During our #AskExcelinEd Summer Learning series, you’ll get to know some of ExcelinEd’s team as they share what they are learning over the summer. Remember to join us on social media to ask your burning policy questions. Enjoy!
ExcelinEd’s Vice President of Communications
You know the saying “You learn something new every day”? This is part of what I love about working at ExcelinEd. I am constantly learning and engaging with policy and advocacy experts, our 300+ partner groups, dedicated education reporters and families from across the country. But best of all, I know I’m part of a nationwide movement of individuals and organizations working toward a common goal. We may not always agree on how to get there, but we all believe that kids deserve our best ideas on how to ensure everyone can learn and reach his or her greatest potential.
Check out some of the links below for my recommended summer learning resources. Have a great summer!
E-Book over Print Book
Text over Phone Call
Smart Watch over Traditional Watch
Coffee over Tea
My Twitter Favorites
My home state. Where it all began.
My Favorite Podcast
My favorite podcast is The Education Gadfly Show, produced by the Fordham Institute. This weekly podcast always has an interesting take on the latest education news. I especially like how the hosts oftentimes relate super wonky issues to everyday life and pop culture. And I’ll plug one of the best episodes yet—IMHO—featuring ExcelinEd’s own Karla Phillips talking about personalized learning.
My Recommended News Reads
- Career-Tech-Ed Students: As Conscientious and Hardworking as Their Peers – Education Week
- Teen goes from Bronx homeless shelter to full-ride at MIT – New York Post
- Palm Beach personalized learning program gives students ownership – redefinED
My Favorite Quote
“We are just moms and dads. We are just people that want our kids to have equality and a great education.”
Kelley Williams-Bolar, Ohio parent speaking at the 2017 National Summit on Education Reform
Research I Recommend
I recommend checking out these recent interesting policy resources from ExcelinEd:
- Putting Career and Technical Education to Work for Students – A Playbook for State Policymakers (This is a series! Head to ExcelinEd.org for more.)
- Course Access Policy Toolkit (This is a series! Head to ExcelinEd.org for more.)
ExcelinEd Resource Highlight
If you want to know the latest and greatest in education research, commentary and news, look no further than our #AskExcelinEd series and our blog. You’ll find smart, targeted analysis alongside accessible policy ideas and stories of students, families and teachers experiencing education policies in action—all this in one place!
About the author
Jennifer Diaz @Jennformative
Jennifer serves as the Vice President of Communications, providing strategic advice and leading ExcelinEd’s external communications and marketing efforts. Previously, Jennifer served as ExcelinEd’s National Director of Advocacy, supporting the Advocacy Team in their work with state leaders to develop and adopt legislation and policies that transform education to ensure students are prepared for success in college, career and life, and as ExcelinEd’s State Communications Director, coordinating media and strategic communications in key education reform states across the nation, including legislative session rapid response and long term policy and advocacy communication campaigns.