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This interview was conducted on August 29, 2020 with Jake Boeri, who is a second-year special education teacher in the NYC. He joined the interview via Zoom conference from his home in Brooklyn, NY. Jake is a recent graduate of Columbia University with a bachelor's degree in political science. A few years after graduation, he began participating in the NYC teaching fellows program, which prepares people who do not have educational training in their undergraduate coursework for teaching. He is also pursuing his Master's Degree in Education at Long Island University. In this interview, Jake addresses his experience dealing with school closures in March, and shares his thoughts on and feelings about returning to the classroom in September. He describes how the crisis has exposed cracks in our educational system and discusses opportunities he sees to re-imagine it. He also shares his admiration for his colleagues and public school educators, generally for how they face the challenges presented by the COVID-19 crisis.
Nicolette Lodico is an archivist and knowledge manager who specializes in helping people and organizations—particularly those whose work supports the public good—establish sustainable practices for managing both what they create and what they know so they can make informed decisions, be transparent, and minimize risk. She helps organizations tell the story about their work, to reflect on and learn from past work and share that knowledge with those who will benefit, and to provide opportunities for future researchers and historians to examine and evaluate this work. Currently, she is the director of global information and knowledge management at the Ford Foundation where she is overseeing a comprehensive, multiyear oral history project to gather the reflections of key former staff. She also is the former president and emeritus board member of the Technology Association of Grantmakers, a non-profit organization that cultivates the strategic and equitable use of technology to advance philanthropy. She earned her M.L.S. from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
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