"I continue to believe in education as the ultimate equalizer. School does make all the difference."

Deeply dedicated to equity in our schools, Jen Aponte collaborated with a group of Teaching Policy Fellows to write “The Equity Equation: Teachers Advise on Massachusetts’ Equity Plan.” Through this work, Jen was invited to join U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in Banff, Canada, at the International Summit on the Teaching Profession, attend the U.S. Department of Education’s Teach to Lead Conference, and speak on a panel with Secretary Duncan at the Teaching and Learning Conference in Washington, D.C. Jen published her personal equity story, “How Teachers Can Make a Difference for Boys of Color,” in Education Week Teacher. She also co-authored an op-ed reflecting on her experience at the 2015 International Summit on the Teaching Profession.