Mary Gifford

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Senior Vice President of Education Policy and External Affairs, K12 Inc.

Phoenix, Arizona

Mary Gifford is the senior vice president of education policy and external affairs for K12 Inc., an online learning provider. She served on the Arizona State Board for Charter Schools and as the state superintendent’s appointee for 11 years. She is also the founder and former director of the Arizona Virtual Academy, an online public charter school.

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Posted June 8, 2016

Let’s Get Some Context and Real Reform Around Charter School Graduation Rates

This piece was written in response to posts by Nelson Smith, senior adviser at the National Association of Charter School…

By Mary Gifford

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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