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David Johns

David Johns (M.A. '06) was appointed Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans in February 2013. Created by executive order, the initiative coordinates efforts among federal agencies and community and corporate partners to produce a more effective continuum of education for African Americans, from cradle to post-college career. Johns began his career as an elementary school teacher, but became interested in education policy while studying at Teachers College, After graduating, he served as a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Fellow; worked as an aide to Congressman Charles Rangel; and then became Senior Policy Advisor to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. During the 2012 presidential election, he served as the Obama campaign’s policy and research director. In his current post, Johns is working to improve the quality of programs for African Americans while also expanding access to educational offerings. 

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Premiered on 8/28/2013

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In "Mini Moments with Big Thinkers," leading figures in Teachers College's history discuss groundbreaking ideas, research and initiatives born at the College during the past half-century. The Mini Moments are drawn from the College’s Oral History Project, a collection of more than 90 videotaped interviews conducted by Melanie Shorin and Jessica Wiederhorn, the principals of The Narrative Trust, a private firm that conducts and captures the oral histories of institutions, communities and individuals. Produced in conjunction with TC’s Department of Development and External Affairs, the Mini-Moments are airing throughout 2013.

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