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MAEC Internship – Chi Ali-Cooper

Meet Chi Ali-Cooper, MAEC Communications Team Intern! We have been lucky to have a thriving internship program with dedicated, enthusiastic interns who share our passion for education equity. We recently sat down with Chi to learn more about her commitment to education equity and her highlights as an intern at MAEC. Tell us about yourself!… Read More »

Practitioner’s Perspective – Retaining Teachers of Color (Jordan Gilliard)

Communications Team Intern Jordan Gilliard draws from her experiences as a teacher during COVID-19 to identify issues contributing to teacher shortages. She shares personal examples of resources and strategies that supported her mental wellness, and advocates for systemic change in order to support teachers.    What have you observed or experienced while teaching during COVID-19?… Read More »

What Title IX Means to Me: Phyllis Lerner

Phyllis sits on the Hall of Fame walk where each honoree has a brick to represent their accomplishments.

Growing up, my favorite parts of the school day were recess and Physical Education. When it was time for kickball, I was often one of the first selected for the team. I would play Little League Baseball with the boys after school…until the season began. Then I became the team secretary. In high school, I… Read More »

Practitioner’s Perspective – Families’ Access to Data (Mariela Puentes)

Mariela Puentes

Senior Education Equity Specialist Mariela Puentes breaks down why families need access to their student’s data, grounded in her personal experiences and work as a family engagement specialist.   March’s webinar in the Reflect, Reimagine, and Reform series focuses on family access to educational data. Can you tell us why parent and family access to… Read More »

MAEC Internship – Graciela Cortez

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MAEC has been lucky to have a thriving internship program with dedicated, enthusiastic interns who share our passion for education equity. In fact, some have permanently joined our MAEC team full-time! We interviewed MAEC intern Graciela Cortez on what education equity means to her and to learn more about her experiences with MAEC. Tell us… Read More »

MAEC Internship – Lily Klam

MAEC has been lucky to have a thriving internship program with dedicated, enthusiastic interns who share our passion for education equity. In fact, some have permanently joined our MAEC team full time! We interviewed MAEC intern Lily Klam on what education equity means to her and to learn more about her experiences with MAEC. Tell… Read More »

Practitioner’s Perspective – Mental Wellness for Teachers and Students (Marianna Stepniak)

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Content Specialist Marianna Stepniak describes MAEC’s work in developing mental wellness resources and underscores the value of incorporating social-emotional learning alongside academic learning.   Where did the idea for MAEC’s mental wellness resources come from? We first started discussing our mental wellness resources in June 2020. That month, it felt like everything came to a… Read More »

MAEC Internship – Vo Ram Yoon

MAEC has been lucky to have a thriving internship program with dedicated, enthusiastic interns who share our passion for education equity. In fact, some have permanently joined our MAEC team full time! We interviewed previous MAEC intern Vo Ram Yoon on what education equity means to him and his experience here at MAEC. Vo now… Read More »

Practitioner’s Perspective – Equitable Leadership for Superintendents (Daryl Williams)

Daryl Williams

MAEC’s Dr. Daryl Williams reflects on the need for equity-centered leadership and the three necessary components for working toward equity in a school district.   Tell us about the importance of providing diversity, equity, and inclusion training for superintendents and district leaders.   Many superintendents are being called upon to create diversity, equity, and inclusion frameworks… Read More »

Practitioner’s Perspective: The Need for Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices

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MAEC’s Senior Equity Specialist, Nyla Bell, reflects on her experiences with culturally responsive teaching practices and makes the case for the need to incorporate culturally responsive pedagogy in all schools.   How does culturally responsive pedagogy support students of color? To quote Gloria Ladson-Billings, culturally responsive teaching is just good teaching. One major reason why culturally… 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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