Gavin Payne

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Director, U.S. Policy, Advocacy & Communications, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Seattle, Washington

Gavin Payne is Director of U.S. Policy, Advocacy & Communications at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. From 2003 to 2007 he served as Chief Deputy State Superintendent in the California Department of Education.

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Posted Dec. 11, 2015

For State Leaders, ESSA Means New Powers and Opportunities

This week’s passage of The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) marks a new era of education policy in our country…

By Gavin Payne

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Posted Feb. 20, 2018

I Can Empathize With Parkland But the Reality Is My Students Face Gun Violence Daily

It may be strange to say, but, as a teacher, I feel totally disconnected from the seemingly weekly occurrence that is the horror of mass…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Feb. 16, 2018

This Story About Justin Bieber and Mac & Cheese Is Why I Love Teaching

I want to tell you a little story about macaroni and cheese and the battle of Lawrence Welk versus Justin Bieber. I could not write…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 20, 2018

The Struggle to Find the Perfect Standardized Test Is Real

So it looks like the standardized test known as Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is now a dead man walking…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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