Bridget Laird

Guest Blogger

CEO, WINGS

Charleston, South Carolina

Bridget Laird is chief executive officer of WINGS, an organization she first joined in 1998. WINGS is a national nonprofit that teaches social-emotional skills to elementary-aged students from North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, in an after-school setting.

Bridget has an undergraduate degree in parks and recreation from North Carolina State University and a master’s degree in education from Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

She is an adjunct professor at Trident Technical College, is married and the mom of a daughter and son.

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Posted June 18, 2015

Kickstarting a Conversation About the ‘Inside-Out’ Feelings of Students

We often overlook the importance of providing emotional and behavioral support for students—and at-risk students in particular—given the ongoing education…

By Bridget Laird

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Posted Feb. 23, 2021

Oakland’s School Board Cares More About Politics Than It Does About Kids and Families

Reyna Morales lives in Oakland, California, and is the parent of two students at a high-performing charter school located in an area with a dearth…

By Reyna Morales

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Posted Feb. 22, 2021

Educators Who Consider Themselves ‘White Allies’ Are Dangerous When It Comes To Developing Anti-Racist Classrooms

“I am a white ally,” the 30 something-year-old white teacher declared emphatically in the diversity and inclusion professional development session. She snapped her fingers to…

By Sana Shaikh

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Posted Feb. 24, 2021

Meet Newark’s Own Amanda Gorman, Seventh Grade Poet Makayla Brown

A month ago, as Amanda Gorman shared her beautiful prose during President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration, students at KIPP Rise Academy in Newark had…

By Laura Waters

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