Education Northwest Welcomes Nationally Recognized Expert


April 3, 2014


Nettie Legters

Education Northwest is pleased to announce that Nettie Legters, a nationally recognized leader in education research and school improvement, will join the organization in July to lead a variety of secondary school reform initiatives. Steve Fleischman, Education Northwest’s CEO, said, “The experience and skills that Nettie brings are a great addition to our existing team of experts, expanding our ability to help strengthen schools and communities in the Northwest and beyond.”

Legters has nearly two decades of experience in program development, technical assistance, and mixed-methods studies of dropout prevention and secondary school improvement initiatives.

Nettie brings extensive knowledge and experience coupled with a genuine commitment to strengthening education systems, and I’m thrilled that she’s joining our team. —Danette Parsley, Education Northwest's Chief Program Officer

Nettie joins Education Northwest after serving as co-director of the Johns Hopkins School of Education’s Center for Social Organization of Schools and its Everyone Graduates Center. Over the past several years, she served as the lead evaluator on a federally-funded implementation study of ninth grade academies in Broward County, FL, and as a design consultant for Broward’s district initiative to enhance its ninth grade academies.

Her recent projects include a national study of programs designed to re-engage out-of-school youth, technical assistance to federal High School Graduation Initiative grantees, and a study of College Readiness Indicator Systems in two leading districts.

Legters is co-author, with Robert Balfanz, of the widely cited Locating the Dropout Crisis report and recently co-edited a special issue of New Directions in Youth Development that offers leading perspectives and strategies for Putting All Students on the Graduation Path. She holds a master’s and doctorate degree in sociology from Johns Hopkins University.