Director of Innovative Projects
Mariane Gfroerer is the Director of PACE (Performance Assessment for Competency Education) and College and Career Readiness for the New Hampshire Learning Initiative. In this role she assists schools and districts to build transformational educator leadership in competency education, performance assessment, and personalized approaches as well as to create systems and learning environments to realize the achievement of all students.
Previous to this position with NHLI, she worked for 21+ years for the NH Department of Education as the State Director of PACE and concurrently, the State Director of School Counseling and Psychology. She was one of the original designers and leads of the New Hampshire Performance Assessment of Competency Education (PACE) initiative, a first-of-its-kind performance assessment system developed in 2013 and in operation as a system of state assessment and accountability through a waiver granted by the U.S. Department of Education since 2015.
In the course of her career in innovative educational practices she has enjoyed the opportunity to provide leadership in the creation and ongoing professional development of the NH Competency-Based Transcript, the K-12 Career Development Curriculum Frameworks, and NH’s model of implementation of Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO). She is the author of several articles on career readiness and counseling issues, such as “Styles of Leadership Affect Outcomes”, National Career Guidance News, Vol. 20, Issue 18; and “Career Guidance on The Cutting Edge of Competency-Based Assessment”, Journal of Career Development, Vol. 27, No. 2, Kluwer Academic/ Human Services Press.
Mariane holds an M.A. in counseling psychology from the University of New Hampshire and a B.A. in psychology and philosophy from Notre Dame College and is certified as a Director of School Counseling. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) through NBCC.
Mariane lives in an old New England farmhouse in central NH and enjoys a secret life as a writer of fiction.