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 May 17, 2017

You May Have Seen ‘Hamilton,’ But Not Like This

It was a cool Chicago evening in late April. I walked down the bleacher steps of the spacious new Back of the Yards College Preparatory…

By Lane Wright

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s What I Learned When I Sat Down for All the Standardized Tests My Students Take

Many people—not just students—cringe when they hear the word test because it triggers fear in some and anger in others. Educators know that tests are…

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s Some Suggested Reading for Our Trash-Talking Secretary of Education

You hear a lot these days—especially in the Trump era—about how broken, antiquated and just generally messed up public education is in our country. Just…

By Michael Vaughn

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