Keara Mascareñaz is the Managing Partner, Organizational Design at Education Elements. She focuses on organizational design and how to build and scale a culture of innovation in large systems. Keara leads work in in change management, leadership development, school design, and strategic planning. Keara is the toolkit creator for The NEW School Rules: 6 Practices for Thriving and Responsive Schools.
Keara has supported system-wide change at more than 500 district and school partners and has led projects for rural, urban, and suburban schools and districts, including dozens of Gates Foundation Next Generation Learning Challenge schools and regions, Gates Next Generations Systems Initiative grantees, and Race to the Top district winners. She has been a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator at TinyCon, iNACOL, District Administration Leadership Institute, Blended and Personalized Learning Conference, Personalized Learning Summit, and hundreds of districts around the country.
Keara began her career as a third grade teacher on the Navajo Reservation. She worked as a college coach, history teacher, operations manager, and curriculum designer; and through this work, she learned how to effectively communicate about and engage folks in the work of large-scale change. Keara was selected as one of twenty fellows in the national Pahara NextGen Network that focuses on developing leaders who will change the future of education. Keara grew up in rural, southern Oregon and currently lives in Denver with her husband.
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