Maria Worthen

How to prevent school shootings (hint: it’s not educators’ problem to fix)

How to prevent school shootings (hint: it’s not educators’ problem to fix) picture from the March for Our Lives. A woman holds a sign that reads "America is Failing its Children"

The epidemic of school shootings like the one that happened Tuesday in Uvalde, Texas, cannot be solved by educators. America‚Äôs gun violence epidemic has systemic causes that only systemic solutions can begin to fix. Political and media reactions to the massacre of 21 little children and their teachers at Robb Elementary School have sounded a […]

Maria Worthen

Maria Worthen

Maria Worthen, MSW is the founder and principal consultant, Education Policy Strategies, LLC. She is a nationally-recognized expert in K-12 education policy. As the Vice President, Federal & State Policy at the Aurora Institute (formerly iNACOL), she led the development of the Center for Policy Advocacy and provided testimony, lawmaker education, and technical assistance to the […]

Special education, IDEA, and policy implications post-COVID

Special education, IDEA, and policy implications post-COVID clubhouse schedule screenshot

Education Policy Club Events @ Clubhouse: June 8-10, 2021 Join Education Policy Club founders Dr. Berthena Nabaa-McKinney-McKinney and Maria Worthen, plus special guests Nkoyo Effiong, Dr. Jill Brown, Annette Lee, and Chandra Henry for a discussion on Special education, IDEA, and policy implications post-COVID. Join using the following links: Link for June 8th at 11:30 […]

The Virtual Networking App That’s Creating A Vibrant Ecosystem of Ideas in Education and Beyond

The Virtual Networking App That’s Creating A Vibrant Ecosystem of Ideas in Education and Beyond

I thrive on the give-and-take of an in-person conversation, and Clubhouse has been a delightful addition to my social media diet. As I reach a year on COVID-19 lockdown, this relatively new app is a pleasant surprise for extroverts and aural learners alike. Educators in particular are thriving on Clubhouse. At any given time of […]

New Directions for State K-12 Education Accountability Systems in the COVID Era and Beyond

New Directions for State K-12 Education Accountability Systems in the COVID Era and Beyond

Today, the Center on Reinventing Public Education (CRPE) published State Accountability Systems in the COVID Era and Beyond, which I co-authored with Robin Lake and an impressive roster of contributing experts on education policy. In the following excerpt, I share my thoughts about how states should be thinking about accountability this year. The bottom line: […]

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