Claire Robertson-Kraft is a post-doctoral fellow in education policy and the Associate Director of Operation Public Education at Penn. Her research focuses on how new policies influence teachers’ motivation, effectiveness, and retention. After graduating from Penn in 2004, Claire worked with Teach For America, first as a third grade teacher and then as a program director supporting teachers. It was during her time as a teacher that she built the passion she has today for working in urban education. In addition to her work at Penn, Claire is also very active in the Philadelphia civic community. She is the Co-Founder and President of PhillyCORE Leaders and serves on the boards of Russell Byers Charter School, Youth Build Philadelphia, and Leadership Philadelphia. In 2011, she was selected as one of the New Faces of Philly by Philadelphia Magazine, and in 2013, she received the Forum Award for Emerging Executive Women.
In this episode we cover the following:
- Bridging the gap between policy makers, practitioners, and researchers
- What do schools who are defying the odds in underserved areas have in common (and why is it so hard to replicate to scale?)
- The one condition where giving teachers autonomy can actually work.
- The historical context of unions
- The hope for education reform: Union Professionalism
- Breaking the SILO effect (Matching needs to assets in communities in Philadelphia)
- How Philly Core Leaders activates relationship building for community engagement and social change under the GSD model 😉