NLET Board of Directors, Chairman of the Board

Ed Stanford has spent over 40 years in educational publishing. He was president of two of the three largest higher education publisher for over twenty years. He was president of what was then the Prentice Hall College Division (now Pearson) from 1984-1994. From 1994-1997, he was president of St. Martin’s College Division as it was merged into what became Macmillan College Publishing. All of that experience was “pre-digital.” From 2000 to 2011, he was president of the McGraw-Hill Higher Education Group, with the last six of those years “in education and technology,” dating the real traction and meaningful development of things-digital to about 2004-5. He was deeply involved in the development of digital strategies and digital product, including the work that led to McGraw-Hill’s learning management platform (Connect) and to their assessment products.


NLET President & Founder, Vice Chairman, Board of Directors

Freedman founded NLET because there was no national resource to research, analyze and redesign education practice and learning strategies that worked at a strategic level incorporating the advanced information technologies commonly used in consumer and commercial social and data technologies.

Freedman served as VP, Global Education Strategy for eLearning leader Blackboard, Inc. from 2005 until 2012. In this position, he visited 18 countries and met with numerous leaders in government, higher educations, schools, research institutes and related associations. He also helped create, as well as led, the Blackboard Institute, which concentrated on K-through-College progression in the U.S. Freedman’s global work for Blackboard focused on education change and innovation primarily in higher education and government policy. Short Bio (pdf)


NLET Board of Directors (elect), Secretary, Math Division Chief

Richard Rasiej is a Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education where he works on both finding ways to improve the quality  of K-5 math instruction, and also to help produce better outcomes for students in math at the community college and undergraduate level.  He also currently teaches at Santa Monica College as an adjunct instructor, most recently teaching a precalculus with concurrent support class.  He taught mathematics at the high school and middle school level for the Los Angeles Unified School District from 2005 through 2012.


NLET Board of Directors, Higher Education Impact

 Dr. Terri E. Givens is Provost and Professor at Menlo College in the San Francisco Bay Area. From the Fall of 2003 until the Spring of 2015 she was a Professor in the Government Department at the University of Texas at Austin where she also served as Vice Provost for International Activities and Undergraduate Curriculum from 2006 to 2009, Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center’s European Union Center of Excellence, and Co-Director of the Longhorn Scholars Program.  She directed the Center for European Studies and the France-UT Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies from 2004-2006. Her faculty appointments included the LBJ School of Public Affairs, European Studies, and she was affiliated with the Center for Women and Gender Studies, Center for African and African-American Studies and was a Fellow in the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Law and Security. She was a faculty member in the Political Science Department at the University of Washington from 1999 to 2003.

She received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her B.A. from Stanford University. Her academic interests include radical right parties, immigration politics, and the politics of race in Europe.  She has conducted extensive research in the European Union, particularly in France, Germany, Austria, Denmark and Britain. She is the author/editor of several books on immigration policy, European politics and security, including Voting Radical Right in Western Europe, Immigration Policy and Security and Immigrant Politics: Race and Representation in Western Europe.Her most recent book is Legislating Equality: The Politics of Antidiscrimination Policy in Europe (Oxford University Press, May 2014).

A sought-after expert and speaker, she has lectured and served on panels at international and national conferences on topics as diverse as immigration politics, the radical right, minorities, the globalization of public policy and how manage life in academia. A popular writer, blogger and social media enthusiast, Givens can be found online at and via her blogs:,, her column at Inside Higher Ed and on Twitter @TerriGivens. She is very active in the community, having been a member of several nonprofit boards and is an avid runner/cyclist.


NLET Board of Directors, K12 Math Learning

Ferdinand “Ferdie” Rivera, Professor and Interim Associate Department Chair in the Department of Teaching at Learning at Loyola Marymount University, conducts research in school-based mathematical cognition, in particular, the emergence of structural thinking in children and adults. Rivera’s research program falls under the category of psychology of mathematics education with a focus on the development of mathematical cognition in school situations. His investigations focus on ways in which individual learners employ visualization to make sense of mathematical concepts and processes. He recently concluded longitudinal studies on pattern generalization at the elementary and middle school levels, and he is also developing prototype models of visual animation tasks that are designed to mediate in elementary learners’ understanding of hard-to-reach mathematical concepts. Rivera’s research is supported by a Career grant from the National Science Foundation. He is a former Professor of Mathematics and Cognition at San Jose State University, and received his PhD from Ohio State University Main Campus, 1998 with a Postgraduate Diploma in Cultural Studies from the Center for Development Research, University of Bonn, Germany, 2000.



NLET Board of Directors, Executive Committee

Dr. Kurt Steinhaus is the Superintendent of the Los Alamos (NM) Public Schools. Steinhaus stepped down as Director, Community Programs Office, Los Alamos National Laboratory, where until Summer 2015 he ran an organization of over 200 people that connects the Lab with New Mexico communities, ensuring positive impact on region’s economy, environment, educational system, and quality of life. Steinhaus served as New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson’s Education Policy Advisor, as Deputy Cabinet Secretary New Mexico Department of Education, President of the International Society for Education and Technology (ISTE), State Director of Educational Technology New Mexico Department of Education, and Assistant Superintendent for Accountability and Information Services.


NLET Board of Directors

Dr. Hernandez received his MA and Ph.D. (1980) from Stanford University’s School of Education where he specialized in the History of Education. He received his B.A. in American History from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970 and an Associate in Arts Degree from Sierra Junior College in Rocklin, California in 1968.

Dr. Hernandez was Vice Chancellor for Students at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa from August, 2006 to February, 2015. In this position he oversaw admissions, financial aid, housing services, counseling services, student health services, student government, and a set of specialized services for target groups including low-income and minority students. He also created the Online Learning Academy that provides online academic support services to students in Hawaii.

Prior to joining the University of Hawaii, he served as Vice Chancellor for students at the University of California, Santa Cruz where he oversaw all aspects of student life. Prior to UC Santa Cruz, Dr. Hernandez held several administrative positions at UC Berkeley. During his administration at UC Santa Cruz he had the role of founder and project director for the University of California College Prep initiative. This project created $10 million of online curriculum content and distributed that content to schools throughout the US.

Dr. Hernandez has extensive experience have served as a teacher’s aide, teacher, and Principal of an alternative school. He holds teaching credentials in elementary and secondary education. He has presented extensively on alternative learning and the use of technology to provide access to higher education.  He has also held administrative posts in higher education with an emphasis on expanding access and equity for low-income and minority students. His doctoral research focused on the creation of alternative public schools by communities to maintain their language and culture.

He has served on numerous boards, including the Hawai‘i Charter School Review Panel, the Legislative Task Force for Online Learning- charged with developing a report for the State of Hawai‘i, and is a founding member and former chair of the Board of Directors for the North American Council for Online Learning. (iNACOL)

Dr. Hernandez served on the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) representing California and Hawaii.  Most recently he is a Board member of the Foundation for Student Success administered through NCHEMS, the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE), and the National Laboratory for Educational Technology.



NLET Senior Board Advisor

Dr. Resta holds the Ruth Knight Milliken Centennial Professorship of Learning Technology in the College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Resta’s current work focuses on information & communication technologies in teacher education and research on collaborative web- based learning environments and virtual worlds.

He serves as President of the International Jury for the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Prize for ICT in Education and was recently honored at the awards ceremony by the Director-General of UNESCO for his leadership of the jury. Dr. Resta was the Founding President of The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and served as President of the International Council for Computers in