Q&A with Karina Rodruiguez

1. Describe the work you’ll be doing with Highlander Institute:
As part of the impact team, we aim to support, monitor, and learn from the different programs led by Highlander in order to strengthen our team’s influence and impact on our schools and teachers.
2. What’s your background?
Born and raised in New York City, I graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Anthropology and received my masters from Brown University in Urban Education Policy. I have had great opportunities working and teaching students from the south side of Chicago and my hometown in Brooklyn. I previously interned at PPSD and the Ethnic Studies program assisting with the development of the program and its curriculum during their pilot year. I also worked with the New York office of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform as their Data and Research Analyst and worked alongside community organizations across the United States on projects around equity and culturally responsive education.
3. What are you most looking forward to with this new position?
With this position I hope to learn and grow with the educators in Rhode Island and support the different programs and efforts led by Highlander to support the teaching work force while promoting blended and personalized learning.
4. What’s your self professed super-power?
I have the innate ability to watch Netflix for hours on end. (Please don’t post that.)