TNTP CEO Tequilla Brownie on the EduCatered Podcast

Last week, TNTP CEO Tequilla Brownie appeared on “EduCatered,” a new podcast from Getting Smart. She discussed the power of high expectations for students, the importance of connecting education to economic mobility, why teacher diversity should be a top priority as school systems deal with teacher shortages, and more.

“We’re doing a major disservice to students when we don’t help them connect to what their K-12 experience means after K-12,” Tequilla said during the interview. “And one of the opportunities there is to make a more explicit connection between education and economic mobility. We have this lofty ideal that kids will be motivated by education for education’s sake. But that was not my lived experience, and that frankly is not the experience of a lot of students I encounter. I grew up in really extreme poverty. My own motivations—it wasn’t some lofty ‘Oh, I’m just so passionate about education.’ It was that I knew, and my grandparents knew, education was a means to an end—meaning an end to poverty in my life.”

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Imali Ariyarathne, seventh-grade teacher at Langston Hughes Academy, stands in front of her students while introducing them to the captivating world of science

Imali Ariyarathne, seventh-grade teacher at Langston Hughes Academy, introduces her students to the captivating world of science.

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Today, we work side-by-side with educators, system leaders, and communities across 39 states and over 6,000 districts nationwide to reach ambitious goals for student success.

Yet the possibilities we imagine push far beyond the walls of school and the education field alone. We are catalyzing a movement across sectors to create multiple pathways for young people to achieve academic, economic, and social mobility.

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