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I was on the road a lot last year. A lot. And in the course of traveling across the U.S., U.K. and beyond, I was immersed in thousands of compelling conversations with diverse leaders, thinkers, teachers and students often pushing my thinking and getting me even more excited about the road ahead in education. Often informational, inspirational, and at their best, catalytic, these conversations have always been the cornerstone of my continued learning in the education world. This year, I’m committed to sharing more of these conversations on this blog and in podcasts. To that end, here is a conversation I had recently with a respected colleague and “good trouble maker,” Dr. Davis Jenkins. Davis is a long-time friend and Senior Research Associate at the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Teachers College, Columbia University. He is also a member of the Civitas Learning National Advisory Board. After attending and graduating from an elite university, his first career steps took him into the work of community colleges serving under-served students – low income, first generation – those all too often not given a clear pathway to college completion. In the years that followed, Davis focused his research on community colleges and has become a nationally-recognized leader in the Pathways Movement. Always inspiring and committed to the cause—and never afraid to speak hard truths—Davis is one of a powerful family of voices calling for better, clearer, and high-quality pathways for striving students. Listen in on his take on the Pathways Movement, and its growing role in student success innovation.
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