Education Council

Diana Bourisaw

Dr. Bourisaw is President and Founder of Learning Curve Advisors, LLC, a professional services firm helping education business, non profits, and schools improve their investment in learning. Diana has served as the Chief Academic Officer for Pearson. Before coming to Pearson, Diana was the Deputy Chancellor for School Improvement and Student Achievement for the state of Florida. She has been a consultant, a Superintendent in St. Louis Public Schools and an Area Administrator in the Sacramento City Unified School District. She has also been a state board member, public and private school board member, building principal and teacher. Diana has a PhD in Educational Administration, and an M.A. in Special Education, B.S. in Psychology and B.S.E in Special Education. She has designed and taught courses at Columbia Teachers College, Maryville University, Webster University and University of Missouri St. Louis.

Additionally Dr. Bourisaw has led digital development transitions, consulted in several countries and the US on blended and virtual learning and implemented Fullan’s Digital Innovation Index. She was a founding member of the National Superintendents Roundtable, a Danforth Superintendent, Vanderbilt Principals Academy graduate, faculty member Urban Leaders Program at Teacher’s College, Harvard PELP program, elected and appointed school Board member, conference speaker/presenter, coauthored two books, and numerous articles. Dr. Bourisaw has recently been appointed to the Board of the Huntsville Network for Urban School Renewal and the Advisory Board for Brainrush, an open learning platform founded by Nolan Bushnell, creator of Atari and Chuck E. Cheese.

Sherryl Browne Graves

Professor Sherryl Browne Graves is trained in psychology with a doctorate from Harvard University in Clinical Psychology and Public Practice and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Swarthmore College.

Professor Graves teaches courses in psychological foundations of education including courses in child development, educational psychology and educational research. In the new masters program in educational psychology she will be responsible for the courses in cognition and educational technology and multicultural issues in learning and instruction.

Professor Graves’ research interests focus on children’s understanding of racial and ethnic portrayals in mass media, the effects of diversity in the educational process and the use of technology in teaching and learning. She has served as a consultant and advisory board members to numerous media organizations including Sesame Workshop, WGBH and KCET Public Television Stations, Discovery Kids and the Public Broadcasting Service.

H. Richard Milner, IV

Dr. Milner was recently appointed by the University of Pittsburgh as the Dr. Helen S. Faison Chair in Urban Education, professor of education, and director of the university’s Center for Urban Education. His research has focused on teaching and policy interests, teacher preparation, urban education, as well as race and equity in society and education. He has published over 60 journal articles including several books. Start Where You Are, But Don’t Stay There: Understanding Diversity, Opportunity Gaps, and Teaching in Today’s Classrooms, a recent publication, was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Book Award by The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Prior to his role at the University of Pittsburgh the noted scholar was Associate Professor of Education in the Department of Teaching and Learning at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. He also served on various non-profit boards.