Eugene Pinkard

Guest Blogger

Director, Practice and Leadership


Gene Pinkard serves as Director, Practice and Leadership. A longtime educator and leader, he leads the Aspen Education urban district networks, supporting superintendents, chief academic officers, and other leaders as they deepen their learning and refine their improvement strategies. Gene was most recently the Chief of School Design and Continuous Improvement at DC Public Schools, where he led school improvement, innovation, and strategic planning. Previously, Gene focused on equity initiatives and pedagogy in his roles as a principal supervisor for middle schools, and as principal in traditional public and charter schools. Gene currently serves on the boards of the Folger Shakespeare Library, of Honored, on the Community Action board of Children’s National Medical Center, and previously as an adjunct at the American University Graduate School of Education.


Posted Aug. 23, 2021

Black Boys and Men Need More Appreciation and Less Stereotyping

For those of us who’ve been educators for decades, social media can reveal the reverberating impact of our efforts, and…

By Eugene Pinkard

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Posted Sep. 15, 2021

Why We Can’t Just Shut Up and Teach

It is no easy thing to help high school students become better critical thinkers. Especially now. The very act of engaging students in the events…

By Suzanne Caines

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Posted Sep. 14, 2021

Q&A: Selma’s Superintendent Keeps Kids Learning, Even as COVID Rages

In 2017 Dr. Avis Williams came to Selma City Schools as its new superintendent, taking over an urban district where almost all students are economically…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 16, 2021

It’s Time to Dump Deficit-Based Data

As the school year begins, we hear lots of deficit-laden words like “Title I,” “tough,” “low-income,” and “low-achieving” to describe primarily Black and brown students…

By Doron Zinger

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