Reed Swier

Senior Equity Associate, IESC

Reed Swier is a Michigan native who has taught for 10 years in elementary schools in California and New York. As the Director of School Culture and Family Engagement at East Harlem Scholars Academy, Reed supported staff, students and families by promoting culturally responsive teaching and developing a school culture philosophy and practice imbedded in restorative approaches. Most recently, Reed spent 7 months in Scotland as a Fulbright Scholar, participating in the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching program. In Scotland, Reed worked with local educators and University of Edinburgh students and faculty around issues of racial identity, whiteness and restorative practices. During this time, he carried out an inquiry project, creating a handbook for educators titled: Starting with Self: A Restorative Approach to Engaging with School Communities. Reed holds a B.A. in Sociology and Spanish from the University of Michigan, an M.S. in Teaching grades 1-6 from Pace University and an M.Ed in Learning and Teaching from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.