Celebrating Excellence in Education

Celebrating Excellence in Education

Friday, December 1, 2017

It is with great honor that we congratulate the 2017-18 AdvancED Global Excellence in Education award recipients, Bill Goodwyn, President and CEO of Discovery Education, and Eduardo Grandío, Coordinator for Accreditation and Regional Director for the Semper Altius network of schools.

The award recognizes these gentlemen for their unparalleled leadership in promoting and advancing excellence in education around the world, including their contributions of:

  • generating a common vision and mission for higher expectations among students, faculty, and the education community;
  • demonstrating a record of significant and distinguished contribution to the education profession;
  • providing a lasting positive impact on student learning;
  • serving as a role model and mentor for students and/or future generations of educators; and
  • and demonstrating significant professional contribution to AdvancED.

A 29-year veteran of Discovery Communications, Bill Goodwyn is president and CEO of Discovery Education. As the leading provider of digital textbooks, curriculum-based digital content, and professional development, Discovery Education is transforming teaching and learning worldwide. Serving 4.5 million educators and over 50 million students, Discovery Education’s services are in half of U.S. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the U.K., and more than 50 countries. Under Mr. Goodwyn's leadership, Discovery Education pioneered the development and implementation of digital textbooks. Designed to replace traditional, hardcopy textbooks as the primary resource for classroom instruction, Discovery Education's engaging digital textbooks, or Techbooks, are among the first to be adopted in multiple U.S. states. In addition, Mr. Goodwyn launched the company’s efforts to forge strategic alliances with Fortune 500 companies, foundations, and associations supporting public education initiatives in the fields of STEM, sustainability, health, financial literacy, and more.

Dr. Grandio began his educational career as a dean of students at a private high school in Mexico City, when he was offered a teaching position at an international boarding school in the United States. He became the principal at this same school in Wisconsin. After 13 years working at Oaklawn Academy, he became the superintendent for the Semper Altius network of schools in the United States, the director for National Consultants for Education (NCE), and the executive director for the International Center for Integral Formation (ICIF). He held this position for 13 years with residence in different states (Connecticut, Texas and Georgia). In 2011, Dr. Grandio went back to Mexico where he is the coordinator for Accreditation and Regional Director for the Semper Altius network of schools. Dr. Grandio holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering, a Master’s in Business Administration, a doctorate in Educational Leadership, and a doctorate in Education Evaluation. Dr. Grandio has served as team member in several Engagement Review Teams in Latin America, and the United States.

Please join us in congratulating both Mr. Goodwyn and Dr. Grandío for their endless contributions, commitment to quality, and to continuous improvement.