Joanne Hopper has spent nearly 30 years in K-12 education, with the majority in leadership roles. She has maintained a focus on student-centered learning, active engagement and real-world connections. For the past 13 years, she has served as a Director or Education Services at a regional educational service agency where she directs and implements programs serving local school districts. In this role she has lead professional learning community, school improvement, curriculum and instruction, and staff development initiatives. She has a strong experience base in online learning and has been directly involved for over 15 years in new program development from distance learning to virtual high schools. The most recent venture being a virtual high school for dropout and expelled youth.
Having served in local, regional and state leadership roles, Joanne is the current chair of the Education Committee of St. Clair County, Michigan Blue Meets Green, and is a member of the Board of Directors of Michigan Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. She also serves on the statewide advisory board for Regional Data Initiatives, and the Education Task Force of St. Clair County Community Foundation. In the recent past, Joanne served as president of Michigan Mathematics and Science Center Network.
Joanne has led 21st century learning efforts and has worked closely with architect colleagues to foster dialogue and change in learning space design. She chairs the 21st Century Learning Symposium in St. Clair County and hosted with Stephen Heppell the first Be Very Afraid eXtra student exposition in the United States. Joanne is actively involved with the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) and serves as the Michigan Chapter’s President-Elect.
Joanne holds a doctorate degree in educational leadership from Central Michigan University. Her studies focused on change leadership within the context of a professional learning community. She has presented on a variety of topics including 21st century learning and school leadership at state and national venues.