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Nora Fleming

Senior Editor

Nora Fleming has 15 years of experience in the media, writing and communications fields. As a senior editor at Edutopia, Nora develops ideas for stories and multimedia content, writes and edits articles, and manages a bank of national writers. Before arriving at Edutopia, Nora was the editorial director at Fenton, a social change communications firm, where she worked across the agency managing content and multimedia projects for leading foundations, nonprofits, and advocacy organizations. Previously, she served as a reporter at Education Week, the leading national news publication on K-12 education policy, and as an editorial manager on a winning California State Senate campaign. She has also held positions as a development and communications manager for children’s policy nonprofit, an education beat reporter in Los Angeles, and a communications and marketing associate for small business. After her undergraduate studies, Nora served in AmeriCorps as a college counselor at a low-income middle school in East L.A.

Nora holds a master's degree from George Washington University in Media and Public Affairs with a concentration in Education Policy. She earned her bachelor's degree, with double major in Journalism and American Studies from Emory University in Atlanta, where she worked for a local publication and as the photography editor of her college newspaper.


  • School Leadership

    What Summer Schools Learned About the Challenges of Reopening

    Across the country, forward-looking districts used summer school to anticipate—and try to solve—some of the issues they’d inevitably face when schools reopened.
  • School Leadership

    In California, Some Schools Reopen for Vulnerable Students

    In one county in California, alternative education and special education students are starting to return to school with new heightened health protocols.
  • Education Equity

    In Rural and Urban Communities, Kids Still Struggle to Get Online

    Two teachers, one urban, one rural, reflect on what the divide looks like in their communities, and what they’re doing to help bridge the gap.
  • Differentiated Instruction

    Why Are Some Kids Thriving During Remote Learning?

    Though remote learning has brought many challenges, some students seem to be thriving in the new circumstances. What can we learn from them?
  • Teacher Wellness

    Curbing Teacher Burnout During the Pandemic

    Teachers are adapting to a host of exhausting new challenges during the coronavirus. We asked educators and other experts for strategies to help address this new form of burnout.
  • Special Education

    New Strategies in Special Education as Kids Learn From Home

    In special education, teachers say that schedules, sensory supports, and close collaboration with families can help smooth the transition to remote learning.
  • School Leadership

    4 Ways to Celebrate High School Graduation This Year

    With coronavirus school closures extending into the fall, districts are coming up with clever alternatives to give seniors the graduation ceremony they deserve.
  • Family Engagement

    DIY Ways to Meet a Child's Sensory Needs at Home

    Occupational therapists and trauma-informed teachers weigh in on how to create sensory tools and spaces with what you have at home.
  • School Leadership

    A Public School Makes the Case for ‘Montessori for All’

    A Title I public school in rural South Carolina is proving that Montessori education can work well anywhere.
  • Mental Health

    There’s an App for That—School Counseling and SEL Go Online

    From virtual counseling to wellness apps, school districts are increasingly turning to “telehealth” to meet students’ mental health needs during the pandemic.
  • Collaborative Learning

    Designing a Public School From Scratch

    On a mission to reimagine traditional schooling, a K–8 school in San Diego puts teachers and students at the center.
  • Mental Health

    Students Can Now Miss School for a ‘Mental Health Day’

    Driven by high rates of youth suicide and depression, some states are now providing the legal backing for students to take a ‘mental health day.’
  • Early Childhood Education

    ‘Not Just Tummy Time’: A Preschool Professionalizes ECE

    Part of a national network of preschools, Educare New Orleans uses a holistic approach to teaching and learning to ensure that every child is ready for kindergarten.
  • Learning Environments

    A ‘University’ Model for High School

    In small-town Wisconsin, four schools cluster on one campus, fostering a culture of experimentation and self-directed learning for both students and teachers.
  • Culturally Responsive Teaching

    Why Diverse Classroom Libraries Matter

    At a school in Oakland, California, students see themselves—and the broader world—in the books they read.

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