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Carina Wong

Carina Wong serves as the Deputy Director for Education at the foundation. She leads the College Ready Work portfolio focused on creating the conditions for student success by investing in teachers and improving the work they do with their students.  Her investments include efforts to help teachers implement the Common Core in their classrooms; new opportunities for teachers to collaborate virtually and scale best practices across networks; and designing more innovative and intelligent ways of delivering professional development. 

Prior to the Gates Foundation, she was the Executive Director of the Chez Panisse Foundation in Berkeley, CA where she led an effort to overhaul the district’s school lunch program and create a new model that relied on preparing freshly cooked meals from local ingredients.  She has worked in education for over 20 years on instructional and assessment issues and held leadership positions at the national, state and district levels. 

She holds a Master’s in Education Policy from Stanford University and a Master’s in Education from George Washington where she received her credential in English as a Second Language and Social Studies.  Before coming to the foundation, Carina also served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa and a trainer in Botswana. 


Posts By Carina Wong

Let’s Talk! Listening and Learning from Teachers

The Let’s Talk series is designed to share what we are learning from our investments and the work of our partners. Check out what teachers have to say in this first edition.

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New Grants for Rethinking Professional Development Systems

No one knows teaching like teachers. Yet, teachers are rarely at the center of the conversation when it comes to professional development. Every teacher knows what it feels like to sit through professional development that is unrelated to what they need tomorrow to truly accelerate their students’ learning. It’s frustrating.

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