​Brenda Lopez

Guest Blogger

Educator, University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

Brenda Lopez is currently earning her doctorate at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education. She earned her B.A. from Mount Saint Mary’s University, in Los Angeles, and her M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University. She is the second eldest of six siblings whose parents both emigrated from Mexico. She is the mother of an 18-month-old future leader.

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Posted May 24, 2016

After Vergara, We Still Need to Do Right by Our Latino Children

Editor’s note: Readers should consider two recent developments related to the Vergara case referenced by the author. On May 24, the…

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

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