MTA Friend of Education Award

berkshireJennifer Berkshire

Jennifer Berkshire writes about education and politics for The Nation, The New Republic, The Baffler, The New York Times and other publications. The creator and co-host of the education policy podcast Have You Heard, Berkshire teaches aspiring podcasters in the journalism program at Boston College. Berkshire discovered her passion for helping tell the stories of workers while covering a series of bitter labor battles that wracked her native Midwest in the early 1990s. After spending six years editing the AFT Massachusetts Advocate, Berkshire was inspired to become a licensed public school teacher. She lives in Gloucester with her husband and fellow troublemaker, Russ Davis.

jack schneiderJack Schneider

Jack Schneider has worked throughout his career to build bridges between scholars and educators and to close the gap between research and practice in education. In addition to publishing in peer-reviewed journals, he frequently contributes to publications such as The Atlantic, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, and he is the co-founder of the Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment — an alternative accountability model that honors the multiple purposes of public education. His fourth and latest book is “A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door: The Dismantling of Public Education and the Future of School.” Co-authored with Jennifer Berkshire, his co-host on the podcast Have You Heard, the book examines the effort to dismantle public education and makes an impassioned case for redoubling our commitment to America’s most democratic institution. Schneider teaches in the College of Education at UMass Lowell and lives in Somerville, where his daughter is a fifth grader in the public schools.