Kelly Amis

Guest Blogger

Founder, Loudspeaker Films

Oakland, California

After graduating from Georgetown University, Kelly taught in South Central Los Angeles as a charter corps member of Teach For America. She went on to earn an masters in education policy from Stanford University and researched Australian education as a Fulbright Scholar. Kelly has worked for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein and many non-profit organizations including Fight For Children, the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation and Building Hope, which she helped design and launch.

Kelly founded Loudspeaker Films in 2009 to combine her passion for social justice and education equality with her love of art and belief in the power of film. In 2013, Kelly was honored to receive the Teach For America Social Innovation Award.

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Posted Feb. 2, 2016

VIDEO: Wendy Kopp on 25 Years of Teach For America and Looking Towards the Future

This weekend thousands of corps members, alumni and staff will converge in Washington, D.C., for Teach For America’s (TFA) 25th…

By Kelly Amis

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Posted Jan. 4, 2016

VIDEO: Every Child Should Have Access to the “Teaching Zone”

How much impact does an individual teacher make on a child’s future? This question keeps a lot of education researchers,…

By Kelly Amis

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Posted Oct. 19, 2015

VIDEO: DeRay Mckesson on Why Blackness Is Not a Weapon

How does a former teacher and school administrator go from joining the Ferguson, Missouri, protests just over a year ago…

By Kelly Amis

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Posted Oct. 5, 2015

Unlocking the Potential of Students of Color: This Teacher Starts With His Son

Inspired by Ta-Nehisi Coates’ elegant Letter to My Son recently published in The Atlantic, I returned to an interview I…

By Kelly Amis

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Posted Sep. 3, 2015

California Dreamin’: A Better Future for Teaching

The only surprising news about California’s current “teacher shortage” is that anyone is surprised by it. California laid off over…

By Kelly Amis

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Posted Aug. 3, 2015

In Oakland, It’s Either Code or Be Coded

At the first-ever hackathon for Black Male Achievement in Oakland, Van Jones invited the young participants to join him at…

By Kelly Amis

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Posted July 16, 2015

VIDEO: ‘It Shouldn’t Be a Privilege to Learn How to Code’

Social entrepreneurs in the Bay Area are working to snap Silicon Valley out of its default comfort zone—what Oakland philanthropist…

By Kelly Amis

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Posted Apr. 3, 2015

Antonio Villaraigosa on What Drives His Passion for Education Change

Here’s a video I was honored to produce about Education Post’s advisory network chairman Antonio Villaraigosa when he was mayor…

By Kelly Amis

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In 2016 I Gave Money to the Bernie Campaign. Now I’ll Be Damned If I Give a Single Penny.

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