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CharterFolk Contributor Sebastian Cognetta – Trusting in Expertise and Empowering Innovation: A Dynamic Balance of Alignment and Autonomy

Greetings, CharterFolk! Today we are pleased to share a contributor column from Sebastian Cognetta, Chief Executive Officer of Allegiance STEAM Academy (ASA) Thrive. I provide Sebastian’s brief bio below. Sebastian Cognetta is the Founding CEO of Allegiance STEAM Academy Charter Schools and holds a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from the USC Rossier School of

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CharterFolk Contributor Jacqueline Elliot – Charter Schools Need to Speak Up: Here’s How We Find Our Voice

Greetings, CharterFolk! Today we are pleased to share a contributor column from Jacqueline Elliot, Ed.D., President & CEO of  PUC National and Co-Founder of Partnerships to Uplift Communities (PUC Schools) in Los Angeles, CA. I provide Jacqueline’s bio below. Dr. Jacqueline Elliot, who currently serves as President and CEO of PUC National, emigrated to Los

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WonkyFolk Vol 9 – Morgan Polikoff is Reading Polls So You Don’t Have To

Greetings, CharterFolk! This week Andy is talking while Jed is walking…hiking the Camino Trail with his wife, Amy. Andy is talking with Morgan Polikoff, Associate Professor of Education at the University of Southern California (USC)’s Rossier School of Education.  Their conversation focuses on public opinion on education, particularly parent opinion, and the similarities and differences

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CharterFolk Contributors Kirsten Carr and James Dent – Innovative Blended Learning at Work

Hello CharterFolk! Today we are pleased to share a co-authored contributor column from Kirsten Carr, the Director of Engagement and Partnerships for Navigator Schools, and James Dent, co-founder and the Chief Academic Officer of Navigator Schools. They have written an interview column with Kirsten posing questions, designed to highlight key aspects of Navigator’s student-led classrooms,

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CharterFolk Contributor Lydia Hoffman – What Would it Take for More Charter Schools to Improve the Educational Experiences of Diverse Learners?

Good morning, CharterFolk! Today we are pleased to share a contributor column from Lydia Hoffman, a partner at the Charter School Growth Fund. I provide Lydia’s bio below. Lydia is a partner at the Charter School Growth Fund (CSGF), a national nonprofit that identifies the country’s best public charter schools, funds their expansion, and helps

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CharterFolk Contributor Kathleen Hermsmeyer – Flex-Based Schools Should be the Most Popular School Model in America Today. Why isn’t it?

Good morning, CharterFolk! Today we are pleased to share a contributor column from Dr. Kathleen Hermsmeyer, Superintendent for Springs Charter Schools. I provide Kathleen’s bio below. Dr. Kathleen Hermsmeyer founded California’s largest county-wide benefit charter school, River Springs, in 2005 and serves as the Superintendent of this charter, along with five other charters serving in total

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WonkyFolk Vol 8 – The Home Base Episode

Greetings, CharterFolk! This week, Andy and I are talking with Lakisha Young, the Founder and CEO of The Oakland REACH, and Heather Harding, Ed.D, the Executive Director of the Campaign for a Shared Future. Our conversation focuses on the difficult judgement calls parents and advocates are having to make as they attempt to retain focus

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CharterFolk Contributor Brittany Kinser – Harnessing the Power of Advocacy: A Catalyst for Change in Milwaukee’s Education Funding

Good morning, CharterFolk! Today we are pleased to share a contributor column from Brittany Kinser, CEO and President of City Forward Collective. I provide Brittany’s bio below. Brittany Kinser has spent her professional life as a teacher and education leader, and currently serves as the CEO and President of City Forward Collective. After teaching in

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