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Maya Bennett
Common Core Teacher Leader

Maya Bennett is the Reading Interventionist at Capitol Elementary School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She also serves her campus as a Teacher Leader on Common Core and the state of Louisiana as a Teacher Leader Advisor.

She earned her undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and will receive her maser’s in curriculum and instruction from Concordia University in May. To boot, Maya is a proud Teach For America alumna and graduate of Advance Innovative Education’s principal certification program.

As a Teacher Leader, Maya works directly with representatives from the state department of education to chart a course toward excellence as it relates to the implementation of Common Core as well as the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. In this work she has the opportunity to develop her colleagues and support their effort to transform their instructional practice in order to meet the new academic standards. Her role also allows her to work directly with students in their literacy acquisition.

Maya believes in the powerful words of Nelson Mandela and strives to bring them to life, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.’

Current Topic


02/16 - Effects of Expansion: Medicaid in Louisiana

How will the lives of those who now have access to health care change?

Special Presentation


12/15 - Election 2015: An Analysis

What strategies did each of the major candidates use during the Governor's race?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


03/16 - Justice on Hold: Louisiana’s Public Defender Shortage

How serious of a problem is the shortage of public defenders in Louisiana?

Recent Topics


01/16 - Police POV: Body Cameras in Louisiana

What happens when police and the people they arrest have different versions of their encounters?


11/15 - Living Below the Line

What is living in poverty like?


10/15 - Funding the Future: Early Childhood Opportunities

How can improving early childhood programs improve the state’s educational outcomes, workforce, and economics?


09/15 - Agenda Louisiana

What issues will candidates face and where do they stand?

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