J. Gordon Wright

Staff

Deputy Executive Director

Chicago, Illinois

J. Gordon Wright is the Acting Executive Director of Education Post. He is passionate about building support for great public schools for all kids and feels lucky to help amplify the voices of inspiring advocates around the country every day.

Before joining Education Post, he was Communications Director for Future Is Now, a nonprofit that sought to organize and support teachers taking action to improve their schools and unions. Before that, he was Director of New Media at Erikson Institute, the nation’s premiere graduate school for child development, and prior to that he managed the website and electronic communications for the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. He also spent many years working in higher education, including management roles at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the London School of Economics.

Gordon grew up in Austin, Texas, and went on to earn a bachelor’s in psychology from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He remained on the East Coast working as a musician and web designer before moving to Chicago to start a family. He is married to his college sweetheart, an educator, and they have two young children who attend their neighborhood public school in Evanston, Illinois.

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Posted May 7, 2018

11 Teachers Who Aren’t Afraid to Keep It Real

I have a confession to make. I used to hate the term “teacher voice.” Not only because it sounded like…

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Posted Aug. 25, 2015

This Guy Sums Up How I Feel About All These Poll Results

It’s edu–poll season, everyone. Peter Cunningham already summed up the most pertinent conclusion from these competing polls: It’s all how…

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Posted Mar. 31, 2015

Opting Out Is Not Progressive

Lately I’ve noticed a lot of my fellow left-leaning parents on Chicago’s North Side decrying the state’s new standardized test,…

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Posted Mar. 24, 2015

Bob Braun’s Story About Pearson Is Now About Bob Braun

[View the story “Bob Braun’s Story About Pearson Is Now About Bob Braun” on Storify] Photo from Bob Braun’s blog…

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Posted Dec. 9, 2014

A Website to Help Parents Become Common Core “Heroes”

We talk a lot about the hard work that teachers are doing to meet the higher standards of the Common…

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Posted Dec. 3, 2014

Believe It or Not, She Prefers to Teach at a Charter School

First-grade teacher Erin Fergus is tired of defending her choice to teach at a charter school in Chicago. Most people…

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Posted Nov. 30, 2014

Do Teachers Want Feedback from Other Teachers?

Observations play a big role in the evaluation of a teacher’s performance, but most of these observations are conducted by…

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Posted Nov. 25, 2014

A Chicago Teacher with His Eyes on the Prize

Chicago Public Schools teacher Micah J. Miner believes we need better standardized tests. And despite the ongoing debate around Common…

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Posted Nov. 11, 2014

This Teacher and Military Spouse Reminds Us the Real Purpose of Common Core

Connie Meiers is an elementary school teacher at Stewart County elementary school in southwestern Georgia, and her husband is a…

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Posted Nov. 3, 2014

New Jersey Website and Videos Explain Common Core

A well-designed new website will help New Jersey parents understand what the Common Core State Standards are and how the…

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