer School for gifted students in New York.

At the Portledge School he implemented collaboration with Harvard Wide World and Project Zero and put into practice a Reggio Emilia inspired Early Childhood Program. At Journey Prep school, a public school in New York City he leads the school to its position as one of the top 200 schools (1,700 public schools serve 1.1 million students) in New York City.

On any given day he is talking with parents in the lobby, learning alongside children in the classrooms, touring the facilities with visiting educators, or planning professional development activities for hundreds of teachers. Cohen believes that the difference between a good school and a great school is one where everyone is teaching and learning.

He is a Cahn Fellow at Columbia University. He received his bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College and holds a Master’s of Science, from New York University. He is also the recipient of the Time Warner Principals of Excellence Award and the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award from Education Update.

PAUL LIEBLICH, ED.D.

PAUL LIEBLICH, ED.D.

Co-Author, International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and Executive Principal, the Cowin Education Group, Qingdao, Shandong, China

Paul Lieblich

Co-founder, Co-author and Steering Committee Chair for the Primary Years Program of the International Baccalaureate (IB)

Paul co-initiated and authored the International Schools Curriculum Project as part of the creation of an educational framework for primary school education for the IB organization. Mr Lieblich served on advisory council to the IB regarding the integration of IB programs and the development of IB professional development programs.

Formerly Mr Lieblich was Director/Executive Principal of the Cowin Education Group where he developed curriculum and programming to be used in Chinese private schools based on “best current educational practice”. This program involved start up of a system of schools throughout China employing the new programming, creation of a training program and training institute for Chinese educators and providing a set of educational programs early childhood through university.
As Executive Principal for EtonHouse International Education Group, Paul supervised operations and program development of six international schools and four Chinese kindergartens in China; implemented the IBO programs in the international schools; developed an “internationally” inspired program for the Chinese kindergartens; and, supported continued growth of the EtonHouse group in China by planning for and setting up new schools.

He has held leadership positions at international schools since 1995, including Lyford Cay International School, Zurich International School and the International School of Amsterdam.Mr. Lieblich earned a Doctorate of Education, in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado. He holds a Master of Education in Diagnostic & Prescriptive Teaching, SEN from the College of William & Mary. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Bethany College.

Mr Lieblich earned a Doctorate of Education, in Educational Leadership from the University of Northern Colorado. He holds a Master of Education in Diagnostic & Prescriptive Teaching, SEN from the College of William & Mary. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Bethany College.

ANNA BATCHELDER

ANNA BATCHELDER

Co-Founder & CEO of Bon Education

Anna Batchelder

Co-Founder, Chief Education Officer of Bon Education

Anna is passionate about using experiential education and technology to promote meaningful learning, cross-cultural understanding and great ideas. She has led education product development, professional development and online community initiatives for organizations across the Middle East, North America and Asia. Her company’s clients include a diversity of organizations such as Google, Expo2020, Jumeirah Group, Meydan, Mubadala, Microsoft, the Dubai Institute of Design and Innovation Scholastic and more.

Ms Batchelder regularly writes and presents on topics at the intersection of learning, coaching and mentorship. She also coaches and mentors entrepreneurs and young executives across the globe.

Anna is the Chair of the Clarion School Advisory Committee, which advises the school on foundation planning and oversight. She is also the founder and co-organizer of Open Diversity, a community meet-up group that hosts monthly talks, workshops and excursions on a range of topics from entrepreneurship to personal development to parenting.

Anna holds an MA in International and Comparative Education from Teachers College Columbia University and a BA in Economics from the College of William and Mary, with additional studies at the Columbia Business School, Oxford University and The Coaches Training Institute. She is a mother, yogi, entrepreneur, wife, and CPCC (certified professional co-active coach).

ALISON BURROWS

ALISON BURROWS

Founder, Edvolve

Alison Burrows

Founder, Edvolve

Ms. Burrows is the Founder of Edvolve, an international education consultancy. Edvolve’s mission is to raise student achievement and preparedness for college and career by enabling administrators and teachers to improve teaching and learning and effectively implement 21st Century Skills into their schools. Edvolve’s partnerships include international private schools, education resource providers and leaders across the MENA education community.

Alison has participated in education initiatives throughout her career as an education consultant, including the new education initiative mandated by the Iraq Ministry of Education where she delivered professional development to over 3,000 senior Iraqi educators. For the Super Sprowtz, the New York City based nutrition education company, Ms. Burrows wrote the nutrition education curriculum. Alison has been a featured keynote speaker for Scholastic, Pearson Education, National Geographic Education, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Oxford University Press. She has partnered with notable organizations such as Microsoft, The Northwest Evaluation Association, Webb Align, and Garnet Education on education initiatives. She is the co-founder of The MENA Common Core Conference, The Next Generation Science Standards Forum, Edcamp Dubai, and Edcamp Abu Dhabi and is the founder of the annual Arabic Conference.

Ms. Burrows is from New York City and has been in the field of education since 2004.  She is currently a Doctoral student at Johns Hopkins School of Education and received her Master’s Degree in Education from New York University.  Alison holds a Montessori certificate of education for pre-school and lower elementary school.