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October 16, 2012 > Newark educator selected as 'America Achieves Fellow'

Newark educator selected as 'America Achieves Fellow'

Submitted By Jennifer Forbes

Newark educator, Dr. LaKimbre Brown, has been chosen as part of a group of 100 outstanding educators nationwide to participate in the highly selective America Achieves Fellowship for Teachers and Principals. America Achieves is a non-profit organization with several initiatives including this Fellowship Program to help communities and states leverage policy, practice, and leadership to build high quality educational systems.

Dr. Brown is the principal of Milani Elementary School, selected as the 2010 Newark Unified Elementary Principal of the Year. A National Board Certified Teacher and Coach, as well as a two time Fulbright Scholar, she traveled to Japan and Brazil to study the organization of their educational systems. At Milani, Dr. Brown has been able to develop a cohesive team of teachers focused on academic achievement. As one of the Milani teachers said, "After LaKimbre's arrival, a new Milani emerged; a school where teachers want to teach here, students want to learn, and everyone wants to give more than 100 percent to make Milani a better place. Our API score immediately went up and teachers feel they are appreciated and supported."

As part of the America Achieves Fellowship Program, Dr. Brown participated in the NBC News Education Nation Summit- a national conference recently held during Sept. 23-25 in New York City- to discuss the state of education in America. She had the opportunity to meet and advise public officials and educational leaders on educational policy and practice including U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. This Fellowship Program is supported financially by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and was launched in 2010 as part of the inaugural NBC News Education Nation Summit.

During the coming year, these fellows will also meet again and participate in nationally significant projects to impact students, schools, and national educational policy to help prepare each student for success in careers, college, and citizenship.

One example of a Fellowship project is the America Achieves Common Core website, which can be accessed at This teacher-to-teacher website will be expanded with help from America Achieves Fellows to demonstrate, for more than 250,000 teachers in the state of California, how to make the shift to the nation's new, rigorous college- and career-ready standards in math and literacy at the grade levels they teach.

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