Heather Hurlburt

Guest Blogger

Parent, Montgomery County Schools

Montgomery County, Maryland

Heather Hurlburt lives with her family in Montgomery County, Washington, D.C., and directs the New Models of Policy Change Initiative at New America, a Washington, D.C. think tank.

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Posted May 18, 2017

Let’s Stop With the Handcuffs and Train Teachers to Deal With Special Needs

I couldn’t watch the video of the Florida child being handcuffed in the principal’s office. As a writer and a policy…

By Heather Hurlburt

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Posted Aug. 13, 2015

Suburban Secrets: How We Hide Our Achievement Gaps in Montgomery County

The back-to-school packet came the same day as The Washington Post article about kids in our district—Montgomery County, Maryland—failing the…

By Heather Hurlburt

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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