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Lauren Riess

Lauren Riess

Assistant Vice President

Bessemer Trust

New York, NY

Developing Great Leaders


Teach For America

Manager, Teacher Leadership Development

• Manage 32 teachers across grade levels and content to support career development through classroom content training, tracking and analyzing metrics and data, and individualized high-impact professional development resulting in teachers on track to make more than 1.82 years academic growth on average for the 2013-2014 school year.
• Evaluate corps members using performance assessments, rubrics, tools, and surveys
• Design and facilitate professional development for over 220 corps members and Teach For America Corporate Staff and choose workshops based on needs identified by data analysis
• Cultivate and sustain relationships with school and district personnel in Newark, Paterson , and Orange and utilize those relationships to align professional development goals and amplify efficacy of coaching supports and training delivery
• Recruit, evaluate, select incoming 2014 and 2015 corps members who align with our mission and perform on our competency rubric

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Achievement First

5th-8th Grade Intervention Learning Specialist

• Planned literacy interventions based on data-driven instruction and Common Core Standards for students with the severest learning disabilities in the lower middle school, yielding an average reading growth of approximately 2 years for the 2011-2012 school year and 2.38 years for 2012-2013 school year.
• Facilitated professional development workshops for Achievement First network in guided reading, Wilson Reading System, and Just Words instruction by creating exemplar teaching and tutorial videos, giving lesson plan feedback, and teaching strategies to improve student engagement and understanding of content
• Assessed students for Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) through various subject testing and wrote IEPs to ensure success for students with special needs


Achievement First

Teacher in Residence Team Chair

• Evaluated inefficiencies and strengths in existing Floating Teacher program and created new successful Teacher In Residence (TIR) program by using data analysis and collection
• Created recruitment protocol in order to obtain strong candidates
• Collaborated with external leadership team by performing duties as a Teacher In Residence Department Chair and acting as a liaison between the TIRs and leadership team
• Supervised 5 new teachers by holding department and individual meetings, observing teachers, and giving instructional and real time behavioral management feedback

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Teach for America

Corp Member

• Selected from approximately 40,000 applicants nationwide to join national teacher corps of recent college graduates and professionals who commit two years to teach in under-resourced public schools
• One of sixteen out of 201 New York City Corp Members nominated for the Sue Lehmann Excellence in Teaching Award
• Represented Teach For America in the REALITY program as one of 50 ambassadors who met with the leading international experts and governmental representatives in the field of education


Teach for America

Campus Campaign Coordinator

• Implemented new marketing and recruiting strategies for the Teach For America campaign to recruit individuals as corps members, resulting in the University of Michigan contributing more students to the Teach for America corp than any other university or college during the 2008 to 2010 recruitment seasons
• Increased campus presence of Teach For America by giving recruitment speeches to groups sized anywhere from 10 to 300 people weekly
• Promoted and recruited corps members for TFA's Diversity Initiative to expand the organization's impact and celebrate diversity

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Borders Group Foundation

Organizational Studies Consultant

• Established an understandable but flexible budget for the organization’s disaster relief program by creating commonsense formulas for distributing funds, teaching staff how to budget with a running average formula, and identifying costs for vulnerable geographic areas
• Refined, streamlined, and simplified the existing disaster assistance application process by creating a systematized application process based on statistical factors
• Identified the strengths and weaknesses of the Foundation’s disaster relief management by determining the industry’s best practices through comparison of established exemplar organizations


University of Michigan

Bachelor of Arts, Organizational Studies (Minor in Art History)

Hunter College

Masters of Science, Masters of Teaching