Jean Desravines

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Chief Executive Officer, New Leaders

New York City, New York

Jean Desravines serves as the Chief Executive Officer of New Leaders, a national non-profit organization whose mission is to ensure high academic achievement for all children, especially students in poverty and students of color, by developing transformational school leaders and advancing the policies and practices that allow great leaders to succeed.

Jean has over 20 years of professional leadership. Before joining New Leaders, Jean held a number of leadership roles at the New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) in the Bloomberg Administration, including Senior Counselor to Chancellor Joel Klein, Executive Director for the Office of Parent and Community Engagement, and Chief of Staff to the Senior Counselor for Education Policy. Jean serves on the board of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH), 100Kin10, America Achieves, and St. Francis College and St. Benedict’s Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey.

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Posted Apr. 11, 2019

Teacher Strikes Aren’t Just About Pay, They’re About Better Bosses

This past year, we have witnessed an historic number of teacher strikes across the country. The demands of picketing teachers…

By Jean Desravines

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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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