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Isaac Solano graduated with an M.A. in Education Policy from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2015. He is now a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Program at the University of Denver, in his home state of Colorado. In 2016, he was named a Barbra L. Jackson Scholar by the University Council for Educational Administration. It is a prestigious program that provides mentoring and support for current doctoral students of color who want to one day become tenure-track faculty at a university.
Isaac began his career in education as an intern for the Denver Public Schools (DPS) Foundation. While working for the DPS Foundation, he learned how the non-profit wing of the school district leveraged numerous resources to improve the quality of education for students in Denver classrooms.
His first policy work began when he served in the Washington DC office of U.S. Senator Michael F. Bennet (D-CO). Isaac was responsible for attending all education briefings on Capitol Hill and reporting back to the Senator’s senior legislative staff. This experience allowed Isaac to see what national actors are involved in the education policy process and how elected officials respond to various policy and advocacy groups.
While a student in EPSA at TC, Isaac further harnessed his interest in public policy and researched how resources are used within public schools. After he completed his Capstone Project under the guidance of Teachers College professor Luis A. Huerta, Isaac realized that further inquiry into school resources was needed, especially into school resources back in his hometown of Denver, Colorado. That is precisely why he chose to return to Denver to pursue his doctorate degree.