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Leading Equity

Nov 28, 2022

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Maya Payne Smart

Maya Payne Smart is a writer, parent educator, and literacy advocate who has served on the boards of numerous library and literacy organizations. She and her family live in Milwaukee, where she serves as affiliated faculty in educational policy and leadership in the College of Education at Marquette University. Her website,, provides tips and tools for parents to nurture, teach, and advocate for kids on the road to reading.

Show Highlights

  • What Maya wishes teachers would have told her as parent to a young child
  • Questions guardians can ask
  • Progress monitoring for teachers and communication with guardians
  • Top 6 Levers
  • Parent/Guardian advocacy strategies
  • The importance of partnerships between the school and the home

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