Loretta Goodwin joined the American Youth Policy Forum (AYPF) in 2007 as a Senior Program Associate. She currently is the Deputy Director and is experienced in middle and high school reform, experiential education, and international education. Prior to joining AYPF, Dr. Goodwin taught middle and high school in South Africa, studied and wrote her dissertation on Soviet education reform, worked in the field of comprehensive education reform at the middle school level and served as program manager for international programs at The Washington Center for Internships. From 2000 – 2004, she worked as the national co-director of Turning Points, a comprehensive middle school reform initiative. Subsequently she worked at the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement in Washington, DC, providing technical assistance to schools deemed in need of improvement.
Goodwin believes passionately in equitable educational opportunities for all students. Over the past thirteen years she has researched and led a variety of AYPF study tours for state and federal policy leaders, conducted numerous webinars and Capitol Hill forums, and researched and organized day-long discussion groups including on the use of research evidence in policymaking.
In the past two years Dr. Goodwin has taught a class on Career Management Strategy to undergraduates in the Business School at The George Washington University.
Dr. Goodwin holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cape Town, a Higher Diploma of Education from the University of Cape Town, master’s degrees from Wesleyan University and the University of Washington, in History and Political Science, and a Ph.D. in History from Princeton University.