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 …

What We Know (and Don’t) About the Public Schools DC Parents Want

By Sujata Bhat Sujata Bhat is Senior Manager of Public Engagement at Education Forward DC. Parents in the District generally prefer schools for their kids that are close to home. But they will send them farther for schools that perform better and for schools that are more diverse. Interpreting those …

Collaborating to Develop Great Instructional Talent

At Education Forward DC, we aim to build community among DC education leaders and provide a forum for tackling collecting issues facing education organizations across the city.  Last month, Education Forward DC convened school leaders from our portfolio of grantees.  A central question for the day: Collectively, how might we …

Antwan Wilson Selected as Next DCPS Chancellor

Earlier today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that she was nominating Antwan Wilson to be the next Chancellor of DC Public Schools. Mayor Bowser made her selection after a multi-step process that included a set of recommendations from the DCPS Rising Leadership Committee (a group of citizens supporting the search effort) and …