Justin Stephens

Justin plays a critical role to support our emerging efforts to become the “go-to hub” for educators across the country who want to improve equity-centered family engagement at the classroom, school, and district levels.  He advises districts and educators outside of Washington, DC on driving family engagement work in their contexts.  He is also responsible for identifying and coordinating pipeline channels for leadership development and other engagements outside of DC as well as for supporting Flamboyan’s work to convene family engagement actors to drive toward greater impact.

Justin believes that we can transform our societal institutions so that success and life outcomes are no longer predictable by student identity or any other social factor.

Before joining the Flamboyan team, Justin taught Middle School English Language Arts with Baltimore City Schools and served as a school-based staff developer. He left the school-based role to coach teachers and administrators across ten Baltimore City elementary and middle schools as the district began to shift instructional practices to align with the Common Core Standards. After eight years with Baltimore City Schools, he joined Leading Educators as Program Director of the organization’s Washington D.C. teacher leadership fellowship. Later, he transitioned to Director, Strategic Consulting, providing consulting services for teacher leadership initiatives for the New York City Department of Education and leaders from urban districts across the country.

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Who was your favorite teacher in school? Ms. Pazder sparked my curiosity about the world and understood me as a learner.