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Develop the Plan

Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.

—PABLO PICASSO, Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, stage designer, poet, and playwright

So what’s the plan for organizing the teacher testing in Atlanta?” my boss, Alison Banks (then managing director of admissions for Teach For America), asked me. The year was 2006, and I was working with Teach For America’s admissions team to organize the teacher certification testing process for new corps members across the United States.

“Um, I’m going to ask Dena to coordinate the testing in Atlanta, since I’ll be working in Houston at that point,” ...

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