Dr. Helen Janc Malone joined IEL in 2013 as the director of institutional advancement and in 2014 also began directing IEL’s Education Policy Fellowship Program. She also directs IEL’s education policy portfolio and is the secretary of the board. Helen is focused on continuing to grow IEL as premier voice on cross-boundary leadership. Her areas of expertise include education policy and leadership, expanded learning, and systems-level change in both national and global contexts.
Helen is the chair of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Educational Change Special Interest Group (SIG), board member of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement, editor-in-chief of the Information Age Publishing book series, Current Issues on Out-of-School Time, and serves on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed Journal of Expanded Learning Opportunities. She is also a peer reviewer for several academic journals focused on educational change, youth development, and school-community partnerships.
Her recent books include: The Growing Out-of-School Time Field: Past, Present, and Future (Information Age Publishing, 2018); The Future Directions of Educational Change: Social Justice, Professional Capital, and Systems Change (Routledge, 2018); "Empowering Teachers: The Role of School-Community Partnerships" (book chapter with IEL's Reuben Jacobson in Flip the System: Changing Education from the Ground Up, 2015); Leading Educational Change: Global Issues, Challenges, and Lessons on Whole-System Reform (Teachers College Press, 2013), The Futures of School Reform (Harvard Education Press, 2012, co-authored chapter with Jeffrey Henig and Paul Reville). Her recent journal issue is "Broadening Professional Communities Through Collaborative Partnerships," Journal of Professional Capital and Community (Vol. 2, Issue 4, 2017).
She has co-founded two special interest groups within AERA. She has given distinguished lectures domestically and abroad and has appeared in mass media, including PBS, C-SPAN, Huffington Post, and has run two Education Week blogs.
Helen holds Ed.D. in education policy, leadership, and instructional practice from Harvard University.