"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A Rose is a Rose and For Some, a Digital Content Manager is a Literacy Expert

 by Susan Ohanian

After receiving the following announcement from Achieve the Core, I looked up the qualifications of their literacy expert (sic) offering the seminar.

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What is "Text Complexity" and Why Does It Matter?
Join us for a webinar Tuesday, February 16 from 7:00-8:00 PM EST
The Common Core State Standards require all students to engage meaningfully with complex texts on a regular basis. But what does the term "complex" actually mean in relation to the reading materials you use with your students? How does a Lexile score factor into the determination?

Register to join literacy expert Silas Kulkarni on Tuesday, February 16 from 7-8 PM EST, as he discusses the three components of text complexity and how to analyze them.

Silas Kulkarni

Silas Kulkarni

Education Management Professional
Washington, District Of Columbia
Education Management
  1. Student Achievement Partners,
  2. America Achieves,
  3. Harlem Village Academy
  1. Yale University
500+ connections


Education reform leader with classroom and policy experience


  • Digital Content Manager

    Student Achievement Partners
    (1 year)
  • Digital Content Manager

    Student Achievement Partners
    (1 year)
  • Consultant

    America Achieves
    (less than a year)
  • 8th Grade Math/Algebra I Teacher

    Harlem Village Academy
    (1 year)
    Led low-income students in Harlem to 92% pass rate on the rigorous New York Regents Exam; collected best practices from excellent school visits and over 30 peer observations; presented model lesson at national conference on lesson study method of professional development
  • 8th Grade Math Teacher, 5th Grade Teacher

    KIPP DC: KEY Academy
    (2 years 11 months)
    Led low-income students in southeast Washington, DC to record-breaking 8th grade math scores: 100% Proficient or above, 62% Advanced (KIPP DC and Washington, DC all-time record); piloted use of SmartBoard technology, Infinite Algebra software, and Kahn Academy; served as Technology Coordinator; presented model lesson at KIPP National Math Teachers Conference 2011; collaborated to facilitate transition to the Common Core State Standards
  • Research Analyst & Policy Associate

    The Education Trust
    (1 year 8 months)
    Analyzed data using statistical software including SAS, SPSS, and advanced Excel functionality; researched and synthesized key information for “Education Watch” state reports; met with congressional staff, advocacy groups, and educators; wrote fact sheets for lobbying; drafted sample legislative language
  • Research Fellow

    National Council on Teacher Quality
    (5 months)
    Researched and designed website of teacher contracts in the 50 largest U.S. school districts; wrote for teacher quality newsletter, The TQ Bulletin; produced data analysis for conference paper, “Time in School: Opportunity to Learn”


Yale University

B.A, Political Science
Concentration in American Government 2006
Peer-reviewed publication: “Election Controversy 2000: Media Coverage of Voter Purges in Florida.” Young Scholars in Writing, ed. Grobman, Laurie and Spigelman, Candace, Pennsylvania State University; President, Yale Political Union, largest undergraduate organization (300+ members); prize-winning public speaker (delivered over 100 public speeches)


  1. More teaching experience than Arne Duncan ...

  2. Anonymous10:16 PM

    Literacy expert? So he taught math for a hot minute and that somehow translates to literacy expert. Well I guess literacy as it applies to the common core math exam which is heavy reading so sure. But what are his other jobs that he held for a year? Hey but nice head shot!