Robert Medina

Guest Blogger

Consultant, Education First

Washington, D.C.

Robert Medina works with foundations and nonprofits to support their communications, advocacy and strategy development efforts. Since joining Education First, Robert has created content for Univision Communications’ national parental engagement campaign and helped Boston After School & Beyond find resources to reach more youth with meaningful out-of-school-time programming.

Robert’s personal history informed his decision to pursue a career in education. Born and raised in Lima, Peru, Robert and his family moved to central New Jersey when he was ten. The transition was tough at times—culturally, socially and linguistically—but this move allowed Robert and his younger sister to enroll in a public school district with excellent teachers and plenty of resources for them to explore their academic interests. Robert believes all students deserve the kind of support he received growing up.

Prior to Education First, Robert led stakeholder engagement for the Division of Data, Accountability and Research at the District of Columbia Office of the State Superintendent of Education and evaluated advocacy campaigns for the Aspen Institute’s Planning and Evaluation Program. After work hours, he enjoys taking classes at his neighborhood’s yoga studio and jogging the streets of his home city, Washington, D.C.


Posted Aug. 1, 2017

Alaska Might Have Just Figured Out How to Better Serve Students of Color Through Social-Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning (SEL) has a limited track record of culturally-responsive practice. In fact, some have criticized SEL for imposing dominant cultural…

By Robert Medina, Ila Deshmukh Towery

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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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