One Schoolhouse Board Congratulates Head of School & CEO Brad Rathgeber on 10 Years of Service and Extraordinary Leadership
On behalf of the 2020-21 One Schoolhouse Board of Trustees, it is my honor and privilege to congratulate and thank Brad Rathgeber, co-founder and original board president of Online School for Girls, and current head of school and CEO of One Schoolhouse, for 10 years of extraordinary executive leadership of this dynamic educational organization.
In the winter of 2009, four independent girls’ schools – Harpeth Hall School (TN), Holton-Arms School (MD), Laurel School (OH) and Westover School (CT) – formed a non-profit consortium to become the world’s first online single-sex school and the first online independent school: the Online School for Girls (OSG). They came together with common beliefs that online education was an increasingly powerful way to learn, and that there was great value in creating an online learning environment built on the traditions of independent schools and girls' schools. Their foresight has proven to be incredibly accurate.
Brad and his colleagues have created a unique supplemental educational organization that provides courses and programs for students and adult learners across our independent school community and across the globe. A smart business model and affordable pricing has allowed all types and sizes of schools, and even individual students, to benefit from One Schoolhouse’s programming. As a result, hundreds of schools and thousands of students benefit from Brad’s leadership annually. Via One Schoolhouse's mission to empower learning and transform education, he has helped numerous schools and associations solve problems and transform their delivery channels.
This recognition for Brad in June 2021 is extremely timely because of his leadership as One Schoolhouse pivoted to support schools through the COVID-19 pandemic as they transitioned to remote instruction. He and his team provided advice, guidance, training, tools and resources every step of the way. As a result of their impact, thousands of educators were better prepared to provide quality remote and hybrid learning experiences this past fall.
During his tenure, Brad has also represented himself and One Schoolhouse with great aplomb through his service on the board of the National Business Officers Association (NBOA), 2012-2018; National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS), 2013-2019; NCAA’s High School Review Committee, 2013-2020; and Educational Records Bureau (ERB), 2019 – Present. In addition, he is a regular contributor to NAIS’ Independent School Magazine, NBOA’s Net Assets magazine and other professional publications. And he is visible at educational conferences and meetings across the country, learning, growing, and sharing industry expertise.
We thank Brad for his service to One Schoolhouse, for his stellar leadership of an innovative and impressive leadership team and faculty, for his contributions to the entire PK-12 independent school community and most of all, for his friendship and collegiality.
With gratitude and admiration,
James R. Palmieri, Ed.D.
Board President, One Schoolhouse
Executive Vice President, NBOA
Comments from prior Board Presidents:
From Kathryn Purcell, One Schoolhouse board president 2017-2020: “Working with Brad has been an incredible professional and personal experience – one that allowed me to grow and learn as much as to serve One Schoolhouse. Brad is a consummate educator and professional. He is both visionary and incredibly adept at management and operations. He is always ahead of the curve, looking beyond the horizon, and fearless about taking on challenge. One Schoolhouse has thrived under his able leadership, and for that, we are immeasurably grateful. “
From Cathy Murphree, Online School for Girls board president 2012-2017: “Brad is a multi-talented leader-visionary, master communicator, relationship-builder, networker, effective team leader – and his positive energy is unsurpassed! One Schoolhouse has been so fortunate to have Brad at the helm; independent schools, teachers and most importantly students have all benefited from Brad’s OSG/One Schoolhouse leadership.”
From Karen Douse, Online School for Girls board president 2011-2012: “I succeeded Brad as board chair when he was hired as OSG’s Head of School. Brad’s greatest gift, then and now, has been his strong vision for the role of online education in the future. It is that unwavering vision that has resulted in the success of One Schoolhouse today.”
Molly Rumsey, Online School for Girls Trustee and Interim Director (2010-11)
6/7/2021 09:24:19 am
Brad is an incredibly visionary leader. His ability to see trends before they happen and to navigate the ever changing world of online education make him stand out among a vast sea of educational leaders. He is incredibly dedicated to the teachers, the students and the school. There is no one who could have taken OSG/OneSchoohouse to the heights it has reached - except for Brad! Cheers to 10 years!
6/7/2021 09:57:43 am
Founder. Leader. Inspiration!
Brad has led Online School for Girls and One Schoolhouse through uncharted waters with incredible insight, strategy, grace, and determination. Brad always confronted each challenge and embraced every opportunity in making One Schoolhouse what it is today. And though my part in the enterprise was so small, Brad always managed to make me feel as though I made a meaningful contribution. I'm sure this is true for others as well. Thanks, Brad, for 10 years of inspired and visionary leadership, and of course for your friendship!
6/7/2021 09:14:06 pm
In addition to all of the wonderful statements already made about Brad, one thing always stood out for me: Brad makes all decisions based on what is in the best interests of the students One Schoolhouse serves. Whether hiring, financial, strategic, etc., Brad always puts the learning at the forefront of his thoughts and actions. Congrats to Brad on 10 years of exceptional leadership!
6/8/2021 06:51:00 pm
Our students have loved their experience with One Schoolhouse. This is because from the start Brad kept the focus on the quality of teaching and on the quality of relationships. This is precisely what students in excellent independent schools expect. To have achieved this in an online program took vision and clarity of purpose that has been beautiful to watch. Congratulations, Brad!
6/9/2021 03:36:05 am
It's amazing to see how far One Schoolhouse has come under your leadership. Under your leadership a grand experiment has become a highly respected academic institution. I'm so pleased to have had the chance to work with you and look forward to what's to come in the next ten years!
6/10/2021 11:44:14 am
Brad, your leadership has helped our school broaden our educational perspective and enabled us to leverage online learning with strategic purpose. Your deep knowledge and forward-thinking approach has personally inspired me to become a better leader!
6/14/2021 02:53:45 pm
Brad in an entrepreneur, innovator, visionary combined with a ground level skill set for finances and programming and technology. To all this, he embodies the EQ essential in all great educators. What a privilege to be there (almost) from the beginning to see the birth, vision, and scaling up of this amazing school under Brad's ever-prescient leadership.
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