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It is almost midnight on January 1, 2015. For fun and to challenge myself, I set the intention for 2015 to write a new post as often as my schedule allows about individuals, schools, groups, communities, companies who contribute to transforming public education. These are the REAL edtransformers and I want to share them with you.

The goal is to change the conversation about public education and focus on what is making a difference for students both young and adults so they are excited to learn and gain the skills to pursue and achieve their life goals and aspirations.

As an education researcher for a nonprofit the past 20 years, I have also been a grant writer, standardized test developer, and author of reports to state policymakers along the way. My favorite part of my day job is visiting schools and listening to students, educators and others about what is working or needs improvement from their perspective in public education. And I’m mom to a 6th and 4th grader attending public charter schools.

I hope you will join me as I publicly commit to daily musings about what is transforming public education in positive ways.

Happy New Year! I’ll be back tomorrow. Thanks for reading!


Someone recently told me that I’m good at getting others to pay for what I want to do. It was an Aha! moment for me. Suddenly it all clicked. I write grant proposal on behalf of school districts or community colleges or other entities wanting funding to do what they wanted to do. I’m currently in the middle of a grant proposal so my love is tempered by the reality of deadlines and sleep deprivation. Usually after a grant proposal is submitted, I feel euphoria and a big sense of accomplishment and the love for grant writing returns in full force.

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I spent Sunday morning watching TEDxRedmond [], an event organized and attended by youth. I was blown away by what these young people have already accomplished. Listening to each speaker inspired me to want to do more to get youth voices heard.

One particular talk made me think about a topic in a new light. Brigitte Berman spoke passionately about ending bullying in schools. Adults and students hold equal responsibility in making this happen. I totally agree and like the language of ending bullying.

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It’s time to follow through on turning ideas into action. First is this blog. Enough with thinking and talking about blogging, it’s time to just do it and write.

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