Discovery Institute’s American Center for Transforming Education (ACTE) works with state legislators, policymakers, key leaders, and parents to promote meaningful and lasting change to our nation’s education system. We advocate for policies that empower parents and effectively prepare students for our increasingly competitive global marketplace.

What We Do

ACTE promotes the expansion of public support for families to choose the schools they believe will best serve their children, whether traditional public schools, public charter schools, private schools, microschools, virtual schools, or homeschooling. The parent is the child’s first and most dedicated teacher, and ACTE believes the family has the fundamental responsibility for educating the child. However, recognizing that the majority of students currently attend traditional public schools, we work simultaneously to enhance and improve the operations of our nation’s public schools.

Our Team

Donald Nielsen

Senior Fellow and Chairman, American Center for Transforming Education
Donald P. Nielsen is a Senior Fellow of Discovery Institute and Chair of the Institute's program on public education reform. For nearly 30 years, he has devoted his life work to transforming public education. For two years, he traveled the country studying America's public education system and authored, Every School: One Citizen’s Guide to Transforming Education. Mr. Nielsen was awarded the Harvard Business School's 2004 Alumni Achievement Award. In 2009, he received the Leadership Award from the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.

Keri D. Ingraham

Director and Fellow, American Center for Transforming Education
Dr. Keri D. Ingraham is a Fellow of Discovery Institute and Director of the Institute’s American Center for Transforming Education. She spent nearly two decades leading within the field of education as a national consultant, requested conference speaker, head of school, virtual and hybrid academy director, administrator, classroom teacher, and athletic coach. Her areas of education expertise include innovation, thought leadership, research, online learning best practices, customized hybrid program development, business model creation, operations effectiveness, and strategic planning for sustainability and scaling.