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Dane Linn

Director, Education Division

National Governors Association Center for Best Practices

As director of the Education Division at the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices, Dane Linn oversees all education-related policy research, analysis, and resource development. He frequently provides consultation and tailored analysis to all of the nation's governors on a host of issues including No Child Left Behind, early childhood, elementary and secondary, and postsecondary education.

Recognized as a national expert in his field, Mr. Linn has authored numerous policy reports on issues ranging from school finance to teacher quality and school redesign to pay for performance. Recently, under the leadership of former Governor Mark Warner of Virginia, Mr. Linn spearheaded the division's national initiative on Redesigning the American High School. NGA's work will continue to assist governors on developing policies to increase the number of students who graduate from high school ready for postsecondary education and the workplace.

Prior to his work at NGA, Mr. Linn worked at the West Virginia Department of Education where he was responsible for ensuring the implementation of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Before that, he served as legislative liaison to the House of Delegates.

Mr. Linn's professional experience in education began as an elementary school principal and teacher. A graduate of Cabrini College, Mr. Linn received a master's degree from Marshall University Graduate College and is currently a Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.