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How Policy Shapes the Education Landscape

How do recent educational policies at the national, state, and city levels empower or constrain the public education system?

In this session, you will be empowered to consider how policies might positively or negatively affect student outcomes and achievement.

Communities Foundation of Texas
5500 Caruth Haven Ln, Dallas, TX 75225
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Oct 27, 2023 09:00am - Oct 27, 2023 10:30am

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Kate Greer, Commit Partnership

Kate Greer is the Managing Director of Policy & State Coalitions at the Commit Partnership. Since joining Commit in 2018, Kate has spearheaded policy and advocacy efforts to ensure Texas’ education policy landscape is data-driven and improves student outcomes. She has been instrumental in statewide advocacy efforts that helped secure both PK-12 and community college finance reform, resulting in more than $8 billion in new state funding for schools. 

Prior to Commit, Kate worked at the Oklahoma statehouse as a press secretary and reported on criminal justice and incarceration in Oklahoma for local and national NPR affiliates. 

Nathan Johnson, Texas State Senate

State Senator Nathan Johnson represents almost a million people in Texas’s Senate District 16, a commercially and culturally vibrant district that sprawls throughout Dallas County. He is a leading voice on the electrical grid, healthcare, governmental transparency, and criminal justice.

As a member of the Senate Committee on Business & Commerce, Johnson played a crucial role in the 88th session’s legislation to address the sufficiency, sustainability, and resiliency of Texas’s power generation and distribution systems. He also serves on the Senate Committees on Jurisprudence (Vice Chair); Water, Agriculture & Rural Affairs; and Administration.

In the most recent legislative session, Johnson authored over 150 bills, joint-authored or

sponsored nearly 100 more, and sent 49 of them to the Governor’s desk for signature. Aiming

to ensure that Texans never again lose critical services due to power failure, Johnson devised

and secured nearly $2B for the development and deployment of backup power systems for

essential community services throughout the state.

Sonia Loskot, Dallas ISD

Sonia Loskot was appointed as Executive Director of Thomas Jefferson Vertical Team on January 2023 after serving as Principal of David G. Burnet Elementary in Dallas ISD in 2014 and serving in many capacities since 2002.


In 2015-2017, Loskot and her team were accepted in Teaching Trust Executive Ed. Program leading strong systems on cultural, instructional, data-driven and team effectiveness and 2016-2018 Principal Impact Collaborative implementing Human Center Design Process. In 2019, she joined the Cahn Fellows for Distinguished Principals at Columbia University doing action research on Trauma and Equity. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Policy in the Cooperative Superintendency Program at the University of Texas in Austin. The school has been recipient of OutTeach Garden, Leader in Me Lighthouse School, STEM, Children’s Health School-Based Telehealth Program and 2018 and 2019 Gold Ribbon in North Texas.  


Loskot grew up in Belize, received her BBA from Valdosta State University in Georgia and MEDL from Texas Woman’s University. She was awarded 2017 “Principal of the Year” Feeder Pattern Winner and 2018 and 2019 Master Principal. In summer 2020 she started her doctoral journey at UT Austin and now is a doctoral candidate completing her dissertation in Trauma-Informed Care and Mindfulness Culture in Low-Income Schools.


Serving on advisory teams, educational boards, and task forces in partnership organizations, Loskot strives for the whole child and to empower everyone through social and emotional concentration that support equitable well-rounded education.