Chris Minnich

Guest Blogger


Portland, Oregon

Chris Minnich joined NWEA as CEO in January 2018. He’s held key leadership roles in the education industry throughout his career. Most recently, Chris served as the executive director of the Council of Chief State School Officers, where he led the organization to ensure all students in the public education system—regardless of background—graduated prepared for college, career, and life. Chris holds a bachelor’s in political science from the University of Washington and a master of public policy (MPP) from the University of Maryland, College Park. He currently serves as co-chair on the Oregon Business and Industry Education Committee and is a member of the University of Oregon President’s Diversity Advisory Community Council.


Posted Jan. 7, 2022

Strong School Leaders Are Key to Helping the Entire School Community Navigate This Pandemic

From staffing shortages and school board protests to the ongoing challenges presented by the pandemic, times are tough for educators…

By Chris Minnich

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Posted Jan. 18, 2022

Lawmakers Pay Teachers Lip Service, But from Subs to Curriculum, They Don’t Respect Us

The other day, my wife and I watched the first episode of the new sitcom Abbott Elementary.  In this episode, there’s a hilarious scene where…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted Jan. 10, 2022

America Is Losing Sight Of Teachers’ Humanity

Do you remember when teachers were heroes? It was a pretty great week. I got a couple of Amazon gift cards from my students and…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Jan. 13, 2022

Explained: How to Run for Your Local School Board

School boards (in some states “school committees”) sit at the intersection of civic engagement, local politics, and community service. The school board is a team…

By Brianna Crowley

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