Donna Barranco Fisher and Mike Furlong have joined the GLEN (GLobal ENglish) World Board of Directors.
The two join the Board of Directors at a pivotal time as GLEN World embarks on a multi-year strategic plan focused on school readiness for young English learners. The goal is to expand GLEN’s impact first locally in Santa Barbara County and the rest of California, then nationally and internationally.
Fisher and Furlong bring the leadership, expertise and experience to GLEN World to build a lean and agile organization, and to put in place the partnerships necessary to execute its strategic plan.
Fisher has experience in building non-profit organizations, operations, governance, and training in early childhood education. In the community, she has served as Executive Director of the Storyteller Children’s Center and a board member of CALM, Girls Inc., Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, Hospice of SB, Transition House, Jodi House, and Casa Pacifica.
She is involved in resource services for children and families as a board member and participates in organizations such as the Santa Barbara County Child Care Planning Council, the Coalition for the early childhood and family welfare and Quality Counts California.
âWe are delighted that Donna is joining our Board of Directors. Donna has worked closely with us since 2020 and has helped us flesh out our strategic plan and expand our partnerships, âsaid Dr Sumit Singh, Co-Founder and Board Member of GLEN World. Inside, Donna participated in their Courage to Lead program and I was a Katherine Harvey Fellow.
âDonna’s deep commitment, contributions and community connections are tremendous assets to our Board of Directors. “
âI am honored to join the GLEN World Board of Directors. Fluency in English has always been important throughout my professional career, âsaid Fisher. âI believe that every child should have the first opportunities to acquire literacy in English. GLEN World offers these early opportunities to all children to ensure their lifelong success.
Furlong is a distinguished professor emeritus and research professor at the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UCSB. He has extensive research and field experience in child and youth education and has roots in our local school system. He was the co-creator of the Kindergarten Student Entrance Profile (KSEP), a de facto standard for assessing readiness for school.
Furlong’s work on promoting child welfare brings academic research into the real world. He has co-edited the âHandbook of Positive Psychology in Schoolsâ (2009, 2014, 2021) and has written and edited research articles on the subject. He puts his ideas into practice through the Covitality Project, which helps schools foster the socio-emotional development of their students.
Furlong’s association with GLEN World dates back several years. He provided advice on content design and pilot deployments to help young English learners prepare for kindergarten.
“I am delighted to support GLEN World’s much-needed efforts to support the growth of the foundational language and literacy skills of preschool children, which are so essential to their academic and lifelong success throughout their lives,” Furlong said.
âAt GLEN World, we have spent the past eight years researching and testing digital content to help children go from ‘zero to reading’,â said Professor Upamanyu Madhow, Co-Founder / President of GLEN World . âDonna and Mike are joining us as we are about to launch GLEN Learn, a personalized learning app aligned with school readiness standards such as KSEP and DRDP, as iOS and Android mobile apps.
“They are passionate advocates of our vision that every child comes to school ready to learn, and with their help we are building partnerships to ensure our work reaches children in our community who need a boost.” at the very beginning of their schooling. journey. “
Founded in 2012, GLEN World’s mission is to bridge the opportunity gap by increasing early English literacy. The GLEN Learn app is designed for personalized learning at your own pace, targeting early English literacy and school readiness.