Tara Kini

Chief of Staff and Director of State Policy

Tara Kini serves as the Chief of Staff and Director of State Policy for the Learning Policy Institute, where she works nationally to bring high-quality research to policymakers and other stakeholders to advance evidence-based policies that support empowering and equitable learning for each and every child. She has co-authored several LPI research reports, including serving as lead author of a comprehensive analysis of the impact of experience on teacher effectiveness, Does Teaching Experience Increase Teacher Effectiveness? A Review of the Research

Kini has more than 2 decades of experience working in public education as a civil rights attorney, classroom teacher, and teacher educator. Previously, she was a senior staff attorney with Public Advocates, where she represented community-based organizations, students, and parents in education impact litigation. Kini taught English and history for 6 years in Bay Area public schools and served as a faculty supervisor with University of California, Berkeley’s teacher education program. She is a member of the State Bar of California.

Kini received a J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law and a M.A. and teaching credential from Stanford University, where she also received her B.A.

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  • Issue page: Teacher Preparation for Deeper Learning

    Teacher Preparation for Deeper Learning

    This study features case studies of exemplary teacher preparation programs that embody deeper learning practices and prepare teachers to use those strategies themselves in k-12 classrooms. The lessons learned from the study of these programs provide valuable information for practitioners and policymakers seeking to ensure that our nation’s teachers have the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare all students for college, career, and civic life.
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    Whole Child Policy Table

    The Whole Child Policy Table (WCPT) is a collaboration between the Learning Policy Institute and a number of partner organizations that seeks to galvanize collective action behind an equity-focused whole child policy agenda for states. The WCPT unifies and coordinates the work of a broad set of policy partners who aim to create a supportive context for whole child development work in schools.