A lifelong educator, Kaya Henderson recently concluded her tenure as the Chancellor of DC Public Schools where she served from 2010-2016. Prior to DCPS, Kaya worked at the New Teacher Project, Teach for America and as a middle school Spanish teacher.
Kaya is actively involved in a number of community and professional organizations including: Aspen Institute Board of Trustees, College Board Board of Trustees, International Women’s Foundation, Chair of the Board of Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC), Pahara Aspen Fellowship, Surge Institute Board of Directors, EdNavigator Board of Directors, and Teach For All Global Advisory Council.
Kaya answered questions ranging from how she turned the tide in DCPS to her thoughts on a certain new Secretary of Education. From Kaya, we learned about the importance of equity, how to build up your teachers, and how to make a school system which was losing students each year become a place where parents want to send their students. Kaya was in it to win it, and win it she did.