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Classroom, Inc. Announces New Executive Director

Press Release 

Christina Oliver will continue the organization’s monumental growth

September 26, 2019 New York, NY Classroom, Inc., a 27 year old nonprofit focused on developing career and literacy skill-building programs for middle school youth, today announced a change in leadership. The board of directors has appointed Christina Oliver to take over as Executive Director.  Christina is succeeding Lisa Holton, who recently stepped down after seven years of leading the organization through a period of extraordinary growth.

“Christina  was a fantastic colleague and wonderful thought partner, ” said Lisa Holton. “ I’m delighted that the board has recognized her leadership, and am excited to see where she and the talented team take this wonderful organization. ”

Christina has had a long career in education reform and at Classroom, Inc., serving in multiple roles in the organization’s programs and partnerships division. During her tenure, Christina led the expansion of Read to Lead into out-of-school time programs, building strategic partnerships with leading organizations including the Boys & Girls Clubs, After-School All-Stars, Los Angeles County Office of Education and Horizons National. Through her leadership, the organization has developed robust digital programming including curriculum and online resources. 

Their latest program, Read to Lead, helps educators facilitate rich literacy and leadership learning experiences for middle school youth. The program helps students build essential literacy skills and gain valuable career exposure to inform their understanding of what is possible in their future careers.

“Through our digital program, Read to Lead, Classroom, Inc. offers youth the opportunity to see a vision of their future self in the workplace building both literacy and leadership skills essential for success in school and life,” explained Christina. “I’m passionate about the organization’s mission.  It is critical to engage youth early – in middle school – to build their literacy skills and offer them the opportunity to envision a future full of possibilities.”

Under Christina’s leadership, Classroom, Inc. will continue to revolutionize literacy and career readiness with middle school youth by exposing students to a variety of careers through virtual workplace experiences. Their model uses diverse characters and stories that connect to and reflect the communities they partner with nationwide. The program gives youth agency and opportunities to apply their skills through hands-on civic action projects. 

Christina has worked in education for over 15 years. She was a teacher at Bronx Prep Charter School before serving as Director of Educational Initiatives at Urban Assembly. Christina first joined Classroom, Inc. in 2007 as Director of Implementation, and became Senior Director of Educational Programs in 2010 and Vice President of Educational Programs in 2011. She spent two years with ReadWorks as Associate Executive Director before returning to Classroom, Inc. 

In the 2018-2019 school year, Classroom, Inc. helped over 25,767 students in classrooms across the country read over 320 million words through Read to Lead

“I’m incredibly proud to build on the success of my predecessors, and our rich 27 year history. I am especially proud to expand upon Classroom, Inc.’s achievements over the last seven years under Lisa’s leadership,” added Christina. “Lisa transformed our programs and launched Read to Lead, using the latest in game theory and research to help students build essential skills and more importantly, seeing themselves as the leaders and achievers they are.”

To learn more about Classroom, Inc., visit classroominc.org

About Classroom, Inc.

Classroom, Inc. is a nonprofit that creates immersive learning games for middle school youth. Since 1992, Classroom, Inc. has worked to engage students in school and expanded learning settings and help them build essential life, leadership, and literacy skills. The inspiration for the organization was born out of a successful partnership between Lewis W. Bernard, prior executive of Morgan Stanley and Columbia Teachers College resulting in simulation software where students acted as managers of a business. In 2017, Classroom, Inc. launched Read to Lead, a blended learning program that allows middle school youth across the country to foster the critical literacy and leadership skills that help them thrive in school and beyond.To learn more about Classroom, Inc, visit us at classroominc.org

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