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Ernestine works with the effective teaching programs at Educate Texas through the Best In Class collaborative, a coalition between CFT and the Commit Partnership to improve educator effectiveness and to attract, prepare, develop and retain the very best educators. Ernestine’s work is primarily focused on the planning, implementation and expansion of the Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE) school model.

Ernestine has spent the last 20 years advocating for young people in roles that range from citywide strategist for dropout prevention with Chicago Public Schools, to her most recent work with the Steans Family Foundation as their senior program associate designing a plan to support young people from disinvested communities to successfully transition out of college and into meaningful careers.

Ernestine holds a bachelor’s degree in english from Bradley University and a master’s degree in instructional design, development & evaluation from Syracuse University.

Joined CFT

2019

Favorite Aspect of CFT

"I work at CFT's Educate Texas to lock arms with people who feel, think and act passionately and thoughtfully about the well-being of children, communities and each other."

Favorite Quote

“Be a good ancestor. Stand for something bigger than yourself.”

⁠— Marian Wright Edelman