Shannon Brandner

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Principal, Summer Leadership Academy High Desert

Hesperia, California

Shannon Brandner has been principal since 2011 of Summit Leadership Academy High Desert, a charter high school in Hesperia, California. A native of Southern California, she has been in education for over 25 years. She started as a teachers aide, taught elementary school in Alhambra and Pasadena, then became administrator of a large charter school.

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Posted May 15, 2015

How This Principal Connected Teachers to Common Core

I know many teachers suffer from “reform fatigue.” So when Common Core was introduced, there was the inevitable pushback and…

By Shannon Brandner

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Everyone Is Entitled to an Opinion on Charter Schools But Parents Deserve the Final Say

Over the last year we’ve seen the NAACP come out forcefully against charter schools. We’ve seen the Trump administration support choice in ways that have…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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