Charlie Cummings

Guest Blogger

Senior Director, America Achieves Fellowship for Teachers and Principals

Washington, D.C.

Charlie Cummings is the senior director of the America Achieves Fellowship for Teachers and Principals and the founding partner of Educator Voice Strategies.

His career began as a fifth-grade teacher in St. Louis, where he started an after-school sports club to teach students how to play popular sports while practicing sportsmanship and teamwork.

While in graduate school at the University of Maryland, he co-founded the Do Good Challenge, a campus-wide social impact prize competition. Charlie attended public schools in West Virginia and Indiana and holds a BA in Economics from the University of Notre Dame and an MPP from the University of Maryland.

Charlie loves playing sports, exploring the great outdoors, cooking and listening to live music. He volunteers with Higher Achievement and Capital Cause in DC and is on the executive board of New Leaders Council D.C.

He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Jess.

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Posted Apr. 25, 2017

Here Are Some Must-Reads From Educators Who Are Changing the Conversation

Over the past week, 2017 National Teacher of the Year Sydney Chaffee has been in the media spotlight, sharing the…

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Posted Oct. 19, 2016

This Isn’t Your Typical Photo-Op Bring Your Legislator to School Day

School looks a lot different than what it did in 1999 and 1979 can’t even compare. With endless information literally…

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Posted Mar. 21, 2016

3 Reasons Why You’re Better Off Giving Teachers a Say

In February, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) announced sweeping changes to its teacher training and evaluation systems. Since this…

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Posted Apr. 24, 2015

Students Need the Knowledge and Critical Thinking Skills to Succeed in the Real World

“The world that your child is growing up in is very different from the world that you grew up in.…

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Posted Apr. 13, 2015

Metacognition in the Third Grade? You Bet

“At first I thought my third graders would not really get it. But then I realized I was underestimating my…

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Posted Apr. 1, 2015

Common Core Makes My Job Easier

“Some of my students that are highest performing are special needs kids, and they are able to rise to whatever…

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Posted Mar. 30, 2015

Educators Who See the Potential in Every Child Inspire Us All

Eric Brandt gets it. He knows there are gaps—in achievement, opportunities, and beliefs—between his own two boys and the children…

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Posted Mar. 17, 2015

Struggling Students Are More Engaged When Thinking Critically

Middle school teacher Kelly Pieprzyk shares a story about a student who refers to her reading intervention class as his…

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Posted Mar. 13, 2015

Video: Students Are Taking Charge of Their Own Learning

Educators are seeing first-hand how students can excel in school when the bar is raised. Amber Peterson “was totally floored”…

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Posted Mar. 11, 2015

Video: This Denver Teacher Believes All Kids Can Achieve

Denver teacher Matthew Johnson believes that ALL students can achieve at a high level, and he works hard every day…

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