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 Oct. 26, 2021

When We Let Go of Assumptions About What School Should Look Like, We Can Better Support the Whole Child

The Center on Reinventing Public Education has been a leader in tracking school districts’ responses to the pandemic and in showcasing innovations that could help…

By Robin Lake

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Posted Oct. 21, 2021

Q&A With Sharif El-Mekki and Shareefah Mason: You Won’t Retain Black Teachers Without Transforming Your School Culture

Shareefah Mason of Teach Plus and Sharif El-Mekki of the Center for Black Educator Development (CBED) believe that schools can only recruit and retain Black…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Oct. 20, 2021

While We Debate Mandatory Vaccines for Teachers, It’s the Kids Who Suffer

I recently wrote a post urging us, as an educator community, to prioritize the health and safety of our students and fellow teaching colleagues as…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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