Makkah Ali

Guest Blogger

Public Policy Mediator

Chicago, Illinois

Makkah is a public policy mediator with experience in facilitation, consensus building, designing collaborative processes and nurturing more diverse and inclusive spaces. Her substantive expertise covers a range of topics including education policy, nutrition and public health, ocean and coastal policy and community resilience.

Makkah holds a bachelor of arts degree in peace and justice studies from Wellesley College and a master of science degree in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University.

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Posted Aug. 17, 2015

3 Millennials Have A Conversation About This American Life’s Desegregation Episodes

By now, I’m sure you’ve either a) listened to the much-talked about This American Life two-part series on school integration…

By Makkah Ali, Ikhlas Saleem, Liz Riggs

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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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