Simone Hardeman-Jones

Guest Blogger

National Policy Director, Educators for Excellence

Washington, D.C.

Simone Hardeman-Jones is the national policy director for Educators for Excellence(E4E). Prior to joining E4E, Simone most recently served as a deputy assistant secretary for legislative and congressional affairs at the U.S. Department of Education, where she provided strategic advice to U.S. Secretaries of Education Arne Duncan and John B. King, Jr. One of her greatest accomplishments was helping to lead the administration’s efforts to achieve educational equity by reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Simone was also a policy advisor in the U.S. Office of Elementary and Secondary Education. In this role, she advised the assistant secretary on policies including educator equity and evaluation systems. She has served in roles ranging from senior education policy advisor to Senator Kay R. Hagan, education policy advisor for Senator Amy Klobuchar, and as director of African American outreach for Amy Klobuchar’s first Senate campaign.

Simone joined E4E because its vision of an equitable and excellent education system is directly in line with her personal mission to advance educational equity for the most disadvantaged.

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Posted Feb. 18, 2020

Black History Is American History and Should Be Celebrated All Year Long

As a Minnesotan, February is a signal that the warmth of spring is so close yet so far away (seriously, last…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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