Background: Hailly T.N. Korman is a senior associate partner at Bellwether Education Partners on the Policy and Evaluation team. She joined the organization in January 2016 and focuses on the intersections between schools and other child-serving systems. Hailly supports schools and their public agency partners as they work to craft practices that significantly improve outcomes for system-involved students, and she advocates for reforms that mitigate the institutional obstacles to providing high-quality education services to youth, particularly those served in institutional settings.
Prior to joining Bellwether, Hailly was director of special projects at the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings, where she provided direct support to an emerging cohort of reform-minded education and youth justice system leaders across the country. Previously, she was an attorney at Morrison & Foerster LLP, where she served as pro bono counsel in Reed v. State of California, representing student plaintiffs at underperforming Los Angeles public schools challenging the constitutionality of strict reverse-seniority layoffs. In 2010, she received both Public Counsel’s Impact Litigation Award and the ACLU’s Social Justice Award for her work on that case. Before law school, Hailly spent nine years teaching primary grades; she also has taught an undergraduate seminar at UCLA on education policy and politics and a “know your rights” course at a local alternative high school.
Hailly is a graduate of Brandeis University with a major in politics and minors in legal studies and education. She also holds a JD from UCLA School of Law, where she was a member of the Public Interest and Critical Race Studies programs and the Collegium of University Teaching Fellows. She is also an alumna of Education Pioneers (LA ’08) and Teach For America (LA ’02).
Why I do this work: The intersection of education and the justice system is a deeply personal place for me and for far too many communities in this country. We are facing a national crisis, and I do this work with the hope that one day, I will put myself out of a job. Helping young people to find a life trajectory that allows them to choose their future is the work of education; doing that for those students who need our best most of all is nothing short of liberation.