Cristina Diaz-Torres

Guest Blogger

Analyst, Education First

Washington, D.C.

Cristina Diaz-Torres conducts research and policy analysis to support clients in creating systems that allow students and teachers to thrive. She holds a deep belief that education is the single most effective way to break down systemic barriers and create a society that is fair and inclusive for all.

Cristina attended six different schools between K-12 including public, public charter, and schools giving her a unique understanding of the difficulties that schools face. She translated this experience into practice during her time as a Teach For America corps member in Las Vegas, Nevada where she taught Geometry and founded an AP Statistics program. After leaving the classroom, Cristina served as a Legislative Fellow in the Office of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse where she worked on ESSA implementation, college and career readiness and workforce development strategies.

Cristina has a BA from New York University with dual majors in Economics and History and an M.Ed. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas specializing in Secondary Mathematics. She is a huge New England Patriots fan and can usually be found with her nose in a book or experimenting in her kitchen.

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Posted Aug. 13, 2018

Helping My Home of Puerto Rico Get Back to School

When I was growing up, Puerto Rico was always my favorite place on Earth. Born in Boston to Puerto Rican…

By Cristina Diaz-Torres

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Posted Feb. 26, 2021

February Is Black History Month. Periodt.

I swear I wasn’t trying to end Black History Month with white people and skinfolk that ain’t kinfolk foolery but … Yesterday my homie, Dr.…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Feb. 26, 2021

Want a National Effort to Combat COVID Learning Loss? Study Your Black History.

We know all too well Black and brown students in marginalized communities are now bearing the brunt of the pandemic’s effect on schools—with inadequate technology,…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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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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