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…

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Posted Feb. 23, 2021

Oakland’s School Board Cares More About Politics Than It Does About Kids and Families

Reyna Morales lives in Oakland, California, and is the parent of two students at a high-performing charter school located in an area with a dearth…

By Reyna Morales

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Posted Feb. 22, 2021

Educators Who Consider Themselves ‘White Allies’ Are Dangerous When It Comes To Developing Anti-Racist Classrooms

“I am a white ally,” the 30 something-year-old white teacher declared emphatically in the diversity and inclusion professional development session. She snapped her fingers to…

By Sana Shaikh

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Posted Feb. 24, 2021

Meet Newark’s Own Amanda Gorman, Seventh Grade Poet Makayla Brown

A month ago, as Amanda Gorman shared her beautiful prose during President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris’ inauguration, students at KIPP Rise Academy in Newark had…

By Laura Waters

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