Lawrenceville, NJ – Today, brightbeam, a nonprofit network of education activists and umbrella organization for the platform known as Education Post, officially welcomes Laura Waters as Senior Writer and Editor. Many who’ve been following brightbeam will know Laura, who has worked closely with our team since 2015, editing and creating content for her own education platform, NJ Left Behind, and for the website New York School Talk.
Laura has become a go-to person in New Jersey for her education expertise and tireless advocacy for children and families underserved by the current education system. She has built a reputation for being a fearless truth teller, an excellent writer, and a clarion voice for exposing the hypocrisy and educational injustice in New Jersey and beyond.
In her role as senior writer and editor, she will continue her work on behalf of students and families in her home state of New Jersey as she continues to build out creates NJ Left Behind, but she’ll also step into a role where she’ll work behind-the-scenes to improve the quality and impact of content across brightbeam’s digital platforms, highlighting the voices and activism of families, students, and educators.
“We are so lucky to have Laura on our team. She’s immensely talented and dedicated to this work,” said brightbeam CEO Chris Stewart. “We look forward to seeing her influence grow even greater in the coming months and years as our organization grows right along with it.”
Prior to joining brightbeam, Laura served as a freelance writer and was president of her local school board for nine years. She’s the mother of four children, including a young man with Fragile X Syndrome who taught her what parent advocacy meant in the most intimate way.
“I’ve always felt like part of the brightbeam family — I’ve never encountered a team where our values are so aligned. I’m so happy to take on this new role full-time.” said Waters.
You can find more of Laura’s work at NJ Left Behind, Education Post, and New York School Talk.
Brightbeam is a nonprofit network of education activists demanding a better education and a brighter future for every child. Using the power of communications, we shine a light on communities that challenge decision-makers to provide the learning opportunities all children need to thrive. We help strong voices tell powerful stories that unite and move their communities to action. Brightbeam amplifies these stories through a variety of digital platforms, including Education Post, Citizen Ed, Project Forever Free, and more than 20 local and regional sites that spotlight education issues nationally. We also sponsor on-the-ground initiatives, projects or organizations that align with our mission.