Elizabeth Evans

Guest Blogger

Founder and CEO, The VIVA Project

Chicago, Illinois

Elizabeth Evans is founder and CEO of The VIVA Project. A former lawyer, Elizabeth has over 25 years of experience in management, strategy, campaign design, coalition building, data-driven policy design, strategic communications, law and policy.

Previously, Elizabeth was executive director of the Illinois charter school association for five years, where she established core programs and was the chief architect of the nation’s first comprehensive state charter school law reforms in 2009.

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Posted Dec. 14, 2015

If They Can Make Progress in Washington, Can’t We Do the Same Here in Illinois

From my vantage point in Chicago, these past few weeks were surreal on the education landscape. In Washington we saw…

By Elizabeth Evans

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Posted Apr. 19, 2021

We Can’t Protect Our Students From Racism, But We Can Prepare Them to Combat and Reject It

On January 6, when an angry mob stormed the Capitol, I was in the middle of teaching my 7th grade English language arts students about…

By Travon Jefferson

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Posted Apr. 16, 2021

The Pandemic Is Exactly Why We Need Standardized Testing

In the next few weeks, nearly all school districts in the U.S. will offer at least some in-person instruction. The worst of the pandemic school…

By Evan Stone

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Posted Apr. 13, 2021

Meet Two Teachers Learning to Center Their Students’ Identities Without Losing Sight of Their Own

Lindsay Singer and Ashley McCall are both third grade teachers at Cesar Chavez Multicultural Academic Center in Chicago. Lindsay teaches mathematics and inquiry. And Ashley…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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