January 16, 2014

Innovating for equity

Original op-ed in HuffPost Education by Elisa Villanueva Beard.

The other Teach For America alums that were profiled — Sydney Morris ’07, Evan Stone ’07, Katie Beck ’08, Mandela Schmacher-Hodge ’08, Dan Caroll ’09, Elliot Sanchez ’08, Beth Schmidt ’07 and Caryn Voskuil ’09 — have seen similar success in their work. These alumni are imagining solutions to the problems they saw firsthand as classroom teachers.

When Sydney Morris taught second and third grade and Evan Stone taught sixth, for instance, they noticed how few of their colleagues’ voices were represented in the growing public policy debate around improving education. The real experts were in our nation’s classrooms, yet they had little say in the way policies were adopted or implemented. So Sydney and Evan started¬†Educators 4 Excellence¬†(E4E), a nonprofit that helps elevate the voices and ideas of teachers in the policy making process with government, union, and education leaders.

To read the original op-ed, visit HuffPost Education.