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A Path to Furthering Educational Equity
My time at Peabody and the network it created [helped me] discover a path where my interests and skills could be best used in the service of furthering educational equity.
Molly Weiner
Education Policy
M.P.P. '14
Director of Policy
Texas Aspires Foundation

Molly serves as the director of Policy at Texas Aspires Foundation, a state-level education advocacy group focused on ensuring quality education for all Texas students. In her role, Molly is responsible for research and policy on increasing student achievement, ensuring effective educators in every classroom, promoting high-quality options for families and ensuring strong accountability for schools and districts. Before Texas Aspires Foundation, she served as program director for Urban Leaders Fellowship, recruiting and leading Nashville fellows through an intensive policy and leadership experience. She also worked as a high school math teacher for several years in Austin, Texas, after graduating from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in psychology and B.B.A. in accounting. While at Peabody, she interned with the Tennessee Department of Education's teachers and leaders division and completed her practicum with Urban Leaders Fellowship. Her practicum involved working part-time at Stand for Children Colorado, conducting research on teacher preparation, literacy and how transportation affects school choice. She also worked part-time for the office of Colorado Senator Mike Johnston, working with other fellows on state policies issues and their impact on the local community.
Through the experience, I was able to translate the research and classroom-based experiences I had at Peabody into tangible, on-the-ground work at both the state and local levels. The mix of policy and politics, with a strong focus on what the implementation of policy looks like, sharpened my advocacy skills and illuminated a future career path. My time at Peabody and the network it created (I was hired by an M.P.P. alum in Austin) allowed me to think through weighty education issues, dive deep into research and best practices, and discover a path where my interests and skills could be best used in the service of furthering educational equity. In my current work, I use the things I've learned and the people I've been connected with to inform my daily practice and advocate for meaningful policy that benefits students, teachers, schools and systems.