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subject matter expert

Mark Tornow
Mark Tornow is a Senior Associate at PCG Education. Mr. Tornow has over 30 years of educational systems experience, including extensive experience in school leadership, data analysis, and school improvement project management. He is currently Project Director for the Tennessee Academic Specialists program, responsible for the application, hiring, and management process to engage 125 independent contractors/educators to assist in Tennessee’s Focus schools. In the Florida Rural Turnaround Leadership Project, Mr. Tornow served as a regional facilitator and coordinator of SkoVision™ implementation in 10 rural districts focusing on strategic planning for turnaround. He also focuses on program incubation and launch, establishing systems for successful program implementation, and has worked on projects for New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and, internationally, for the European Union.

Mr. Tornow earned a Master of Education in Educational Administration at Concordia University, Irvine, California. He received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Concordia Teachers College (now University) in Seward, Nebraska.

Geier, R., Smith, S., & Tornow, M. (2012). District data teams: A leadership structure for improving student achievement. A PCG Education white paper. Portsmouth, NH: Public Consulting Group. Available online: education/library/index.html. Tornow, M. (2011). Next steps in using data for school improvement. Presentation at the Tennessee Academic Specialists Program quarterly meeting, Nashville, TN.

• Educational data use • School leadership • Teacher and school leader professional development • School/district program evaluation and planning

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Prior to joining PCG Education, Mr. Tornow served as Principal of Franklin Elementary School near Nashville, Tennessee. Under his leadership, the school was recognized by U.S. Department of Education as an NCLB Blue Ribbon School because of its significant improvement in student achievement, despite a high student poverty rate; it was the only elementary school in the state to receive this recognition in 2006. He also served as Program Manager with the Tennessee Department of Education in the Division of Assessment and Evaluation. Prior to that, Mr. Tornow served as a principal, assistant principal, teacher, and coach in a number of schools and states in both elementary and high school settings.

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