Press Release

Marla Ucelli-Kashyap Joins AFT As Assistant to the President for Educational Issues

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Janet Bass

WASHINGTON—Marla Ucelli-Kashyap, who for the past decade has led the program on district redesign and leadership at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, is joining the American Federation of Teachers as assistant to the president for educational issues, AFT President Randi Weingarten announced today.

Ucelli-Kashyap’s work at the Annenberg Institute, and her previous educational policy work for the Rockefeller Foundation, former New Jersey Gov. Thomas Kean, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, will enable her to provide the AFT with invaluable expertise.

“Marla’s extensive work on improving urban school districts, with a focus on results and equity for all students, will be enormously helpful as we continue our work to improve public schooling for all children by promoting an agenda of quality, educational equity, shared responsibility and collaboration,” Weingarten said. Ucelli-Kashyap will head an AFT educational issues team of professionals working on teacher development and evaluation, professional development, implementation of the common core standards, and other areas that will help educators improve our profession and our schools, including the quality of instruction and curriculum as well as the learning and teaching environment.

Since 2000, Ucelli-Kashyap has led the Annenberg Institute’s district redesign and leadership program, overseeing the group’s research, tools and advocacy for “smart districts”—school districts and communities collaborating on reforms to improve outcomes for all students.

While at the Rockefeller Foundation from 1990-2000, Ucelli-Kashyap was responsible for its program to improve the education and development of children living in poor urban communities. She worked closely on the foundation’s founding, design and early implementation of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future, in collaboration with Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Ucelli-Kashyap also served as special assistant for education to Thomas Kean, a leader in education reform, when he was governor of New Jersey, and was special assistant to former president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Ernest L. Boyer.

Ucelli-Kashyap will begin her work at the AFT in September.

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.