Mariann Fedele-McLeod is a managing technical assistance consultant at AIR and leads the adult learning practice hub. She has been involved in the field of adult education since 1991 when she taught English as foreign language and engagement in democratic citizenship at Adam Mickiewicz University as part of the Foundation for Democracy in Poland.
In her current role, Fedele-McLeod is responsible for leading major national and state-based adult education initiatives with a focus on collaborative professional learning methods. She has directed multiple U.S. Department of Education-funded projects, and oversaw the development of the Adult Education Teacher Competencies and the English Language Proficiency Standards for Adult Education. She is the project director of the California Department of Education-funded professional development project CALPRO, and of the Nevada Department of Education funded Nevada Adult Education Professional Development project.
Fedele-McLeod was an adult education teacher and program manager in New York City-based programs (including the Brooklyn Public Library) from 1993 to 2001. From 2001 through 2008, she led professional development initiatives on behalf of the New York State Education Department as a staff developer and director of the New York City Regional Adult Education Network. As moderator of the National Institute for Literacy’s Technology and Literacy Community of Practice, a role she held from 2004 through 2008, she led a nationwide discussion of more than 700 adult education practitioners on research, policy, and practice related to the use of technology in adult education. She is a past chair of the Association of Adult Literacy Professional Developers, a national professional development advocacy organization.
Ed.M., English and the Language Arts Education, Rutgers University; B.A., English and History, Rutgers University