Kamili Anderson has worked in some aspect of education her entire professional career, beginning in the 1970s as a board and staff member of a District-based (PK-8) independent school. She later worked as a staff reporter for a national education magazine and as associate editor of a major educational research and policy journal at Howard University. At Howard, she co-edited an encyclopedia of African American education and consulted for a federally funded center focusing on at-risk youth. She served six years as director of Howard University Press and four years as publications director for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. She later started her own editorial and communications services company, and many of her clients were educators, education policymakers, federal agencies, and university divisions.
Kamili was elected Ward 4’s State Board representative during the 2011 special election and reelected in 2012. She has been an active, vocal participant in important ward- and city-wide education matters, collaborating with her State Board colleagues, OSSE, DCPS, and charter school leaders to identify critical issues relating to the District’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver; obtain federal Race to the Top funding; develop environmental literacy, science instruction, and early childhood education standards; and establish a master facilities plan for District schools. Her primary areas of focus within the State Board purview have been family engagement and ensuring greater outreach to and community involvement in education decision making. She has served on several DCPS Modernization Improvement Teams in her ward, and is co-chair of the Ward 4 Education Collaborative.
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