IRT in NYC for Two Alumni Events

Join us in New York on Thursday, April 25th for two IRT alumni events!

A Conversation with MDRC
From 2:30 – 4:00 pm, MDRC, a national policy organization and an IRT institutional partner, is hosting a conversation at their headquarters about American educational policy and policy-related careers. All IRT alumni are invited to attend this interactive panel and Q&A session.  Please click here to RSVP to attend the event.

If you are unable to attend, a live streaming of the interactive session will be available.  RSVP required.

IRT Alumni Mixer
Kevin Maillard, IRT ’94 and Advisory Board Member, will host an Alumni Mixer, from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, near Union Square.  Join us for food, drink, and good company.

Space for the Alumni Mixer is limited to the first fifty alumni, so RSVP early!

Executive Letter

Brooks photoThe IRT is springing into full bloom this season.

After a fall and winter filled with recruitment visits to 40 campuses, the IRT staff is hard at work beginning the application review process. We are thrilled to meet our cohort candidates and excited to prepare for this year’s Summer Workshop.

It was a joy to sit down with Jessica Acosta-Chavez PA ’06, IRT ’12, on the Every Quarter podcast. As Phillips Academy’s associate director of admission and outreach and an alumna of the program, I was excited to learn more about her experience and to discuss the future of education. Visit the link here to listen and feel free to email or reply with any comments.

Throughout our conversation, I stress my interest in wanting to learn more from our alumni. I am curious about your experiences and ways that the IRT can continue to support the needs of diverse educators.

I extend my deepest sympathies to the family, friends, and community of Maryori Condi, IRT ’17. It is clear she embodied the sense of a progressive educator, one who aspired to cast and showcase the brilliance within her communities. In the coming weeks and months, I hope to have the opportunity to interact with more of you.





LaShawnda Brooks
Executive Director, IRT

Support the IRT on PA Giving Day – March 27

PA Giving Day is an opportunity for all in the Andover community to support the program that means the most to them. Last year on Giving Day, 67 individuals donated to the IRT, making it one of the most popular designations across the Academy! IRT donors’ generosity, combined with the power of matching funds, supported 8 IRT scholars in full.

Please join us again this year in support of the IRT. Challenge match funds will be offered, multiplying each individual’s impact. The IRT relies on annual gifts to meet its operating costs each year.

Every. Gift. Matters.

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Call for Submissions!

Help us Curate Content for a Black History Series on the IRT Blog

The IRT is interested in learning how educators recognize the history, events, and individuals that shape Black History not only in February but year-round. We will be working on publishing a series of posts on the blog and need your help!
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In Memoriam: Maryori Conde, IRT ’17

By Leislie Godo-Solo, IRT ’91
Education Programs Specialist, IRT

I first met Maryori Conde in November of 2016 during our discussion about her interest in IRT. During our short interaction, it was abundantly clear that she was tremendously passionate about educational access and teaching—she embodied the term educator. She became a teaching fellow at Breakthrough Providence and integrated social justice concepts into the curriculum which she taught to seventh graders. Carlon Howard, co-director of Breakthrough Providence states that“she was a very caring and passionate person, someone who believed in our mission.  Someone who always had a positive demeanor about herself, who always came with a smile.”

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