J. Gordon Wright

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Director of Digital and Social Media, Education Post

Chicago, Illinois

J. Gordon Wright is the Director of Digital and Social Media for Education Post. Previously, he was Communications Director for Future Is Now, a nonprofit that sought to organize and support teachers taking action to improve their schools and unions. Before that, he was Director of New Media at Erikson Institute, the nation’s premiere graduate school for child development, and prior to that he managed the website and electronic communications for the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He also spent many years working in higher education, including management roles at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the London School of Economics.

Gordon grew up in Austin, Texas, and earned a bachelor’s in psychology from Brown University. He remained on the East Coast working as a musician and web designer before moving to Chicago to start a family. He is married to his college sweetheart, an educator, and they have two young children who attend their neighborhood public school.

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Posted Aug. 25, 2015
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This Guy Sums Up How I Feel About All These Poll Results

It’s edu–poll season, everyone. Peter Cunningham already summed up the most pertinent conclusion from these competing polls: It’s all how…

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Posted Mar. 31, 2015
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Opting Out Is Not Progressive

Lately I’ve noticed a lot of my fellow left-leaning parents on Chicago’s North Side decrying the state’s new standardized test,…

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Posted Mar. 24, 2015
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Bob Braun’s Story About Pearson Is Now About Bob Braun

[View the story “Bob Braun’s Story About Pearson Is Now About Bob Braun” on Storify] Photo from Bob Braun’s blog…

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Posted Dec. 9, 2014
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A Website to Help Parents Become Common Core “Heroes”

We talk a lot about the hard work that teachers are doing to meet the higher standards of the Common…

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Posted Dec. 3, 2014
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Believe It or Not, She Prefers to Teach at a Charter School

First-grade teacher Erin Fergus is tired of defending her choice to teach at a charter school in Chicago. Most people…

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Posted Nov. 30, 2014
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Do Teachers Want Feedback from Other Teachers?

Observations play a big role in the evaluation of a teacher’s performance, but most of these observations are conducted by…

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Posted Nov. 25, 2014
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A Chicago Teacher with His Eyes on the Prize

Chicago Public Schools teacher Micah J. Miner believes we need better standardized tests. And despite the ongoing debate around Common…

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Posted Nov. 11, 2014
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This Teacher and Military Spouse Reminds Us the Real Purpose of Common Core

Connie Meiers is an elementary school teacher at Stewart County elementary school in southwestern Georgia, and her husband is a…

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Posted Nov. 3, 2014
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New Jersey Website and Videos Explain Common Core

A well-designed new website will help New Jersey parents understand what the Common Core State Standards are and how the…

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Posted Oct. 31, 2014
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Cunningham Asks Weingarten to “Rebuild Trust and Change Conversation”

This morning our executive director, Peter Cunningham, published An Open Letter to Randi Weingarten in Education Week, calling for a…

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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.…

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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…

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