RUTH KAPLAN, Combined Jewish Philanthropies as then Director of the Boston-Haifa Connection, a multi-faceted partnership between the sister cities of Boston and Haifa and is a member of then Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. A resident of Brookline, Massachusetts, holds a J.D. from Boston College Law School, an M.Ed. from Boston University, and an M.A. from Brandeis University. She studied in two intensive Yiddish programs abroad, in Paris and Tel Aviv.
Prior to her appointment to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, Ruth Kaplan served for four years as an elected member of the Brookline School Committee,chairing the subcommittees on Policy Review and Government Relations. She was also a board member of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees and a member of its Advocacy and Resolutions committees. Prior to her school committee service, Ms. Kaplan co-chaired the Brookline Special Education Parent Advisory Council.
Ms. Kaplan is a member of the Massachusetts Parent Teacher Association and is the first parent representative appointed to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Members. She is a founder of the Alliance for the Education of the Whole Child, a coalition of more than 45 education and civil rights organizations which organized to critique the overreliance on standardized testing in the public schools and advocate for an assessment system consisting of multiple measures.