Kristina Ishmael is an educator, learner, thought leader, advocate, and agent of change. After her work in the classroom and at the state, she found herself in the nation’s capital working on education policy around instructional materials in the perfect culmination of her commitment to removing roadblocks for student access to resources and providing professional learning for educators. She is the Senior Project Manager of Teaching, Learning, and Tech for the Education Policy Program at New America where she supports states, districts, and educators rethinking the role of instructional materials to create deeper learning opportunities for students. She previously served as the K-12 Open Education Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology, Digital Learning Specialist for the Nebraska Department of Education, and a teacher to elementary ELL students in Omaha, Nebraska. Kristina is passionate about changing teaching and learning to provide equitable access and opportunities to all learners.