America seems more ready than ever for long-overdue conversations about race, gender and opportunity. One setting where those conversations matter a lot is in our schools — the places that explicitly define opportunity in our children’s formative years. When we select people to lead our education systems, we send a loud signal to our children […]
Julia Rafal-Baer is the COO of Chiefs for Change, a bipartisan network of state and district education chiefs. A former assistant commissioner at the New York State Education Department, Rafal-Baer holds holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Marshall Scholar. She began her career as a special education teacher in the Bronx.