Robert Monson is a senior lecturer in education leadership at Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City where he also coordinates the Education Policy Fellowship Program.  He holds a B.A. in political science, an M.A. in curriculum and instruction, and a Ph.D. in educational administration from Saint Louis University.  In 1977, he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Across seven states he has served public school children in the capacities of teacher, high school assistant principal, high school principal, assistant superintendent, and three superintendent positions in Ohio, Massachusetts, and Minnesota.  From 1990 to 2000 he was taught in Lesley University’s national curriculum and instruction masters degree program.  He has served as a member of the advisory board of the Harvard Principals Center where he led dialogues among principals and superintendents. In 1997, he was a visiting faculty member at the Harvard summer institute on standards and accountability.  In recent years he has served as a consultant for ASCD, Public Agenda, the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, and the Tri-States Standards Consortium.  Currently, he is engaged in principal professional program initiatives in Beijing and Dubai.  He has co-authored two volumes on performance assessment for Zephyr Press and has published numerous journal articles on curriculum, assessment, and literacy education.  His professional interests lie in leadership development, curriculum and learning, accountability systems, and public engagement.