Welcome! Penelope Bender Joins BurdaEducation

Burda is happy to announce that Penelope Bender has joined BurdaEducation`s management team. She will head BurdaEducation´s global education services.

Dr. Bender came to Burda from USAID, where she was the Lead for Early Grade Reading; Goal 1 of the USAID Education Strategy. At USAID, she supported reading programs in more than forty countries and led policy development to improve student learning, including the founding of the Global Book Alliance. Prior to USAID, she worked for the Hewlett Foundation and the Gates Foundation on the Quality Education in Developing Countries initiative (QEDC). Dr. Bender has also worked extensively on education issues at the World Bank.

She holds a Master’s in International Education from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Teaching, Curriculum and Educational Policy from Michigan State University. She is experienced in education policy, assessment, instruction, textbooks/reading materials, curriculum, teacher professional development, bilingual education and community participation. She has worked extensively in Africa, Asia and Haiti.

I’ve worked on book provision for many years, as a key part of my focus on improving student learning outcomes. After addressing the issues from the public sector side at the World Bank and USAID, I’m delighted to support BurdaEducation as we tackle these issues as a leader in the private sector.