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Celine Coggins

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Dr. Celine Coggins founded Teach Plus in 2007 to create policy and practice leadership paths for excellent teachers. During her 10 years at the helm of Teach Plus, Celine set the national agenda for the organization that speaks to both teacher needs and policy opportunities. 

Celine started her career as a classroom teacher in Worcester, Massachusetts.  She went on to become a special assistant to the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education, working on a set of initiatives to improve the quality of the state’s teaching force.  Upon completing her PhD at Stanford University, Celine returned to her home state to work at Cambridge’s Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy, an education-focused think tank.  She originally launched Teach Plus as a subsidiary of the Center.

Under Celine’s leadership, Teach Plus introduced groundbreaking programs that place highly effective teachers at the center of improvements in schools as leaders of their peers and outside schools influencing policy decisions that affect their classrooms.  Since 2007, Teach Plus has grown from a small group of teachers in Massachusetts to a national network of more than 24,000 teachers nationwide.

A nationally-recognized expert on teacher leadership, education policy standards and accountability, and union politics, Celine has addressed audiences at the Philanthropy Roundtable, the Askwith Forum at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and on NBC’s Education Nation.   She appears regularly in the media and has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlantic, among many others. 

Celine earned a BA in psychology from the College of Holy Cross, an MA in educational research and measurement from Boston College, and a PhD in education policy analysis from Stanford University.  She is a National Center for Teacher Quality advisor, an Aspen Institute Education Fellow, and a Mind Trust Education Entrepreneurship Fellow.  She is the author of more than two dozen reports and journal articles and editor of three books.  She lives in Milton, MA. 

Select publications:

How to Be Heard: Ten Lessons Teachers Need to Advocate for their Students and Profession (Jossey-Bass, 2017)

A Decade of Urban School Reform (Harvard Education Press, 2007)

Learning from the Experts: Teacher Leaders on Solving America's Education Challenges (Harvard Education Press, 2013)

Five Goals for Teacher Leadership (Phi Delta Kappan, 2014)

What It Takes to Get a Policymaker's Attention (Educational Leadership, 2016)

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