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About the Editors of The Opportunity Gap

Carol DeShano da Silva is a doctoral student in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy, with a focus on International Education, at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research interests include early reading instruction, teacher education, the impact of policy on practice and student achievement, and equity in education for poor and marginalized communities. Her current research is on social entrepreneurs in the field of literacy instruction in Latin America. She is the coauthor of “Where Is the ‘Education’ in Conditional Cash Transfers in Education?”, a paper published by the UNESCO Institute of Statistics. Da Silva was previously an English-as-a-Second-Language instructor and international student advisor in Boston.

James Philip Huguley is a doctoral student in Human Development and Psychology at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a focus on adolescent development in urban education. Huguley’s professional experience is in nonprofit management, curriculum design, teacher training, academic advising, classroom instruction, fundraising and development, and family support services. He was formerly the codirector of Providence Summerbridge, an academic enrichment program for low-income inner-city middle school students in Rhode Island, and a teacher at the Wheeler School, an independent preK-12 school in Providence.

Zenub Kakli is a doctoral student in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research interests include public engagement in education, family-community-school partnerships, and community organizing for school reform. Her current research is on how school districts engage families and communities in decisionmaking. Kakli is a coauthor of Focus on Families! How to Build and Support Family-Centered Practices in After School (with T. Buck et al., 2006). She is a former elementary school teacher.

Radhika Rao is a doctoral student in Learning and Teaching at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a focus on the arts in education. Her research interests include drama/theater in education, moral education, peace and citizenship education, and the links between these realms. Her current work focuses on programs that use theater in educational settings to generate civic dialogue for social justice and peace and citizenship education. Rao previously worked with a professional theater group in New Delhi, India, and taught drama and life skills to secondary school students.

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