Krista Kaput

Policy Director

Krista has spent her career focusing on education equity issues. She spent three years teaching in Chicago where she worked as a Special Education and Mathematics teacher, and served as both the Department Chair and Grade Level Lead. While in Chicago, she also help found a STEM charter school. She has held fellowships with the Institute for Educational Leadership, New Sector Alliance, Leadership for Educational Equity, and Minneapolis Public Schools.

Krista began working with Education Evolving in June 2016. In addition to being the lead on EE's research and legislative work, which includes innovation research zones, competency-based education, teacher preparation programs, and advancing student-centered learning, she also oversees the Education Policy Fellowship Program and Student-Centered Learning Policy Advisory Council. Krista is also the main author of EE's blog where she covers a myriad of topics including relevant federal and state education policy issues, measures of student achievement beyond test scores, and governance arrangements for large urban school districts.

Krista also serves on various coalitions and committees as a representative for EE, including the Solutions Not Suspensions Coalition, Coalition to Increase Teachers of Color and American Indian Teachers, and the Minnesota Department of Education's Every Student Succeeds Act Committees.

Krista earned a BA from the University of Chicago and a M.Ed. in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University. She is currently working on her MPP at the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where she received the John E. Brandl Public Leadership Fellowship and the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Award. She lives in Minneapolis and enjoys running, volunteering with Mile in My Shoes, and teaching rowing classes.

You can reach Krista at

Twitter: @kristakaput

About Education Evolving

Education Evolving is a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization working to improve public education.

Our mission is to advance student-centered learning for all students, by supporting teachers designing and leading schools, and by advocating for policy that is open to innovation.

Our founders and leaders have been instrumental in innovations such as open enrollment and public school choice, the nation's first charter school law, and schools designed and run by teachers.

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