6 Things Every UELIP Should Know

By Junior Associate: Natalie Hall

The past eight weeks I’ve been here have been filled with many lessons and challenges. I could write for days about what I’ve learned thus far, but here’s a quick summary:

  1. In education, change happens slowly, and seeing the effects of those changes is even slower. This is true of both high level and low level changes.
  2. Always say “thank you”. One day, my supervisor was kind enough to set up a meeting for me with one of his contacts in another office. I only met with that contact for about 15 minutes, but I think sending a short “thank you” email afterwards showed that I genuinely appreciated their time.
  3. Never think that you’re above the “intern-y” tasks. The UELIP internship advertises itself as giving interns substantial work—and it does! But that does not mean that on the days that your team is swamped and needs you to go make a hundred copies, that you’re not adding value. Remember that if they didn’t have a UELIP, one of them would be doing it themselves. Go into those tasks with positivity, and trust me, your team will be all the more appreciative.
  4. Take advantage of the Continue reading “6 Things Every UELIP Should Know”

It’s Not Failure. It’s a Challenge.

By Junior Associate: Kelly Halom 

It is very easy to see the statistics and be disheartened. Sitting in any education policy class, you probably hear them within the first lecture. Our students are failing. Not only are they failing by school standards, but they are failing against international standards as well. What some find even more upsetting is that our students in low-income families are disproportionately failing, which consequently disproportionately affects students that are African-American and Hispanic, ever widening an achievement gap that has come to define many of the societal problems that our country faces. It is very easy to see the statistics as failure.

And as long as we are taking the easy way out, it’s easy to look for someone to blame. Continue reading “It’s Not Failure. It’s a Challenge.”