BridgeEdu President, Tisha Edwards named recipient of 2017 MAEC Education Equity Award

BridgeEdu President, Tisha Edwards named recipient of 2017 MAEC Education Equity Award

     Celebrating 25 Years of Equity and Social Justice in Education

BETHESDA, MD (October 13, 2017): The Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium (MAEC), an educational nonprofit organization, will recognize the efforts of those who work to achieve educational equity and social justice. MAEC will present its Education Equity Awards to six recipients: students, educators, administrators, advocates, and institutions whose value, service, and leadership serve as an inspiration to all who work towards equity. The ceremony will take place as part of MAEC’s 25th Anniversary event on November 2, 2017, at Claudio Grossman Hall, Washington College of Law, American University.

The Education Equity awards will honor:

  • Tisha Edwards, President, BridgeEdU, Inc. (MD), with the Equity Change Maker Award. This award recognizes a leader who has demonstrated considerable effort in advancing equitable outcomes for students, encouraged courageous conversations, and employed an integrated approach to improve equity at the school, district, and state levels.
  • Wilson Aldana, student leader, Next Steps Public School Charter (DC), and José Dominguez Cortez, student leader, Morgan State University (MD), with the Up and Coming Award. This award recognizes a young leader who has demonstrated civil rights and advocacy in the school and community and persisted with a clear vision, through organizational and bureaucratic barriers, to achieve greater access and opportunity in education.
  • Tia Marie Brumsted, Director of Student Wellness, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School (DC), with the Education Equity Champion Award. This award recognizes a person who makes a substantive, yet often unrecognized, contribution in the front lines of education to ensure the most vulnerable students can achieve academic success. Ms. Brumstead exhibits commendable effort in establishing a safe and positive school, classroom, and community climate; fostering welcoming environments where students thrive; and promoting the collaboration of diverse stakeholders.
  • The Reading School District (PA) under the leadership of Superintendent Dr. Khalid N. Mumin, with the Courageous Institution Award. This award recognizes an institution/organization that has made an impact in galvanizing national, state, and local actions for promoting educational equity for all students so that they can become successful citizens. Reading School District is also recognized for its commendable effort in fostering optimism in educators and other stakeholders, working together to ensure academic success for students of all backgrounds.
  • Dinora Del Carmen Caceres, a parent in Arlington, (VA), with the Delgado Votaw Achievement Award. This award recognizes education and civil rights advocate who works to ensure greater opportunity and educational equity for students and families of minority and low-socioeconomic background. Ms. Caceres is also known for making a significant impact in dispelling the myths about the culture, grit, and aspiration of students and families of minority and low-socioeconomic backgrounds, and for working tirelessly for greater inclusion of voices in shaping public education.

James Counts Early will host MAEC’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, MAEC Board Member and Former Director Cultural Heritage Policy, Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, and will feature an engagement by Dr. Ysaye M. Barnwell, Composer, Vocalist, Author, Actress, and Former Member of the African American Female A Cappella Ensemble Sweet Honey In The Rock.


About MAEC: MAEC was founded in 1991, as an educational non-profit dedicated to increasing access to high-quality education for culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse learners. We are the long-time home of a regional technical assistance center funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The federal equity assistance centers were created to serve state departments of education, districts, and schools and help them address issues relating to race, gender, religion, and national origin (English Learners). As of 2016, MAEC’s region now encompasses 15 states and territories. Designated as Region I, the Center for Education Equity (CEE) at MAEC reaches Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virgin Islands, and West Virginia. MAEC also supports the Region II equity assistance center which stretches across the South. The Center work has led us to work on issues such as the identification and placement of English Learners in supportive and appropriate instructional environments; creating positive and safe schools; increasing participation of girls and students of color in STEM, and addressing disproportionality in discipline.