Allison Leslie

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Memphis Executive Director, Aspire Public Schools

Memphis, Tennessee

Allison Leslie is the Memphis executive director of Aspire Public Schools. She served as a lead teacher and later the principal of EPACS until 2008. Alli began her education career with Teach For America in Houston, Texas.

She graduated from the University of California at San Diego with degrees in both Spanish and literature and writing. She earned her Texas teaching credentials at the University of St. Thomas and her California teaching credentials through the University of California State Teach program. During her first year as principal, Alli completed a master’s in administration and earned her California administration credential at University of California at Berkeley, as a fellow in the Principal Leadership Institute.

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Posted Aug. 22, 2017

These Two Sisters Aren’t Afraid to Get Messy If It Means Better Schools for Philadelphia’s Kids

“Don’t mess it up.” Those words rode the bus with Quibila Divine in the late 1960s and early ’70s from North Philadelphia to the predominantly…

By Tre Johnson

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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