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May 27, 2014

William Wong, Teacher, Gabrielino High School, and President, San Gabriel Teachers Association

In the four years I've been writing this series, I've profiled a number of teachers, but no teachers union leaders. Given the critical role teachers unions play in shaping the politics, policy, and day-to-day realities of public education in this country, that seemed problematic. So I'm glad to corr...

May 19, 2014

Joe Manko, Principal, Liberty Elementary School, Baltimore City Public Schools

After a decade of focus on teacher quality, policymakers and education leaders are increasingly recognizing the critical importance of school leaders to student learning. As principal of Liberty Elementary School, a high-performing, high-poverty elementary school in Northwest Baltimore, Joe Manko ha...

May 16, 2014

Anne Hyslop, Policy Analyst, New America Foundation

Since 2011, ESEA waivers have allowed a fundamental shift in how many states evaluate school performance and report on these results to parents and the public. No one's been paying closer attention to this experiment than New America Foundation Policy Analyst Anne Hyslop, whose analyses of the impac...

July 08, 2013

Young Education Leader: Kira Orange Jones

Over the past seven years, New Orleans has experienced a dramatic transformation of the city's public educational system, which has been closely watched nationally as a test of new approaches to organizing and delivering public education. As the Executive Director of Teach for America of Greater New...

June 24, 2013

Young Education Leader: Ryan Smith

For those concerned about the future of education reform in the United States, Los Angeles is a critical city to watch. Our nation's second largest school district faces significant education challenges, including a high drop-out rate, student achievement levels well below national and large-city av...

June 20, 2013

Young Education Leader: Rabiah Harris

If there's one thing that everyone in education can agree on, it's the importance and tremendous value of high-quality teachers. But our current education system does little to provide opportunities for excellent teachers to make their voices heard, to grow as leaders and professionals, or extend th...

June 19, 2013

Young Education Leader: Crystal Harmon

Talent matters. That seems like an obvious statement, but for much of its history our public education system failed to identify, prioritize, or value talent in a meaningful way. No organization has done more to shed light on this failure--or to try to change it--than TNTP. Their seminal 2009 report...

June 13, 2013

Young Education Leader Profile: Ethan Gray, CEE-Trust

Urban schools have long been the focus of education reform efforts, because of the shockingly poor outcomes that many large city school systems have produced. Yet a growing number of cities across the country--New Orleans; Washington, D.C.; Denver; and Indianapolis, to name a few--have become models...

June 12, 2013

Young Education Leader Profile: Andrew Coy, Digital Harbor Foundation

Educators, parents, and policymakers increasingly recognize the critical importance of developing students' skills and knowledge in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields--both for national economic competitiveness and for the individual opportunities that skills in these fields op...

June 11, 2013

Profile of ClassDojo Founders Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don

Managing student behavior is one of the biggest challenges teachers face. Further, how schools choose to deal with student behavior can have a significant impact on children's character and social-emotional development. ClassDojo is a technology-based classroom tool that was designed to help teache...

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