Shannon Brandner

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Principal, Summer Leadership Academy High Desert

Hesperia, California

Shannon Brandner has been principal since 2011 of Summit Leadership Academy High Desert, a charter high school in Hesperia, California. A native of Southern California, she has been in education for over 25 years. She started as a teachers aide, taught elementary school in Alhambra and Pasadena, then became administrator of a large charter school.

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Posted May 15, 2015

How This Principal Connected Teachers to Common Core

I know many teachers suffer from “reform fatigue.” So when Common Core was introduced, there was the inevitable pushback and…

By Shannon Brandner

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Posted Oct. 7, 2019

Here’s How You Can Talk About Christopher Columbus in Your Classroom

When I invite teachers to rethink how they teach Columbus at our semiannual UnColumbus Day Symposium in Philadelphia, many teachers think it’s not for them.…

By Ali Michael, Ph.D.

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Posted Oct. 9, 2019

Fellow Black Parents, It’s Time to Break the Silence About Our Kids With Disabilities

My mom and society have taught me that it is rude to offer advice when no one asks for it. But Black folks aren’t talking about…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Oct. 11, 2019

Time for Democrats to Recognize the Progressive Roots of Charter Schools

Listening to the rhetoric of Democratic presidential candidates, one would think charter schools were a Republican initiative opposed by all progressives. Bernie Sanders calls for a…

By Emily Langhorne, David Osborne

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