Conor P. Williams

Guest Blogger

Fellow, The Century Foundation

Washington, D.C.

Conor P. Williams is a fellow at The Century Foundation. Williams was previously the founding director of the New America’s Dual Language Learners National Work Group and a senior researcher in New America’s Education Policy Program.

He began his career as a first grade teacher in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Dr. Williams holds a Ph.D in government from Georgetown University, a M.S. in teaching from Pace University, and a B.A. from Bowdoin College. Most importantly, he’s a dad.

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Posted Apr. 1, 2020

How ‘Social Distancing’ Is Changing the Way We View Schools

Paradoxically enough, as Washington, D.C., has slid from mass school closures into social distancing and working from home toward increasingly…

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Posted Dec. 17, 2019

How English Learners Got Left Behind in the Drive Towards Equity

WHAT WE GOT WRONG: Many years ago, back in 2014, when the world was young and American politics had not yet gone wholly off the rails, I launched a policy research team to focus on young English learners (ELs). …

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Posted Oct. 24, 2018

I’m an Education Advocate and That’s Why I Can’t (and Won’t) Sit Out the Immigration Fight

It can be tempting for education advocates to see immigration as a related, but not overlapping, issue. For folks accustomed…

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Posted May 30, 2018

Congratulations, Graduates! We Don’t Care About You at All.

Hello, class of 2018! Welcome to the last day of your K-12 education and the launch of your adult lives.…

By Conor P. Williams

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Posted Apr. 24, 2018

Why Are White People So Afraid of Immigrant Kids?

Not long ago I was in Wilmington, Delaware—reporting another story—and I visited Academia Antonia Alonso, a two-way dual immersion charter…

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Posted Mar. 7, 2018

A Hmong Charter School Where Success Is Starting to Lead to Integration

I recently visited a high-performing charter school in a low-income urban area. Like so many others—like the one my kids…

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Posted Dec. 20, 2017

This Book Made Me Realize All the Ways We’ve Wronged Refugee Students

While American democratic life is certainly standing at the brink of something awful, it can be difficult to hang just…

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Posted Nov. 2, 2015

Investing in What Works: San Antonio’s Success With English Language Learners

If you listen closely to the howling winds that pass for public discourse on education these days, you can sometimes pick…

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Posted July 7, 2020

Schools Are Essential, So Let’s Reopen the Right Way This Fall

This afternoon, President Donald Trump said, “We want to get our schools open. We want to get them open, quickly, beautifully in the fall.” I…

By Zakiya Sankara-Jabar

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Posted July 6, 2020

Q&A: 12-Year-Old Amir Lumumba on Why Schools Need More Counselors and Fewer Cops

On Thursday, July 9 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. ET, brightbeam’s Director of Activism, Zakiya Sankara-Jabar will moderate a virtual town hall called #ReimagingingSchoolSafety. Special guests include:…

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Posted July 7, 2020

Parents, It’s Way Past Time to Break Up With Traditional Education and School Funding

This pandemic is an opportunity to change not only how we educate children, but how we fund that education. Right now, school and district leaders…

By Christina Laster

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