Shari Francis

Shari L. Francis was elected to the Commission in 2017 as a public member.  Most recently, she was Vice President for State Relations at the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  She designed and managed the State Partnership Program, a system for conducting joint state and national accreditation reviews of teacher education programs. During her 23 year tenure at NCATE, the Partnerships functioned in 48 states, DC and Puerto Rico.  In addition, Ms. Francis was instrumental in fostering two important initiatives: one was designed to develop and test performance-based teacher education accreditation standards; and, the second established a state alliance in support of innovative educator preparation grounded in field and clinical experiences.

Ms. Francis’ professional career began as a teacher in Missouri, then went on to include a decade as a senior member of the teacher quality staff at the National Education Association and a position in the US Department of Education.  Currently she is an independent education policy consultant.

She holds a B.S. in education from Southeast Missouri State University and a M.Ed. from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.