Mary Conroy Almada

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State Manager, New York Educator Voice Fellowship

New York City, New York

Mary Conroy Almada is a state manager for the New York Educator Voice Fellowship, where she supports educators in elevating their voices and impacting policy. Before joining America Achieves, Mary worked as a first-grade teacher in Atlanta through Teach For America. Mary holds bachelor’s degrees in journalism and Spanish from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in education policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She currently lives in New York City.

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Posted Mar. 3, 2017

To All the Teachers Worried About Trump and DeVos, There Is Something You Can Do

“Betsy DeVos just got confirmed as secretary of education.” My colleague, a principal in Brooklyn, glanced at me with worried…

By Mary Conroy Almada

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Posted Aug. 16, 2016

Here’s How Teachers and Principals Are Finding Ways to Impact Education Policy

It’s no great revelation that there is a disconnect between what happens in schools on a daily basis and the…

By Mary Conroy Almada

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Posted Mar. 22, 2016

How One High School Is Using the Community to Inspire Students and Increase Graduation Rates

On a chilly day in February, high school students streamed into a sunlit auditorium, laughing and checking their smartphones. The students,…

By Mary Conroy Almada

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Posted June 20, 2017

Special Education Was Created to Push Students Forward But It’s Been Used to Hold Them Back

I was a special education teacher for six years in the resource and co-teaching setting. Though I could not be more proud to be an…

By Jemelleh Coes

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Posted June 14, 2017

I Always Hated Charter Schools. Until I Put My Kids on the Waitlist.

I have never been much of a proponent of charter schools. I am the proud product of traditional public education from kindergarten through 12th grade…

By Vivett Dukes

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Posted June 16, 2017

These Denver Principals Are Calling for an End to Suspensions of Young Students

In the world of education, few things are sadder or more ill-advised than suspending kids as young as 4 years old from school for behavioral…

By Sara Gips Goodall, Lindsey Lorehn, Jennifer Jackson, Jenni Reese, Alexa Mason, Alex Magaña

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