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Recent Position: Director of Special Projects
Employer: Chicago New Teacher Center
- B.A., African American Studies, Yale University
- M.S., Library Science, Simmons College
Maren Oberman began her education career in Boston, first as a Steppingstone Foundation fellow and sixth-grade teacher, then as a teacher and administrator at the Academy of the Pacific Rim (APR) charter school. At APR, she “advocated for students with special needs, for teachers whose voices were not being heard, and for enriching our academic program by threading literacy throughout the curriculum.” This experience inspired her work as a charter school renewal evaluator with Schoolworks, Inc. Most recently, as a member of the leadership team at the Chicago New Teacher Center (CNTC), Maren provided formative feedback to professional development providers, designed and implemented professional development for CNTC coaches and mentors, and coached new teachers. She aspires to return to the field as a system-level leader strongly equipped to address urban school districts’ “political, fiscal, and management complexities.”
What drives you to do the work that you do?
Education is the ultimate form of empowerment, and the lack of equity in our schools and classrooms drives me to work toward justice for students and teachers. I am motivated as a teacher to cultivate the potential in younger generations to realize their own definitions of success and to contribute to their communities and the world at large.
Why does the Ed.L.D. Program make sense for you at this time?
The program concept fits with my philosophies of collaborative reform, replicable strategies, context-specific solutions, and a commitment to the process rather than a race to the product. I am looking forward to learning collaboratively, devising leadership strategies that will invest students, families, teachers, and school leaders in the change process.