America to Me : A Conversation Around Race and Equity in Public Schools

America to Me is a ten-part docu-series by Academy-Award nominated director Steve James that follows a year in the life of students, teachers, and administrators at Oak Park and River Forest High School right outside of Chicago. The series was commissioned by Participant Media, a film production company dedicated to …

Maya Martin: PAVE, Parent Leaders, and the Power of Voice

A fifth generation Washingtonian, Maya Martin worked at Achievement Prep and Center City Public Charter Schools, helped launch the My School DC unified enrollment lottery and was an admissions officer at Dartmouth College before becoming an Entrepreneur-in-Residence with Education Forward DC. In that role, she found families looking for agency …

Inside Education Forward DC: Celeste Huizar

Celeste Huizar was an intern with the Education Forward DC team from December 2017 to May 2018. Celeste graduated in May 2017 from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in English and a minor in Education. This fall, Celeste began her teaching career in Richmond, CA, joining the …

Celebrating two years of Education Forward DC

July 1st marked the second anniversary of Education Forward DC! It has been an exciting, inspiring, and challenging ride as we work to foster a city of high-quality, equitable public schools for every DC student and family. Here are some of the highlights of our first two years: We have …

An Interview with Education Forward DC CEO, Maura Marino: Leading the Charge for Better D.C. Schools

Thank you to Tom Vander Ark for hosting Education Forward DC’s CEO, Maura Marino, on his Getting Smart podcast.   Learn more about Maura, Education Forward DC’s work and mission, and DC’s education ecosystem by listening to the podcast here.   Key Takeaways [:33] Tom welcomes Maura Marino to the podcast. [:36] About Maura’s upbringing and education in New Jersey. [1:39] …

Learning With Our Grantees as Partners in the Work

By Sarah Barrett Sarah Barrett is a Manager with our Human Capital Investments team. When we started Education Forward DC, we tried to capture a specific approach to grant-making. One of the core tenets of our approach is: We know that money matters, but money alone is often not enough. …

PARCC Testing and Using Student Data to Improve Instruction

By Caitlin Campbell-Hahn Caitlin Campbell-Hahn is a Senior Analyst with our Schools Investments team. Caitlin taught middle school students in Washington, DC and Boston for seven years prior to joining Education Forward DC. Grab a pencil – here’s a math problem for you: Jane went to the beach and brought …

A State Report Card For All Families

By Ryan Jones If you’re one of the thousands of families in DC who just submitted school choices in the citywide school lottery, My School DC, you know that finding information and comparing schools across the city’s traditional and charter public schools can be difficult and time consuming. This December, …

Urban Teachers Fellow Named “New Teacher of the Year”

This evening, Taylor Parson will be recognized as one of seven outstanding teachers at the Standing Ovation for DC Public Schools (DCPS) annual awards event hosted by the DC Public Education Fund. Ms. Parson, a fourth-grade teacher at Anne Beers Elementary School in Southeast, Washington, DC is receiving the New …