Mary Conroy Almada

Guest Blogger

Communications Manager, America Achieves Educator Networks

Atlanta, Georgia

Mary Conroy Almada is the communications manager for America Achieves Educator Network, where she and her team work to link education to economic opportunity and lifelong success. Mary holds a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in education policy and management from Harvard.

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Posted Sep. 17, 2019

Teachers, If You Want a Say in What Happens at Your School, You Have to Speak Out

Welcome to a new school year! Amidst the busyness of planning and preparing, remember to take a step back and…

By Mary Conroy Almada

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Posted June 11, 2019
Black boy sleeping at his desk in school

If Your Students Seem Unmotivated, Maybe It’s Time to Go Deep on Why

Most of us don’t think about motivation on a day-to-day basis. It’s when we want to change habits or accomplish…

By Mary Conroy Almada

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Posted May 2, 2019

Don’t Wait for the Summer, Start Dreaming Big for Your Students Now

“Being forward-looking—envisioning exciting possibilities and enlisting others in a shared view of the future—is the attribute that most distinguishes leaders…

By Mary Conroy Almada

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Posted Mar. 3, 2017

To All the Teachers Worried About Trump and DeVos, There Is Something You Can Do

“Betsy DeVos just got confirmed as secretary of education.” My colleague, a principal in Brooklyn, glanced at me with worried…

By Mary Conroy Almada

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Posted Aug. 16, 2016

Here’s How Teachers and Principals Are Finding Ways to Impact Education Policy

It’s no great revelation that there is a disconnect between what happens in schools on a daily basis and the…

By Mary Conroy Almada

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Posted Mar. 22, 2016

How One High School Is Using the Community to Inspire Students and Increase Graduation Rates

On a chilly day in February, high school students streamed into a sunlit auditorium, laughing and checking their smartphones. The students,…

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Posted Dec. 10, 2019

Democrats Are Finally Talking Public Education, But You Probably Won’t Be Invited to the Table

I couldn’t believe it. Finally, education was going to take center stage at the 2020 Public Education Forum. All the major Democratic candidates (and some…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 11, 2019

Black Kids Don’t Need to Sit Next to White Kids to Learn

Over the last decade, and indeed for longer than that, those fighting for justice, many of them White, have largely looked to integration as the…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 12, 2019

Black Families Haven’t Been Hoodwinked, We Come From a Legacy of School Choice

The Democratic party once embraced charter schools as a tool for equity and opportunity. Now, as Andre Perry points out in his recent op-ed, “Support…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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