Shakera Walker is an award-winning kindergarten teacher and a passionate advocate for the education reform movement and early childhood education. With 10 years of teaching experience, Shakera continues to have a dramatic impact on student achievement.
In 2011, she was selected as a Teaching Ambassador Fellow with the US Department of Education. She is on leave from Boston Public Schools and is working full time at the Department’s headquarters in Washington, DC. Shakera works in the office of the Secretary for the Department’s Early Learning Initiatives.
She began her teaching career in the Boston Public Schools as an intern in an Advanced Work class at the Josiah Quincy elementary school. During that internship, she was a student at Harvard University Graduate School of Education, where she studied the social and cultural factors that affect African-American and Latino student achievement and motivation. After earning her M.Ed. from Harvard, she taught first grade for three years before moving to her role as a teacher in an integrated K1/K2 program at Young Achievers Science and Math School in Mattapan, MA. She is a former Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellow.
January 11, 2012 / Caitlin Hollister, Shakera Walker
Across the country, the question of how best to evaluate teachers -- and how to use evaluations effectively -- continues to cause stirring debates among teachers and policymakers.
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