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Springfield Renaissance Principal Named Distinguished Fellow

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Jobs For The Future, through its Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative, announced six education leaders as its newest cohort of Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows. Among the honorees is Arria Coburn, principal of The Springfield Renaissance School, a member of the EL Education network in Massachusetts. Coburn was named the 2018 Magnet Schools of America Region 1 Principal of the Year, is a member of the Teacher Education Committee at American International College, and is on the Mount Holyoke Master of Arts in Teaching advisory board.

The Distinguished Fellows will spend the next two years collaborating with researchers on the organization’s six active studies, using research to design projects to be implemented in their own schools, and elevating research-driven, student-centered practices in school. Read more about the fellowship and fellows here or below.


Announcing Six New Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows!

JFF’s Student-Centered Learning Research Collaborative is delighted to introduce our new cohort of Students at the Center Distinguished Fellows. We have selected six outstanding education leaders who have demonstrated longstanding commitments to using student-centered approaches in their practice, who engage in the struggle for educational equity, and who believe in the power of research-driven classrooms and schools to improve student outcomes. While the first cohort of Distinguished Fellows came from the policy, practice, and research worlds, this new cohort comprises educators deep in the day-to-day work of translating and using research in classrooms, schools, and communities.

Over the next two years, the Distinguished Fellows will work closely with researchers engaged in the Research Collaborative’s six active studies, as well as its cohort of youth researchers, communicating the impact of research-driven, student-centered practices in school, and designing projects that apply research in practice in their own schools.

We are thrilled to work with these exceptional leaders and look forward to sharing their important contributions to the field.

Arria Coburn is the principal of The Springfield Renaissance School, a 6–12 STEM magnet school in Springfield, Massachusetts, that is part of the EL Education network. She has over thirteen years of experience in urban education, including six years as a special education teacher and seven years in administration. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in education at Northeastern University.

Arria was the 2018 Magnet Schools of America Region 1 Principal of the Year. She is a member of the Teacher Education Committee at American International College and the Mount Holyoke Master of Arts in Teaching advisory board. •