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Practitioner’s Perspective: Data Collection in a Post-COVID World

Kasia Razynska

MAEC’s Director of Evaluation, Kasia Razynska, examines how her work has changed during COVID-19, identifies her concerns for the 2021-2022 school year, and makes the case for a new system of data collection and analysis in K-12 schools.   How did your work change during COVID-19? In the past two years, some of the academic… Read More »

MAEC’s Reads: September 2021

Welcoming the new school means welcoming more opportunities to learn, grow, and read! MAEC staff is committed to excellence and equity, at work and beyond. Reading helps us to explore our content areas and strengthen our capacity to be the best leaders and organizers we can be.  We will post new lists over time, and… Read More »

MAEC’s Reads: July 2021

Summer, spring, winter, fall – we love to read all year round! When we’re not hard at work with MAEC, you can find us with our noses in books to learn how to become the best equity leaders and organizers we can be. We will post new lists over time, and we welcome your suggestions.… Read More »

MAEC’s Reads: May 2021

It’s no surprise that so many of us love to read. After all, we are advocates for learning! Each month, our staff discusses the books we are reading. These books (listed below) help us think about how to best fulfill the mission of MAEC and how to become the best leaders we can be. We will post new lists over time,… Read More »

MAEC Employee Spotlight: Interview with Maria Del Rosario (Charo) Basterra

Charo Basterra

Goodbye & Thank You, Charo!  MAEC says, “gracias y adios” to one of our long-term English Learners aficionados. Read a segment of Charo’s interview here: Interviewer: 28 years is a long time to work anywhere! What kept you at MAEC? Charo: I have asked that question myself many times. I think that having independence to… Read More »

National Literacy Month

In November 2020, MAEC celebrated National Literacy Month by asking MAEC staff to recommend their favorite equity books. Check out their book recommendations below:   Charo Basterra Mira Best Dannele Ferreras Carol Gant Kim Grossett Young-chan Han Michelle Nutter Earnest Offley Jenny Portillo Mariela Puentes Kasia Razynska Karmen Rouland  Phoebe Schlanger Susan Shaffer  Marianna Stepniak and… Read More »

Staff Book Recommendations: Earnest Offley

My first recommendation is a book: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, which talks about mass incarceration and the school to prison pipeline. My other recommendation is a documentary, actually: Ava Duvernay’s 13th is a must-see. I honestly had no idea how in-depth the prison system was from an education standpoint in minority communities.… Read More »

Staff Book Recommendations: Michelle Nutter

Michelle Nutter

I have two books that I would like to share with you. I’m still reading the first book: Beyond Ally: The Pursuit of Racial Justice by Dr. Maysa Akbar. She says that as we engage in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and social justice work, being an ally isn’t enough. We need to do more.… Read More »

Staff Book Recommendations: Mariela Puentes

Mariela Puentes

The first book that I’m sharing is one of my absolute favorites: Home Advantage: Social Class and Parental Intervention in Elementary Education by Annette Lareau. It talks about what cultural capital schools value, how they value it, and why this can perpetuate inequality. For example, if a school values deference over criticism, it elevates families… Read More »

Staff Book Recommendations: Mira Best

photo of Mira Best

I have two book recommendations: The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein, and Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. The Color of Law brilliantly lays out the housing policies that have produced and promoted residential racial segregation. Just Mercy lays bare the institutional racism inherent in the criminal legal system, and it does so in an… Read More »

The MAEC blog is designed to engage hearts and minds of school and district leaders across the country to engage in issues that you have identified as being essential in education. Opinions do not necessarily reflect the views of the organization.

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