By Elyse Kaner
Jeff Ronneberg, superintendent of schools for Spring Lake Park District 16, was recently elected to serve as president of Learning Forward.
Formerly known as the National Staff Development Council, Learning Forward is a nonprofit, international membership association of educators with a focus on increasing student achievement through more effective professional learning, according to its website.
Ronneberg said being elected president is both an honor and a surprise.
“I serve this organization with great pride as I believe it is the premier association of educators in advocating for the supports and professional learning necessary for educators to improve the learning of all students,” Ronneberg said in a statement on the school district’s website.
Learning Forward is involved with innovation internally and supports schools across the country. The organization also actively influences federal legislation, for instance, the reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind Act, Ronneberg said in an interview.
The organization has an imprint on District 16’s daily education practices, Ronneberg said.
“The opportunity to serve Learning Forward presents me the opportunity to learn and grow as a leader while also developing relationships with educational leaders around the country whose expertise we regularly tap as we identify ways to continuously improve how we meet the needs of our students,” Ronneberg said.
Ronneberg has served as superintendent of District 16 since January 2010. Prior, he was the district’s assistant superintendent, director of teaching, learning and accountability and a principal at Woodcrest Elementary.
He came to SLP District from Oak Grove Intermediate School, where he served as dean in the Bloomington public school. He interned as an administrator at Oak Point Intermediate School in the Eden Prairie School District and he also taught in the Minneapolis Public Schools system.
In addition to his superintendent duties, Ronneberg is an adjunct teacher at the University of Minnesota and for the online Capella University.
Ronneberg holds a doctorate degree in educational policy and administration from the University of Minnesota. He holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from Minnesota State University, Mankato, and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Augsburg College.
Ronneberg will assume the Learning Forward presidency in December 2012. He will preside over the group in 2013 and then serve on the Board of Trustees as past-president in 2014.
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