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Alumni Features

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.

In the News

Christine Ortiz, Ed.L.D.'17 and the Equity Design Collaborative

April 14, 2017

Julie Freeland Fisher discusses the Equity Design Collaborative in her article Making Equity a First Principle of the Personalized-Learning Era on the 74 website. Christine Ortiz, Ed.L.D.'17 is part of a team that developed the EquityxDesign framework that "can help school designers (and redesigners) integrate equity as a first principle into blended and personalized learning efforts.

Personalized Learning Initiative: The Learning Accelerator and Beth Rabbitt, Ed.L.D.'13

April 5, 2017

Beth Rabbitt, Ed.L.D.'13, CEO of the Learing Accelerator is featured on the New Profit website. The Learning Accelerator will receive an unrestricted grant of $1 million as part of the Personalized Learning Initiative. the initiative is "an effort to invest in promising new approaches and technologies that can give students more agency in their own learning journey and provide teachers with tools to tailor classroom instruction to the unique needs of each student."

Cheryl Camacho Lewis, Ed.L.D. '19: Leading Learning

March 16, 2017

Cheryl Camacho Lewis, Ed.L.D. '19 is profiled on the Harvard Graduate School of Education website. Camacho "brings her personal experience as a student and a teacher to her vision of leading for equity in schools".

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