Caitlin Hernandez is a senior program coordinator at EdRedesign and a recent Master’s in Human Development and Education graduate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is interested in creating an equitable education system for all children, especially those impacted by adverse life experiences and systemic inequity, by increasing the protective factors through a child-centered and family-focused holistic curriculum informed by research. Before her time at Harvard, she served as an academic specialist for young learners impacted by remote learning during COVID-19 through modification and adaption in the curriculum to promote students’ educational goals. Caitlin comes from a clinical social work background, receiving her Master’s in Social Work at the University of Southern California. Throughout her career, she has worked in direct services supporting individuals in various contexts locally and internationally, including public and independent schools, early education, youth programs, non-profits, human rights organizations, and out-of-school programs.
Her diverse experience taught her many things, but one of the biggest takeaways was learning about the many barriers individuals encounter when trying to access services. The concept of accessibility to services and resources has led Caitlin to use research to find creative ways to incorporate clinical interventions and social-emotional learning into the school curriculum in an accessible and easily implemented way to promote positive life and academic outcomes for children. She is very excited to help uphold community members' unique and individual strengths for a collaborative approach to student success as a part of the Success Planning team at EdRedesign.