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Evan Gutierrez

Managing Director for Curriculum and Assessment

Summit Learning Program (SLP)


Evan Gutierrez is the Managing Director for Curriculum and Assessment for the Summit Learning Program (SLP), which is a teaching and learning program that integrates self-directed learning resources for students, teacher-directed project based learning aligned to whole-child development and learning science. The SLP supports teacher-student mentoring, content mastery and skill development in standards-aligned language arts, social studies, math and science courses for grades 4-12. The SLP serves as the core academic program for 480 schools in 43 states. Gutierrez directs the efforts of the 20+ learning and curriculum designers who build the curricular resources and assessment tools that make up the academic program. Previously, Gutierrez oversaw the academic program for Acero Schools in Chicago, which runs 15 schools to provide quality education to 8000 K-12 students. From it’s origins, Acero Schools intended to serve the Latino community in Chicago. Gutierrez worked to integrate the ethos of the organization into the academic program, building culturally relevant humanities curriculum and redesigning the language development program such that students’ cultural and linguistic resources would be leveraged as assets for academic pursuits. During his tenure over academics, Acero Schools was the top performing network of charter schools in Chicago according to the city’s School Quality Rating Policy. Gutierrez has consulted with districts, CMO’s and schools to design new academic programs through partnerships with experts in higher education or industry. He has facilitated design collaborations, patterned on design thinking to tackle course, multi-site program and new school design in NYC, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Chicago. Gutierrez has spoken at SXSW EDU, The Highlander Inst. Blended and Personalized Learning Conference, state level ESSA conferences on the topics of culturally relevant curriculum and equity in personalized learning. He is a seasoned group and workshop facilitator. He has written for The Education Post on equity for emergent bilinguals. Gutierrez earned a BA in Jazz Performance from Berklee College of Music and traveled internationally as a sideman for latin jazz and world music artists before coming to the classroom. He earned an MBA focused on social entrepreneurship from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where he did additional graduate studies on Curriculum and Instruction


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