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Bob Cunningham, EdM

Executive Director, Learning Development, Understood

Bob Cunningham, EdM, is a nationally known education leader whose career has focused on students who learn and think differently. He serves as executive director of learning development at Understood, where he is a founding expert on learning and attention differences.

Previously, Cunningham was executive director for both the Robert Louis Stevenson School and the Purnell School, and head of school for the Gateway School. Throughout his career, he has consulted with schools, organizations, and families on matters related to the education of diverse learners. He has also worked as a teacher, evaluator, and administrator in several public school districts.

Cunningham has served as a trustee, advisor, or professional advisory board member for organizations such as the National Center for Learning Disabilities, the Reimagine Learning Fund at New Profit Inc., the NVLD Project, the Purnell School, the Meeting House program, the Ideal School, and the Gateway School of Mumbai.

Cunningham holds a BS in education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and two master’s degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University, where he has also been an instructor in the department of special education and the department of curriculum and teaching.

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