Charlie Cummings

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Senior Director, America Achieves Fellowship for Teachers and Principals

Washington, D.C.

Charlie Cummings is the senior director of the America Achieves Fellowship for Teachers and Principals and the founding partner of Educator Voice Strategies.

His career began as a fifth-grade teacher in St. Louis, where he started an after-school sports club to teach students how to play popular sports while practicing sportsmanship and teamwork.

While in graduate school at the University of Maryland, he co-founded the Do Good Challenge, a campus-wide social impact prize competition. Charlie attended public schools in West Virginia and Indiana and holds a BA in Economics from the University of Notre Dame and an MPP from the University of Maryland.

Charlie loves playing sports, exploring the great outdoors, cooking and listening to live music. He volunteers with Higher Achievement and Capital Cause in DC and is on the executive board of New Leaders Council D.C.

He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Jess.

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Posted Oct. 19, 2016
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This Isn’t Your Typical Photo-Op Bring Your Legislator to School Day

School looks a lot different than what it did in 1999 and 1979 can’t even compare. With endless information literally…

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Posted Mar. 21, 2016
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3 Reasons Why You’re Better Off Giving Teachers a Say

In February, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) announced sweeping changes to its teacher training and evaluation systems. Since this…

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Posted Apr. 24, 2015
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Students Need the Knowledge and Critical Thinking Skills to Succeed in the Real World

“The world that your child is growing up in is very different from the world that you grew up in.…

By Charlie Cummings

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Posted Apr. 13, 2015
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Metacognition in the Third Grade? You Bet

“At first I thought my third graders would not really get it. But then I realized I was underestimating my…

By Charlie Cummings

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Posted Apr. 1, 2015
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Common Core Makes My Job Easier

“Some of my students that are highest performing are special needs kids, and they are able to rise to whatever…

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Posted Mar. 30, 2015
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Educators Who See the Potential in Every Child Inspire Us All

Eric Brandt gets it. He knows there are gaps—in achievement, opportunities, and beliefs—between his own two boys and the children…

By Charlie Cummings

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Posted Mar. 17, 2015
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Struggling Students Are More Engaged When Thinking Critically

Middle school teacher Kelly Pieprzyk shares a story about a student who refers to her reading intervention class as his…

By Charlie Cummings

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Posted Mar. 13, 2015
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Video: Students Are Taking Charge of Their Own Learning

Educators are seeing first-hand how students can excel in school when the bar is raised. Amber Peterson “was totally floored”…

By Charlie Cummings

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Posted Mar. 11, 2015
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Video: This Denver Teacher Believes All Kids Can Achieve

Denver teacher Matthew Johnson believes that ALL students can achieve at a high level, and he works hard every day…

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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When the Only Real Choice Is Private: My Unlikely Attraction to School Vouchers

I felt that the free education my daughter was getting was just too expensive. I needed to find a school that would start filling her academic gaps while also providing culturally responsive pedagogy.…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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Public Dollars Should Pay for Public Schools: That’s Why I Support High-Quality Charter Schools and Not Vouchers

We live in a free country and a parent should have the right to opt out of the public school system. But that parent does not have a right to take with them a proportional share of public education dollars any more than a pacifist can extract his share of defense spending. …

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Posted Mar. 21, 2017
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You Want Parents? This Is What It’s Going to Take to Empower Them in the Fight for Better Schools

Parent organizing ain’t easy. Many organizations have tried to organize parents and communities and have failed. We end up yelling at parents, “Parent involvement is…

By Keri Rodriguez Lorenzo

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