Education & Innovation: How COVID is Spurring Innovation in the Education Sector

Join Walker’s Legacy and Teach For America on Friday, August 28th from 12PM – 1 PM EST in a conversation with women of color entrepreneurs in the education sector who are meeting these challenging times with the innovation needed to better serve our communities.


Date: Friday, August 28th, 2020

Time: 12PM- 1PM EST

Featured speakers include:

Claudine Miles, M. Ed. co-founder of Restore More

Claudine Miles, originally from East Providence Rhode Island, holds an English Degree from Hampton University, and an Educational Leadership degree from Georgia State University. As a proud TFA alum, her work started at KIPP WAYS ACADEMY, a Title I. public charter in SW Atlanta. During her 10 years there, she served in several roles including 6th grade Science Teacher, Grade Level Chair, Gifted Coordinator, Upper School Dean, and Dean of Restorative Practices.

She won Teacher of the Year in 2012 and led her school to win Charter School of The Year in 2016. In 2018, Claudine launched a consulting firm called Restore More, which helps organizations build capacity with Restorative Practices, Self-Awareness, Anti-Racism, and Social-Emotional health. The central mission is to continue sharing wellness strategies nationwide to uplift communities of color. They do this by creating training for Teacher & Leader Wellness, Creating Parent & Student Content, and 

Claudine is also invested in her community, serving as the Vice-Chair for Zest Preparatory Academy’s school board in Douglasville. She was also a Teach For America Social Innovation Fellow and is a proud member of the ACEE Regional Strategies Team where she advocates for policy reform around the School-to-Prison Pipeline & Gang Prevention and Intervention. In this season, Claudine has stayed busy and she helped organize an Educators For Black Lives March in Atlanta that gained local and national attention for the rights of black students. 

Maia Sharpley, Partner, Learn Capital

Maia Sharpley is a Partner at Learn Capital with over 15 years of experience as an education executive in private and public sector organizations. Maia has a proven track record of conceptualizing, developing, and scaling education services in the US, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. She has also been active in the EdTech startup arena, overseeing early-stage company advisory programs and launching several businesses.

Maia was formerly EVP of innovation and strategic initiatives for Charter Schools USA and responsible for developing innovative EdTech solutions and new capabilities within the organization and building businesses around the world. In prior roles, as VP for strategy and innovation with Kaplan, Inc., she led a broad range of programs and businesses, including managing the company’s EdTech portfolio and administering the relationship with the TechStars-Kaplan EdTech startup accelerator in NYC. She also served as executive director of operations for the New York City Department of Education, the largest public school system in the U.S. Prior to her career in education, Maia worked as a management consultant. She is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT and earned her MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Maia is fluent in several languages, a U.S. patent holder, and a Kauffman Fellow.

Keiyonna Dubashi, Founder & Executive Director of Profound Ladies

Keiyonna served as a National Board Certified Teacher for 10 years before joining Teach for America staff as a Real-Time Teacher Coach.  In 2009, she obtained her Masters of Art in Education in School Leadership and Administration. She spent 10 years in the classroom prior to joining Teach for America staff in 2014. Her role involves everything from direct coaching and support to designing learning experiences for teachers to implement practices for teachers to interrogate their own practices and create disruption in the school to confinement pipeline. 

In March she stepped into the role of Founder & Executive Director for Profound Ladies. This organization is the Sister organization to Profound Gentlemen and works to recruit, retain, and support BIPOC women in education as they work to interrupt the school to prison pipeline by serving as anti-racist educators.  This National organization, in its inaugural year, is working in collaboration with two school districts to support women of color by providing mentorship, and Impact leader, and networking opportunities through the Profound Family community. By supporting BIPOC women in education, we are providing the mirrors and windows girls need to thrive.

In addition to her full-time roles, she served as a co-chair for the 2018 Black Corps Member Summit, a learning experience dedicated to Black educators, which takes place in Memphis, TN.  She currently serves as a member of the Regional Worktable, a group dedicated to facilitating the exchange of Diversity Equity and Inclusiveness expertise across the Teach for America network and works to contribute to the ongoing development of the company’s theory of leadership. Inclusive of her DEI work, has been the work she’s done as a member of the Diversity Equity and Inclusiveness council where she and her peers worked to advise, inform, and make recommendations to senior leadership, including the company’s CEO, Elisa Villanueva Beard, and other staff members leading enterprise-wide DEI efforts to position Teach for America to live into the company’s DEI commitments. 


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