National Dropout Prevention Network Board Member Chosen to Helm Nationwide Education Company
Stuart Udell, Longtime Board Member, Now CEO of Achieve3000
Anderson, SC—(May 2, 2018)—Stuart Udell, longtime National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN) Board member and former Board Chair, has been named the Chief Executive Officer of Achieve3000, a company that developed an advanced online model of differentiated instruction. Udell, who served most recently as CEO of K-12, Inc, is a nationally recognized leader in online and blended learning educational delivery systems and is credited with transforming several other educational companies in his 25-year career before joining Achieve3000.
“I am thrilled to join a company that believes so strongly in the promise of every child – that all students can have the opportunity to graduate from high school with the skills needed for college and career success, regardless of background or reading level,” said Udell. “This is a dynamic time for the company. I look forward to building a plan to accelerate growth with the core model, while assessing opportunities to expand through new products and services in addition to entry into new markets.”
“Stuart Udell has been instrumental in advancing the National Dropout Prevention Network’s mission,” said Dr. Sandy Addis, Executive Director of NDPN. “As a former Board Chair, he directed the organization to achieve and surpass its goals. As a Board member for 16 years, Stuart continues to dedicate his career to improving educational outcomes for all students. I have no doubt his selection as CEO of Achieve3000 will help propel that organization in the same way Stuart has led other companies to success.”
At Achieve3000, Udell will guide a company that provides proven solutions for grades PreK-12 and adult education that meet every instructional need to ensure all students master the literacy skills required for success in school and beyond. Achieve3000 has created the only literacy platform that uses a patented instructional model to improve literacy across the content areas and drive college and career readiness by combining summative and embedded formative assessments with differentiated instruction, so students always see content and supports at their just-right reading level. With lessons customized for individual state standards and curricula, and anytime/anywhere access, the Achieve3000 platform ensures every student can participate in grade-level instruction.
Udell joined Achieve3000 with extensive leadership experience in the education industry. He served as CEO of K12 Inc., the nation’s largest operator of virtual schools and Executive Chairman and CEO of Catapult Learning, a school operator and provider of Title I instructional services. He was also CEO of Penn Foster, a global leader in high school and career-focused online learning and spent the 11 years prior at Kaplan, most recently as President of Kaplan K12 Learning Services, where he built the K-12 school division. Udell also served as President of the School Renaissance Institute, a division of Renaissance Learning, and years later joined the company’s board of directors.
Udell has spent the last 16 years on the board of the National Dropout Prevention Network, where he was recognized for his substantial contribution as Chairman. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Successful Practices Network, the Foundation for Blended and Online Learning, USATestPrep, and Ventris Learning. He received the Education Warrior Award from the I Have a Dream Foundation. Udell holds an MBA from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Bucknell University.
About the National Dropout Prevention Center/Network (NDPC/N)
The NDPC/N was begun in 1986 to serve as a clearinghouse on issues related to dropout prevention, and to offer strategies designed to increase the graduation rate in America’s schools. Over the years, the NDPC/N has become a well-established national resource for sharing solutions for student success. It does so through its clearinghouse function, active research and evaluation projects, publications, and through a variety of professional development activities. The organization’s Web site—www.dropoutprevention.org—is the nation’s leading resource in providing effective, research-based solutions to engaging students and reducing dropout. In addition, the NDPC/N conducts a variety of third-party evaluations and Program Assessment and Reviews (PARs). By promoting awareness of successful programs and policies related to dropout prevention, the work of the Network and its members has made an impact on education from the local to the national level.
Achieve3000® is the leading literacy platform in today’s blended learning programs, with cloud-based solutions that serve nearly three million students worldwide. Based on decades of scientific research, Achieve3000’s patented and proven differentiated instruction for grades PreK-12 and adult education reaches all students at their individual reading levels, with 12 levels in English and 8 in Spanish, to accelerate learning, improve high stakes test performance, and drive college and career success. The company’s global headquarters is in Lakewood, NJ. Learn more at www.achieve3000.com.
Photo caption: Stuart Udell, National Dropout Prevention Network Board member and CEO of Achieve3000