Dr. Hilary Ritt focuses on scalable, technology-enabled solutions to the challenges we face in early childhood education. Her background in public schools, higher education, research, and private business has provided a strong foundation for Dr. Ritt’s work in identifying market problems, building solutions to fit, and evaluating outcomes.
Dr. Ritt joins Child Care Aware® of America from Teachstone, where she held a variety of positions, including Director of Content Innovation and Manager of Professional Development and Client Services. Dr. Ritt was a key driver in Teachstone’s creation of a competency-based learning model for ECE teachers and coaches and in articulating best practices for model implementation of data collection, analysis, and professional development for early childhood organizations working to improve teacher-child interactions. While at Teachstone, Dr. Ritt developed content in collaboration with organizations, such as Sesame Street Workshop, and supported high-level clients like Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and City of Chicago Early Learning. Hilary began her career in education as a teacher in Atlanta, Georgia and then followed her passion for teacher education by enrolling in University of Virginia’s Instructional Technology program. At UVA, Dr. Ritt facilitated courses for pre-service teachers learning to integrate technology into their teaching practices, as well as courses for administrators leading school-wide technology initiatives. In her research and teaching, Dr. Ritt has focused on leadership characteristics that support innovation including: fostering an instructional vision, optimizing effective team leadership, professional development, and organizational support.
Dr. Ritt has a bachelor’s degree in science, technology and culture from Georgia Tech, a master’s degree in science education from Georgia State and earned her doctorate from the University of Virginia. Dr. Ritt loves the opportunity to combine her interests in technology, leadership, and learning in pursuit of ensuring every child has access to quality early childhood education.