Alison Arnold is a roving field guide for learning – foraging ideas and resources to enhance the lives of children and communities. Through her company Learning Potentials, Arnold works directly with educational organizations ranging from early childhood to higher education to facilitate outreach, rapid innovation, program development, applied research, grants, and project management.
Alison’s expansive experience crosscuts education, business, and philanthropy. She has supported P-16 educators, researchers, and policy leaders through her work at Michigan State University’s Office of K-12 Outreach. Arnold provided communications direction for the exchange of ideas, expertise, and improvement strategies to support excellence for every child, in every classroom, in every school throughout Michigan. Prior to joining MSU, Alison directed marketing, communications, and volunteer services for a large school district in Northwest Michigan and led innovative community engagement initiatives and partnerships that fueled new programs to support children’s learning.
Alison earned an Education Specialist Degree and is a doctoral candidate at Central Michigan University. In 2010, Arnold completed a fellowship with the Michigan Education Policy Program through Michigan State University and the Institute for Educational Leadership. Additionally, the Pawley Learning Institute at Oakland University has certified Arnold in Lean Thinking for Schools. Alison’s continuous discovery of common threads that weave people together inspires her to contribute her best work yet to change.
In every moment, we can choose to matter, to help make meaning, and give gratitude for the blessings of learning and growing through work, family, and friends.