For over thirty years, Mary Beth has held various roles and responsibilities in the public education sector. Her experience includes classroom teaching, coaching, building administration, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, and Superintendent. She also spent eight years working for the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as a state-wide literacy trainer. After training for the state, Mary Beth was later part of a large-scale research project assigned to evaluate a Massachusetts-based literacy program funded by a federal innovation grant. This work involved data collection, observation, and interviewing educators in numerous elementary schools across the Commonwealth. She has spent the past 10 years looking at implementations from a systems perspective and working with innovative professional development models. These models include action research, development of learning teams to lead new initiatives, year-long collaborative study, student centered coaching, and district-sponsored local and national conferences.