Dr. Richard Schroeder is the Chief Education Programming Officer of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute (RRFPI), the sole nonprofit organization created by President Reagan charged with advancing his legacy and principles of individual liberty, economic opportunity, freedom and democracy, peace through strength, and national pride.
In this capacity, Dr. Schroeder oversees the educational outreach and programming for the globally recognized non-partisan organization based in Simi Valley, California, which sustains the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum, the most visited presidential library in the country; the Reagan Center for Public Affairs; the Presidential Learning Center; The Air Force One Pavilion; the award-winning Discovery Center; and the Reagan Institute, which carries out the Foundation’s mission in Washington, D.C.
Most recently, Dr. Schroeder served as a Partner/Vice-President at the Center for Model Schools, a division of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH). Richard has been part of HMH since 2017, where he also held the role of Senior National Director of Assessment, Analytics and Program Development. Both roles provided experience working in every U.S. state, supporting education policy makers, leaders, teachers, and parents through the development of award-winning digital learning and professional development.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Schroeder served students in a wide array of educational environments -- as a National Board-Certified teacher, school leader, director of assessment, and district leader of one of the largest school systems in Illinois. His experience includes working in urban and suburban school districts, establishing nonprofit education foundations, serving on national education organizations, and leading local teacher’s associations. He brings significant research and data analytic experience related to monitoring student growth and using student assessment data to drive instructional decisions.
Dr. Schroeder earned a Doctorate in Educational Policy and Organizational Leadership from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he also earned a Master of Arts in Educational Finance, Policy, and Organizational Leadership. He also holds Master of Arts in History and Bachelor of Arts degrees in Education and History from Northeastern Illinois University and the University of Virginia, respectively.