Barbara Pape, senior director for the Learner Variability Project at Digital Promise, led a three-year national survey on learner variability and teacher practice; wrote the paper defining learner variability; hosts a monthly webinar series; and co-developed The IEP Project. Previously, she worked in policy analysis and communications for nonprofits and in the U.S. Senate. Barbara has written for numerous publications and was editor of the first electronically delivered education newsletter, the Daily Report Card. She produced the Teaching & Learning conference for the National Board; worked in the communications office for the AFT during President Al Shankar's tenure; and headed up government relations for the City Colleges of Chicago. She earned an EdM at Harvard in reading and literacy and completed coursework toward a PhD at the Curry School at the University of Virginia. Barbara launched her career as a middle school teacher in Pittsburgh.