Ulcca Joshi Hansen

Ulcca has worked in public education for over twenty years, advocating a vision of education that recognizes, honors and maximizes the unique potential of each individual child.

Ulcca is Associate Director of Education Reimagined, an Initiative of the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution.  She works to build the ecosystem of partners needed to ensure that learner-centered schools and educators can succeed. She is also an author, researcher, consultant, and Founder of Educating Potential and The Third Rail blog. In addition to working directly with organizations and funders around strategic planning, research and student-centered learning initiatives, Ulcca conducted the research that is the subject of her forthcoming book, The Future of Smart.  The book argues that schools must help students find the fit between their passions, their strengths and the needs of a changing world.

Ulcca helps families make school choices as part of her work with the SAGE Center, and has taught at the University of Colorado and the University of Denver. She began her career as an elementary teacher in Newark, NJ.

Ulcca holds a BA in Philosophy and German from Drew University and a certificate in early childhood and elementary education with a focus on special education. She holds a PhD from Oxford University and a JD from Harvard Law School, and has been recognized as a Harry S. Truman Scholar; a British Marshall Scholar; and a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow.