George Lucas Educational Foundation Celebrating our 25th Anniversary!

Chad Ratliff

Chad leads the district's expansion of nontraditional learning experiences such as integrated curriculum, customized pathway options, maker-centered learning, and entrepreneurial opportunities as part of its emphasis on student agency and lifelong learning. He has represented the district's work in these areas at the White House on several occasions, presented for the National Science Foundation and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and frequently invited to speak on these topics across the country. He also serves as Project Director for the $3.4 million U.S. Department of Education's Investing in Innovation (i3) grant, "Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Design as a Driver of Cross-Curricular Change", and heads up strategic partnerships for the district, including collaborations with MIT, Smithsonian, University of Virginia, Fablevision, Battelle, Princeton, Indiana University, and the Maker Education Initiative.

Also an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship and active in the entrepreneurial community, Chad was appointed by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to his Council for Youth Entrepreneurship in 2015, served as a StartupWeekend EDU organizer and coach, and was a facilitator for the High School of the Future Startup event at the Governor's 2013 Virginia STEM Summit. He was also a Virginia Board of Education appointee to the State Advisory Committee for Career and Technical Education from 2009-2015.

Chad earned his Master's Degree in Education from the University of Virginia and his MBA from Virginia Tech. He is also an alumnus of the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business Executive Educators Leadership Institute.

Areas of Interest: 
maker education,
design thinking,
progressive education