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Sydney Morris

Job Title
Co-Founder & Co-CEO
Educators 4 Excellence
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New York
Peter Jennings Award

Sydney Morris is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Educators 4 Excellence (E4E), a teacher-led organization that seeks to ensure that teachers’ voices are meaningfully included in the policy decisions that impact their classrooms and careers. Launched in 2010, E4E has grown into a national movement of over 16,500 teachers learning about education policy, networking with colleagues and policymakers, and taking action around policies that will lift student achievement and the teaching profession. There are currently five E4E chapters in New York, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Connecticut, and Chicago.

In 2012, Sydney was featured on City & State’s list of 40 Under 40 Rising Political Stars. Most recently, Sydney was recognized on the 2014, Forbes' 30 Under 30 for Education list. She has authored op-eds and has been quoted in a variety of print and media outlets, including the New York Times, WSJ, NY Post, Huffington Post, FOX, and ABC. Sydney is also a frequent speaker at conferences and events, such as SXSWedu and the ForbesWomen’s Summit.

Prior to co-founding E4E with her colleague, Evan Stone, Sydney spent three years teaching second and third grade at a high-needs elementary school in the Bronx, NY. She led her students to average gains of 1.5 years of academic growth in both reading and math and 100% passing rates on the statewide ELA and Math exams. While teaching, Sydney designed and led the school’s first-ever after-school ballet program. Sydney also earned an M.A. in teaching from Pace University.

Sydney served as a corps member after graduating from Tulane University with a B.A. in political science and a concentration in international relations. While in New Orleans, she was actively involved in the New Orleans Public School system following Hurricane Katrina and worked with the nonprofit New Orleans Outreach to develop free after-school dance programs for low-income public school students.