3rd Grade Reading Success Matters

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Ron Fairchild

Ron Fairchild

Ron Fairchild Senior Consultant

In his current position as president and CEO of the Smarter Learning Group, a national education consulting firm, Ron Fairchild helps cities and communities identify proven solutions and strategies to improve public education. Prior to starting the firm, Ron served as the founding CEO of the National Summer Learning Association. He was also executive director of its predecessor organization, the National Center for Summer Learning at Johns Hopkins University from 2002 through 2009.

Under Ron’s leadership, the organization grew from a local program to a national intermediary organization working with a 50-state network of more than 5,000 summer learning providers that collectively serve more than 2 million children and young people annually. His earlier positions as the director of education programs for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and as education associate with the Public Education Network helped him see the breadth of organizations that could provide wonderful learning opportunities for children.

“Teaching was the hardest job I’ve ever done,” says Ron Fairchild of the three years he spent as a classroom teacher. Ron also saw that the light bulb that comes on in the learning process is much more likely to stay on with help from outside the classroom.

Ron holds a BA in political science and history, and a master of Education from Vanderbilt University. He lives outside of Baltimore with his wife Rachel and his two sons, Adam and Matthew.

Role in the Campaign: Ron serves as the lead on the community solutions assurance of the Campaign.  He is responsible for managing the GLR Support Center, which delivers technical assistance in the areas of school readiness, attendance, and summer learning to more than 240 communities across the country that are engaged in efforts to move the needle on third grade reading proficiency.