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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


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

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!


09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?

Recent Topics


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?


04/14 - State Contracts 101

Will proposed legislation help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder agencies in delivering services?

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