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Barbara Pape

“I learn about new ways of thinking and factual information from discussions with friends and colleagues. I learn so many things from conversations with my children and husband, especially during hour-long walks on the beach. I also learn from biographers who put into words what someone else learned, or failed to learn. If I want to learn how to do something more physical, like surfing, I learn from the pros of YouTube!”

Barbara Pape is the Director of Communications for LVP. She is also Co-founder and Board President of Grow a Teacher. Barbara has 20 years’ experience in communications, education policy, and politics. Previously, she served as Executive Producer of the Teaching & Learning conference, sponsored by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She worked the press for the American Federation of Teachers, at that time headed up by Albert Shanker. Barbara also served as editor and publisher of the first electronically delivered education newsletter, the Daily Report Card. Later she worked at the National Education Goals Panel, publishing a weekly report on innovations in education and in-depth monthly publications on the Goals for the U.S. Department of Education.

As a strategic communications consultant, Barbara has worked with Linda Darling-Hammond, Harvard University, WETA’s Reading, PreKNow, the National Association for Elementary School Principals, and other education organizations. Barbara has also worked on the staff of the Senate Education & Labor Committee and as government affairs director of the City Colleges of Chicago, focusing on community college issues. She has also served on Montgomery County (MD) Public Schools Strategic Planning Committee, as a Board member at the Kennedy Center’s The Intersection of the Arts and Special Education initiative, and as a judge for the Miliken-Penn Education Business Plan competition. She launched her career as a middle school language arts teacher. Barbara has an EdM from Harvard University and coursework toward a PhD at the University of Virginia. She can be reached at
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