Danielle M. Gonzales

Guest Blogger

Managing Director, Education & Society Program at the Aspen Institute

Washington, D.C.

Danielle M. Gonzales is managing director with the Education & Society Program at the Aspen Institute, which recently released Pursuing Social and Emotional Development Through a Racial Equity Lens: A Call to Action.

In this role, she leads efforts to convene senior education leaders at all levels of education to tackle the most vexing issues in education, to develop and foster partnerships with a diverse range of education leaders, and to write and develop publications and resources associated with professional learning; social, emotional, and academic development; and educational equity.

Prior to this, Danielle was a senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation working to advance the Foundation’s K-12 strategy in key states and developing the Foundation’s strategy for engaging faith communities in education reform. Danielle has over 15 years of experience in education philanthropy, policy and advocacy in both pre-k and K-12 education and at both the state and national level. She began her career teaching fourth grade in Brownsville, TX.

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Posted June 26, 2020

This Moment Demands a New, Race-Conscious Approach to Education

All across the country confederate statues are coming down, schools and road names are changing too. In my home state,…

By Danielle M. Gonzales

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Posted May 25, 2018

Why We’ve Got to Talk About Race If We Want to Achieve Education Equity

Our inability as a nation to engage in difficult conversations about race has left us with a lack of agreement…

By Danielle M. Gonzales

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Posted Jan. 6, 2016

Here’s How States Can Actually Help Every Student Succeed

The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has been heralded as the beginning of a “new era of…

By Danielle M. Gonzales

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Posted July 26, 2021

At Freedom School Literacy Academy, Black Pride and Academic Achievement Go Hand-in-Hand

Erika Asikoye is the Director of the Freedom School Literacy Academy (FSLA) at The Center for Black Educator Development in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The FSLA, for…

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Posted July 27, 2021

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Last week, I had a consulting call with a potential client (a white teacher), who teaches in a predominantly white school/neighborhood and wants to engage…

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