Ken Simon has 30 years of experience working in education. Throughout his career, his passion and focus have been on ensuring that all students have access to deeper and more meaningful learning experiences. He began his journey as a social studies classroom teacher and has served as a curriculum/instruction leader, coach, district leader and professional development provider across all content areas. Over the course of his career, he has collaborated with other educators to lead the development of four new schools. He was a school designer for Expeditionary Learning (EL Schools), where he helped lead the development of MESA, a 6-12 Gates funded small school. For Minneapolis Public Schools he has served as a teacher, Middle School Reform Coordinator, and Director of Secondary Schools. Before coming to IEL he served as the Chief Learning Officer for World Savvy, a national global education organization. Simon has conducted workshops and presentations on equity and pedagogy, assessment, global education, and Social Studies and science content. He has also a published curriculum writer and teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses at the university level.
He is currently writing his dissertation on equitable access to inquiry-based learning and teaching at East Carolina University.