Dr. Dana Godek, Managing Partner, CEO
Dr. Dana Godek is an educational policy and social and emotional learning expert. She has served as a teacher, public school administrator, national researcher, and federal/state policy leader. As the CEO of Edu.Solve she leverages her experiences to solve complex educational challenges in partnership with communities.
Dana served on the board of the National Association for Federal and State Program Administrators and is a frequent keynote speaker on federal investment in public education. Her recent publications include ESSER Spending Considerations for Superintendents and ARP Resource Optimization for Student Services. Dana led the Statewide Service Learning initiative for the Virginia Department of Education, managing multiple LEA allocations and performance goals. She was instrumental in the development of the Florida Continuous Management System platform and serves in an ongoing advisory capacity.
As a policy leader and CASEL advisor, she produces thought provoking publications to push thinking and stimulate conversations around equitable student outcomes. Select publications include: The State Theory of Action: Systemic Social and Emotional Learning for States, a national review of state pandemic response and the impact benefits of integrating social emotional learning and workforce preparation.
Daisies Pushing Up is her work of fiction that is largely based on her personal experiences growing up in the foster care system during the 1980s. Dana earned her doctorate in organizational leadership, with a specialization in public policy, and holds the certified fundraising executive credential.
Dana’s Recent Publication Citations:
Godek, D., Miller, A., Tucker, A., Steele, L. (2023). State Bright Spots: SEL and the American Rescue Plan. Chicago: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning.
Atwell, M., Bridgeland, J., Dermody, C. M., Godek, D., Dusenbury, L., Greenberg, M., Solberg, S.H., and Kroyer-Kubicek, R. (2022). Educating Future-Ready Students. Chicago: Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning.
Schreiber, K., Solberg, V.S., Kroyer-Kubicek, R., Dermody, C., Godek, D., Dusenbury, L., Greenberg, M., Cross, R., Clark, N., Reed, K., & Smith, S. (2022). Kansas: A Vision for Integrating SEL with Career and Workforce Development for Students. Coalition for Career Development (CCD) Center.
Curtis, G., Solberg, V.S., Kroyer-Kubicek, R., Dermody, C., Godek, D., Dusenbury, L., Greenberg, M., Cross, R., Lawler, T., & Stoner-Torbet, L. (2022) Delaware: Partnerships Integrate SEL with Career and Workforce Development to Define a New Generation of Learners. Coalition for Career Development (CCD) Center.
Kroyer-Kubicek, R., Solberg, V.S., Dermody, C., Godek, D., Dusenbury, L., Greenberg, M., Smith, K., & LeSage, T. (2022) Wisconsin: Regional Career Pathways Link SEL to Career and Workforce Development. Coalition for Career Development (CCD) Center.
Dermody, C., Dusenbury, L., Greenberg, M., Godek, D., Connor, P., Cross, R., Martinez-Black, T., Solberg, S., Kroyer-Kubicek, R., Atwell, M., Bridgeland, J. (2022). A Developmental Framework for the Integration of Social and Emotional Learning and Career and Workforce Development.
Jackson, D., Wolforth, S., Airhart, K., Bowles, A., Godek, D. & Conner, P. (2021). Integrating Social and Emotional Learning Within a Multi-Tiered System of Supports to Advance Equity. Council of Chief State School Officers.
Yoder, N., Martinez-Black, T., Dermody, C., Godek, D., & Dusenbury, L. (2021) Systemic Social and Emotional Learning for States: Theory of Action.
Yoder, N., Atwell, M.N., Godek, D., Dusenbury, L., Bridgeland, J.M., & Weissberg, R. (2020) Preparing Youth for the Workforce of Tomorrow: Cultivating Social and Emotional Skills Employers Demand. Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, Chicago, IL.
Yoder, N., Posamentier, J., Godek, D., Seibel, K., & Dusenbury, L. (2020) From Response to Reopening: State Efforts to Elevate Social and Emotional Learning During the Pandemic Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, Chicago, IL.