Brandi Watts

Illinois Educator Partnerships Director
Stand for Children

Brandi began her career as a special education inclusion teacher, supporting students with profound learning and emotional challenges and later taught college preparatory courses to students who would be the first in their families to graduate from high school and attend college. Drawing on her 10 years of classroom experience, Brandi then became an instructional coach and academic facilitator for schools undergoing critical academic and cultural transformations. Now with Stand for Children, Brandi has worked with the Texas and Illinois teams. In Texas, she helped build Home Visit Partnerships, one of the largest family engagement programs in the state. In Illinois, she plays an integral role in making kindness more commonplace across Chicago schools by designing and implementing Ready for Kindness, a professional development primer for Teach Kindness, a suite of best-in-class SEL content for PK-8 schools. Brandi holds a DiversityFIRST certification from the National Diversity Council.

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