As the new school year gets underway I want to share a few updates about our national education strategy, which is focused on improving student outcomes through the development of learning mindsets and skills.
I’m excited to announce that Zoe Stemm-Calderon has joined our team as the director of our education strategy. Zoe brings to the position a blend of knowledge and experience in the education sector. Prior to joining the Raikes Foundation, Zoe served as a resident at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation while completing her doctorate in education leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She wrote her dissertation on philanthropic strategy for incubating and scaling personalized learning.
Previously, Zoe was assistant superintendent of professional support and development at Houston Independent School District. Prior to her work in Houston ISD, Zoe was a senior leader at Teach for America, where she spent her 10-year tenure focused on advancing the organization's approach to teacher, coach and manager development. She has also worked as a consultant on a number of innovative projects translating research into practice. Zoe began her career as an elementary school teacher in Houston.
Zoe will be partnering with Lindsay Hill, who joined the Raikes Foundation as a program officer for the education strategy in March 2015. Previously, Lindsay was executive director for Teach for America-Washington from 2011 to 2015 and served as the director of training and support for the "I Have a Dream" Foundation from 2008 to 2011. Lindsay began her career as a fourth-grade teacher in Brooklyn, NY.
Craig Wacker recently stepped down as program officer at the Raikes Foundation to launch a new consultancy working on issues in the education sector. Craig played an important role shaping our education strategy and we are grateful for his leadership over the past few years. We plan to hire a new program officer later this year to fill the vacancy created by Craig’s departure, so we will be back in touch with you soon to solicit your ideas for great candidates.
In addition to expanding our staff, we’ve also been busy expanding our grant portfolio and launching new projects. Here are a few of the most recent:
With such remarkable staff and grantees supporting this work, there exciting times on the horizon for our education strategy. We'll continue to provide updates here on the blog, but don't forget to also follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest Raikes Foundation news.