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Education, Employment, and Community Programs
Education Development Center, Inc.
55 Chapel Street
Newton MA 02458-1060
Phone: (617) 969-7100
Fax: (617) 332-4318
Vivian Guilfoy, senior vice president of Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) and director of its Education, Employment, and Community Programs. Built on the idea that equity and excellence are inseparable, the Center's mission is to work differently with educators, employers, labor, and community to create environments where the natural talents of people grow, learners achieve, workers advance in careers, and people contribute to the growth of their communities. At EDC since 1971, Ms. Guilfoy brings more than 30 years experience in designing, managing, evaluating, and disseminating model programs and policies in school improvement, workforce education, and community development. Her special interest is facilitating partnerships and strengthening systems that help all learners achieve to high standards, especially those who face multiple obstacles in school or work.
Ms. Guilfoy currently serves as senior advisor for several national initiatives. These include the America Connects Consortium, a national effort to improve the achievement of high school students through creative use of technology; The New England Comprehensive Assistance Program, providing technical assistance and professional development to improve school performance; NSF's ITEST (Information Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers) Learning Resource Center, which will serve 40 NSF youth-based and teacher education projects; YouthLearn, a comprehensive resource for youth development professionals and educators interested in creating exciting learning environments in and after school; Gender Diversities and Technology Institute, a national center that promotes effective ways to use diversity as a strength in human development at any age; Young Leaders, a leadership development program for teenagers from poor urban communities.
Over the years, she has helped to leverage the talents of diverse groups to address social and economic issues that affect their lives—in education and literacy, workforce development, equity and ethics, homelessness, public health, violence prevention, and technology.