Colorado State Policy Director

Mark Sass joins us as the Colorado State Policy Director, where he will launch and run the Colorado Policy Fellowship program that will successfully engage teachers in shaping key policy decisions related to implementation of ESSA, including issues related to accountability, assessment, resource equity, and teacher leadership.  He will also grow a grassroots teacher advocacy network, and cultivate partnerships and relationships in the Colorado education community.  Welcome to the team, Mark! You will have the opportunity to meet Mark virtually in the all-staff meeting on Thursday 8/25 about the launch of statewide fellowships.
Mark is currently a high school history teacher in the Adams 12 Five Star School District in Colorado. In 2000, he was part of the leadership team that helped open Legacy High School, where he currently teaches. At Legacy, he served as a teacher leader, the AP coordinator, and the intervention coordinator. He has been instrumental in bringing Professional Learning Communities to Legacy and the district; Mark facilitated the implementation of standards-based grading at the district level. Mark has been involved in educational reform throughout Colorado where he was also named one of the 2010 "best of" education reformers in Colorado by Education Reform Now. Mark was a 2014 National Fellow for the Hope Street Group, and then served as a U.S. Department of Education Teacher Ambassador Fellow in 2015. Mark sits on the Advisory Board for the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders. He was a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Pahara Aspen Teacher-Leader Fellowship and is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.