Ikhlas Saleem

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Director of Digital Content, Education Post

Atlanta, Georgia

Ikhlas Saleem is Director of Digital Content for Education Post. In addition to managing editorial and digital content, she produces and co-hosts Education Post’s podcast, Voices4Ed.

Prior to joining Education Post, Ikhlas developed digital and content strategy for legislative campaigns aimed at increasing college affordability and ensuring fair workplaces for women and low-wage workers in Chicago. In addition to her commitment to ensuring low-income students of color have access to the best education possible, Ikhlas also thinks a lot about the intersection of race, gender and Muslim life in America, which she explores on the Identity Politics podcast.

For K-12, Ikhlas attended a private, community-ran Islamic School in Atlanta, Georgia. Ikhlas is a graduate of Wellesley College and holds a master’s in theological studies from Harvard University.

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Posted July 5, 2018

Molly Cole on Opening Brooke East Boston Charter School and Becoming One of the Top Schools in the State

Molly Cole, founding principal of Brooke East Boston Charter School, was honored this school year with the Ryan Award for…

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Posted Jan. 8, 2018

A Conversation With Black Parents, Teachers and Students

VIDEO SERIES: We recently brought together a group of Black teachers, parents and high school students to talk about their experiences with public schools.…

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Posted Dec. 29, 2017

11 Education Stories We Couldn’t Stop Reading in 2017

2017 was, let’s just say, a lot. And we couldn’t stop writing about it. From the selection of Betsy DeVos…

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Posted July 31, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About the NAACP’s Stance on Charter Schools

This post is continually updated with up-to-date information. In a scathing article by the Wall Street Journal, the NAACP is called out for "taking orders from its union backers"—those union backers being the United Federation of Teachers and National Education Association—"to oppose charter schools."…

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Posted Apr. 12, 2017

Coffee Break: Alisha Thomas Morgan on Running for Office at 22, the NAACP and Sundays With the Real Housewives

At 23 years old Alisha Thomas Morgan became the first African-American to represent Cobb County in the Georgia House of…

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Posted Feb. 1, 2017

Coffee Break: How Do We Work With Communities to Build Quality School Choices? Janeene Freeman Has Some Answers

In December of 2016, the Northeast Charter Schools Network (NECSN) announced its new Chief Executive Officer, Janeene Freeman. NECSN works…

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Posted Dec. 23, 2016

9 Stories of Parents Demanding Better Schools in 2016

Okay, so I’m not a parent—yet. But every day I read so many inspiring stories of parents from around the…

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Posted Dec. 20, 2016

Chicago’s Mayor Says It’s Time to Stop With the ‘False Choices.’ Parents Need Quality Choices.

In an opinion piece in The Washington Post, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel redirects our attention to parents in the hoopla…

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Posted Dec. 9, 2016

We Asked The White House’s David Johns About Black Student Achievement and Here’s What He Had to Say

David Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, teamed up with Education Post…

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Posted Dec. 6, 2016

How Do I Join Tonight’s Facebook Q&A With David Johns?

Tonight, December 6, at 7:30 PM ET on the Education Post Facebook Page we’re hosting a Q&A with David Johns, executive director…

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Posted July 18, 2018

Coffee Break: Oakland’s Lakisha Young Is Done Waiting for Superman and Ready for Parents to Take the Lead

Lakisha Young is executive director of The Oakland REACH. She has dedicated her career to promoting access to quality schools because she knows firsthand that…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted July 17, 2018

Superintendent Tom Boasberg Is Stepping Down After Nearly a Decade of Bringing the Community Together for Better Schools

I suppose Tom Boasberg is a successful “education reformer.” The policy resume (charters, accountability, innovation) certainly checks out. And Denver Public Schools invariably gets mentioned…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 17, 2018

4 Things Every First-Year Teacher Needs to Know

Recently, I shared with a colleague that I was about to start my new job as an assistant professor of education, assisting first-year teachers as…

By Zachary Wright 

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