Heather Harding oversees Teach For America’s partnership work in policy, research, community engagement, and special initiatives. She has held numerous practitioner roles in organizations including the Boston Plan for Excellence, Citizen Schools, the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, and KIPP. Heather began her career as a Teach For America corps member in rural North Carolina and went on to lead the organization’s Eastern North Carolina site in the mid-1990s. She holds master's and doctoral degrees in education policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where her dissertation documented the work of four successful white urban middle-school teachers. Heather attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and retains her love of investigative research and artful writing. She lives in Washington, D.C., and does karaoke whenever she can, at home with her husband and two kids or at her neighborhood bar.
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