Sara Alwan

As an Associate, Sara Alwan is supporting the development and execution of Chiefs for Change’s advocacy agenda. Prior to joining the team, Sara was a Teach For America Corps member teaching third grade ELA at Achievement First Aspire Elementary School in Brooklyn, New York. Previously, she worked as a Policy Analyst for StudentsFirstNY, where she executed advocacy strategies to support a student-focused policy agenda, including conducting quantitative and qualitative research, communicating to the press, and advising elected officials on education policy. Sara holds an M.P.A. in Education Policy Analysis from NYU Wagner, an M.A. in Teaching Elementary Education from Relay GSE, and a B.A. in International Relations from NYU. As an undergraduate, Sara helped lead the NYU chapter of Students for Education Reform (SFER) and the NYU College Democrats. She has also served as a policy intern in Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s Office of Education, an operations coordinator for KIPP:LA Charter Schools, and an inaugural Teach For America Rising Leaders Fellow.

I would like to commend the Learning Forward Team for such an awesome opportunity to attend the conferences which provide such awesome strategies and instructional standards that my team implements at our STEM/Science Center.

— 2018 Attendee

The level of intellectual stimulation and dialogue is unparalleled. There is always someone nearby or at your table who can help process new ideas or help you think about how what you’re hearing applies to your work. The balance of research and application is really nice. Getting to hear from top authors about their current projects helps me feel very informed so that I can feel abreast of current trends in the professional learning field. At the same time, the balance of topics that are “oldies but goodies” is nice because there are always new practitioners joining the conference.

— 2018 Attendee