The Fordham Institute, a high-performing organization with a long track record of innovation and excellence within the domains of media relations and social media, is looking to take our communications to the next level with two new members: a media relations and events manager in D.C. and an external communications and research associate in Columbus, Ohio.
Media relations and events manager; D.C. office
The successful candidate must be a dynamic, mission-driven, and experienced media professional who is savvy and knowledgeable in traditional media, social media, and education reform. Reporting to the Executive Vice President, the Media Relations and Events Manager will work collaboratively with other members of Fordham’s communications team and its senior leadership to develop and implement communication strategies and events programming. If you are an innovative thinker with ideas on how to broaden Fordham’s impact and promote our school reform principles, research, analysis, and ideas, we want to hear from you. If we are describing you, take a look at the details.
External communications and research associate; Columbus, Ohio office
The Columbus, Ohio office of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute is searching for a fellow Gadfly: an independent-minded advocate for education reform. The External Communications and Research Associate must have at least two years of experience in strategic communications, possess strong writing and editing skills, and have creative strategies for promoting research and policy ideas to state lawmakers, educators, researchers, and
Maybe you? Maybe someone you know?
In short, I work on 1) a wide array of really interesting research and writing projects (including blogging here!) and 2) an even wider array of initiatives designed to help ed reform organizations get better at various parts of their jobs.
That means in the span of a few days, I might work on projects related to teacher preparation, charters, educator evaluations, Common Core, common assessments, blended learning, nonpublics/choice, accountability systems, SEA reform, and portfolio management.
I’m looking for someone to lend a hand on all of this stuff. S/he would do lots of research, help write and edit, and serve as a sounding board and thought partner. S/he would also have the chance to think up new projects and new approaches to existing work. There’s much room for entrepreneurialism and professional growth.
I’m hoping to find someone sharp, creative, hardworking, dedicated to this work, and nice.
The position will provide the opportunity to dive into the major issues of the day and get to know many of the most important and influential organizations in the field.
And this person will get to be part of the amazing Bellwether
Guest blogger A. Graham Down was acting director of the College Board's Advanced Placement Program and executive director and president of the Council for Basic Education.
I first met Jacques Barzun in 1960 at the Lawrenceville School. He was the featured speaker at the school’s 150th anniversary, making a presentation entitled “The Place and Price of Excellence.” He cut an impressive, if somewhat austere, figure. Regal, aristocratic, and articulate, Jacques Barzun made an immediate impression on me. The fineness of his mind, the extraordinary wealth and depth of his knowledge, and his insistence on the highest academic standards were all readily apparent. Later, in seeming apposition, I learned that he wrote mystery and detective novels under a pseudonym with a life-long friend, Wendell Taylor, the head of the school’s science department.
Regal, aristocratic, and articulate, Jacques Barzun made an immediate impression on me.
Flash forward to August 1974. Our paths crossed again in an entirely different context. Now, informally dressed and over a glass of beer on the back porch of his summer compound on Cape Cod, he interviewed me (in his capacity as a board member) for the position of executive director of the Council for Basic Education, a national organization which championed the liberal arts for all students at the pre-college level. The entente was immediate. He naturally and visibly epitomized the council’s ideals. Intolerant of intellectual mediocrity, he wanted to make sure that I was scholarly enough
Yesterday morning, I had the opportunity to introduce Teach for America founder, Wendy Kopp, at the White House Fellows Annual Leadership Conference.
Though I had to excise some of the material below to meet a pre-ordained time limit, the following is the original text of my comments.
Good morning, everyone. It is an honor and pleasure to introduce our next speaker.
It has been a terrific morning, but it’s also been a bit long, I know. So with that and the conference’s theme of “Creativity and Leadership,” in mind, I thought I’d start off somewhat differently to spice things up a little.
By talking about football.
It’s not just what we do but what we build.
Legendary San Francisco 49ers head coach Bill Walsh won four Super Bowls—a coaching record. But he left a far greater legacy than just those Lombardi Trophies.
He was such a great teacher and mentor that six of his assistant coaches went on to become NFL head coaches. And then their assistants became NFL head coaches. And their assistants, too.
His influence continues to this very day. Contemporary NFL head coaches Mike Tomlin of the Steelers, John Harbaugh of the Ravens, Andy Reid of the Eagles, Mike Shanahan of the Redskins, Lovie Smith of the Bears, and many others trace their pedigree directly back to Bill Walsh.
Now that’s a legacy. It’s not just what we do but what we build.
Walsh retired in 1988, at the pinnacle of his career, but also, tragically, possibly
About the Editor
Michael J. Petrilli
Executive Vice President
Mike Petrilli is one of the nation's foremost education analysts. As executive vice president of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, he oversees the organization's research projects and publications and contributes to the Flypaper blog and weekly Education Gadfly newsletter.
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