Cheryl Lemke is President and CEO of the Metiri Group, a consulting firm dedicated to advancing effective uses of technology in education. Prior to launching the firm, she was the executive director of the Milken Exchange on Education Technology for the Milken Family Foundation. Cheryl has published articles and appeared in a variety of media outlets such as Education Week, eSchool News, THE Journal, and numerous other publications. As a recognized speaker and facilitator Ms. Lemke connects with educators, policy makers, private sector leaders, and advocates internationally.
Cheryl regularly collaborates with different educational leaders to deepen their thinking and provide thoughtful evaluation of technologies, learning goals, and systems that support K-16 learning. Ms. Lemke specializes in public policy for K-16 learning technology, working at many levels with governors, legislators, superintendents, professors, business leaders, and teachers. Ms. Lemke’s 25-year career in the public sector and her work with Metiri Group have included projects related to assessing the impact of technology on learning; gauging the progress of states, districts, and schools in bringing technology to the learning process; conducting surveys and focus groups; convening national experts in discussions on policy issues; and designing and prototyping educational technology frameworks.
As an associate superintendent for the Illinois State Board of Education, Ms. Lemke managed a center for learning technology with over 100 staff members, translating the $50 million annual budget into: a new State backbone; professional development centers; community-based technology planning processes for Illinois schools; and online curriculum projects designed to help students learn. Ms. Lemke also oversaw the development of state learning technology plans in both Illinois and Washington. Recognized nationally as a proactive leader in learning technology, and sought after as a consultant, speaker, and writer, Cheryl Lemke has designed policy in the state house that translates into sound educational practice in the schoolhouse.