Leila grew up in France and after university was a Teach for America teacher in under-resourced schools in Texas and New York City. She spent two years teaching middle-school writing at a public school in the Bronx and then was part of the founding team of a Harlem-based charter school where she taught middle-school reading.
Leila has a B.A. in literature, Bard College; an M.A. in secondary education, Teachers College, Columbia University; an EdM in education policy and management, Harvard University Graduate School of Education; and an EdD in educational policy, leadership, and instructional practice, Harvard University Graduate School of Education.
She is Academic Lead, Teaching and Learning in the Flinders University College of Medicine and Public Health. She is a Research Associate with the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.
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