Terry Born – Program Coach

Burt Rosenberg – Coach

Harold “Bret” Bretstein – Coach


Anthony “Tony” Hoffmann – Education Associate

Cecilia Cunningham – Executive Director

Dr. Cecilia Cunningham is the Executive Director of the Middle College National Consortium.  She served as the Principal of Middle College High School at LaGuardia Community College for 22 years until 2002. She is the co-founder of two other Middle College High Schools on LaGuardia’s Campus: The International High School and Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Secondary School for Art and Technology. In 1993, she founded the National Consortium of Middle College High Schools, a network of more than 30 Middle College High Schools located on college campuses that academically engage traditionally under-served students. She started her career as a math teacher and holds a doctorate in education from Teachers College at Columbia University. She has done professional development for new principals in New York City for 13 years and was the founder of the Bank Street Principals Institute. As the Director of the Middle College National Consortium’s Early College Initiative funded by The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Kellogg Foundation, The Carnegie Corporation of New York and The Ford Foundation, she is responsible for starting 18 new Middle College-Early College High Schools and redesigning 12 existing Middle College High Schools to Middle College-Early College High Schools. She is the recipient of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education Award, 2004.

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Terry Born –  Program Coach

Terry Born brings the expertise and experience of 36 years as a teacher and 12 years as founding Principal of Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Secondary School for Arts and Technology to her work as a Coach and curriculum specialist at Middle College National Consortium. At MCNC, Ms. Born has developed the national Student Leadership Initiative, transforming an annual student conference into a year-long professional development opportunity for developing both student and teacher leadership. Working closely with Knowledge in the Public Interest, Ms. Born uses 2.0 tools and applications to lead students and teachers in online collaborations, conversations and projects that are shared at annual meetings at host sites around the country. Ms. Born also works with new and redesigned Early College High Schools in their efforts to create and support structured Literacy Across the Curriculum that is in alignment with college expectations. Her work, in collaboration with Dr. Ruth Vinz of Teachers College, Columbia University, brings research-based practice to practical classroom applications, and she has spearheaded protocols for online dissemination and collaboration of these tools and strategies throughout the Consortium. Ms. Born works directly with administrators, teachers and college personnel to assist start up schools and is instrumental in conference planning that is essential to the innovative progress of MCNC members. Terry has an MA in English and Comparative Literature from New York University, and an MEd from Bank Street College of Education. She has taught at all levels from Middle School to Graduate School.

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Harold “Bret” Bretstein – Research Associate

Harold (Bret) Bretstein has been an educator for over 40 years, 34 of which were with the New York CIty Department of Education, where he served first and foremost as a classroom teacher.

Over the past seven years, Bret has worked with the MCNC and served as a coach and member of the advisory board.  His area of expertise and primary role has been to spearhead the implementation of the MCNC peer review program in its early colleges.  The core of his work within each of the participating early colleges is to institutionalize the program in a way that each instructor’s best practices are shared amongst the entire faculty.  It is also designed to publicly validate instructors’  contributions to the school community both inside and outside of the classroom.

Prior to his role at MCNC, Bret taught at the International High School (Middle College) at LaGuardia Community College for 14 years.  In addition to his classroom duties and roles in supervising student activities, he chaired the IHS Personnel Committee, which oversaw peer reviews as well as new teacher hiring and support.

From 1976 – 91, Bret worked at Intermediate Junior High School 61 in Staten Island, New York.  There, in addition to his teaching, Bret served as a cluster leader for five classes, which involved, among other activities,  the building of interdisciplinary programs across subject areas.

Bret’s first 5 years of teaching were served at Intermediate School 263 in Brooklyn, New York, wherein he quickly became chair of the math department.

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Anthony “Tony” Hoffmann – Education Associate

In a career that spans forty years with the New York City Department of Education and the non-profit education world Tony brings a wide range of experience with him to the Middle College National Consortium.  He joined the MCNC family in January, 2010 and is presently planning MCNC’s Winter Principal’s Leadership Conference and the Summer Leadership Institute while getting out a steady stream of press releases to media across the country.

For the six years previous to coming to MCNC, Tony was Program Manager for High School Transformation at the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA).  In that capacity he managed all programmatic aspects of opening new small high schools and small learning communities; was responsible for a large professional development, multi day, summer institute that served 900 attendees at 3 separate sites; acted as a liaison between ISA and its schools and ISA and the NYC Department of Education; and assisted schools with managing and spending their grant money.

The bulk of Tony’s career was spent as a math and career education teacher and an assistant principal at Middle College High School at LaGuardia Community College.  At Middle College Tony was involved in all aspects of the school’s restructuring, chairperson of the Career Education Department, and parent-outreach coordinator.

Tony has a MS in Supervision and Administration from Bank Street College, an MS in Child and the Individualized Curriculum from City College, a MS in Development Economics from the University of Wisconsin and a BBA in International Trade from the University of Wisconsin.

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Burt Rosenberg Coach

Burt is currently serving in his tenth year as a coach for the Middle College National Consortium.   His responsibilities include on-site and on-line school coaching,, the coordination of leadership training through principal residencies, the coordination of student support workshops at MCNC conferences and the development of an on-line guidance counselor community and student support manual.

Prior to his work at the Consortium, Burt spent 36 years in the New York City public school system as a principal, assistant principal, guidance counselor and teacher.  He spent thirty of those years at the two nationally acclaimed high schools on the campus of LaGuardia Community College in New York, Middle College and International High School,

International High School has long been a model for its innovative structures and practices and for its instructional approach for English language learners.   Early College began at International High School during Burt’s tenure as principal and along with Middle College, became among the first Early Colleges in the country.

Burt has also worked with numerous other organizations involved with educational reform including, the Memphis City Public Schools, the North Carolina New Schools Project, the School Redesign Network at Stanford University, Internationals Network for Public Schools and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.

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