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Michele Shannon, Ed.L.D.'13: Leading into Learning with Boston's Chief of Schools

Michele Shannon, Chief of Schools, Boston Public Schools
by Laura Burgos, Ed.L.D. candidate
June 21, 2017

Michele ShannonWhen Michele Shannon, Ed.L.D.‘13, was asked to take on the role of Chief of Schools for Boston Public Schools (BPS), she knew the position would be critical in improving student achievement across the district and ensuring that all students were prepared for college and/or a career upon graduating. The role was the first of its kind and was designed to support the Instructional Superintendents Team tasked with developing school and teacher leaders. Having experienced completing high school ill-prepared for the demands of post-secondary education, Dr. Shannon’s charge as a leader is very much personal.

Lizette B. Suxo, Ed.L.D.'13

Lizette B. Suxo, Country Manager, Chile, The 1 World Network of Schools
by Matthew Presser, Ed.L.D. candidate
June 14, 2017

Lizette B. SuxoBig-name charter management organizations like KIPP and Uncommon Schools have gotten similar results in urban and rural communities around the U.S. So how might they work abroad?

For the last two years, Lizette B. Suxo, Ed.L.D.’13, has drawn on her experience as a charter school teacher and administrator to support the launch of a KIPP-inspired school in Chile and to train instructional coaches who work with teachers and principals there. As Chile’s country manager for The 1 World Network of Schools, an organization that creates similar schools in six countries, Suxo has seen firsthand what works and what gets lost in translation in a country with a different language and different customs.

Jason Yamashiro, Ed.L.D.'14, driving instructional change from the district office

Jason Yamashiro, Superintendent, Old Adobe Union School District
by Laura Burgos, Ed.L.D. candidate
May 24, 2017

Jason YamashiroBorn to parents who met at the University of California’s Berkeley campus while handcuffed to a table during a student protest, Jason Yamashiro, Ed.L.D.’14, developed a passion for equity at an early age. His father served on local school boards throughout his secondary and post-secondary school years, and Yamashiro attended public schools his entire life. The oldest of three children, Yamashiro spent his early years working at summer camps and afterschool programs. After his first formal teaching in Oakland Public Schools, he realized that his leadership in the classroom could translate into leading adults, where he could serve as an even greater lever for change.

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Annice Fisher, Ed.L.D.'17: Meet Ed.L.D Marshal Annice Fisher

May 31, 2017
Annice Fisher knows that when it comes to education, most parents want what’s best for their kids. She experienced it growing up after her mother moved their family from Englewood, a deeply troubled neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago, to the North Side so that Annice and her brother could go to better schools.

David Hay, Ed.L.D.'17: Meet Ed.L.D. Marshal David Hay

May 31, 2017
David Hay, Ed.L.D.’17, has come a long way from Antigo, Wisconsin, his hometown of 8,000 people from which he had to drive 40 miles to get to a mall. His new adopted city of New York, where he has taken a position as director of organizational effectiveness for the New York City Department of Education under Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, is just a bit larger.

Paola Peacock Friedrich, Ed.L.D.'14: Harvard Alumni Association Elected Director

May 19, 2017

Paola Peacock Friedrich, Ed.L.D.'14 is one of six HAA Elected Directors. The Elected Directors were each elected for three-year terms. They were chosen from a slate of nine candidates, who were nominated by a Harvard Alumni Association committee as prescribed by the election rules. Harvard degree holders cast 28,541 ballots in the election.

Dwight Rhodes, Ed.L.D.'17: Show what you know

May 10, 2017

Dwight E. Rhodes, Ed.L.D.'17 and Dan Brown explore the critical role educator microcredentials can play in a shift toward personalized learning and development. Read more on kappanonline.org.

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