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Dakarai I. Aarons

Education and Policy Manager

CommunicationWorks LLC

Direct Phone: (202) ***-**** ext. ***       

Email: d***@***.com

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CommunicationWorks LLC

2101 L Street NW Suite 800

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia 20037

United States

Company Description

CommunicationWorks, in partnership with 4Site Interactive Studios, developed a comprehensive website for the Making Waves Foundation. The CW/4Site team developed all aspects of the site, including video of key staff, leaders, and parents; much of the phot ... more

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Employment History

Staff Writer, Education Week

Leadership Directories Inc

Commercial Appeal Reporter and Vice President

Memphis Newspaper Guild

Staff Writer

Editorial Projects in Education

Education Reporter

The Commercial Appeal


The Washington Post Company

Reporter Intern

Dallas Morning News

Reporter Intern

Des Moines Register

Reporter Intern

Wisconsin State Journal


Board Member
Data Quality Campaign

Board Member
Education Writers Association

Committee Chairman
National Association of Black Journalists Inc

College of Journalism and Mass Communications' Professional Advisory Board
University of Nebraska-Lincoln


bachelor's degree

news-editorial journalism

University of Nebraska-Lincoln



University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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Awards | CommunicationWorks, LLC [cached]

Dakarai I. Aarons, education and policy manager, received first place for education reporting in 2008 and second place for best spot news story in 2007 (University of Tennesee-Tennessee Press Association). Aarons won the National Mark of Excellence Award for In-Depth Reporting in 2003; He also won a Green Eyeshade Award, third place for deadline reporting, in 2006 (Society of Professional Journalists). In 2003, a report written by CommunicationWorks for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Raising the Standard: A 15th Anniversary Celebration, was honored by Ed Press as one of four national finalists in its publications category. CW President Sheppard Ranbom won a national award from the Education Writers Association for his book-length series of articles about Japanese education.

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Dakarai Aarons Vice President (Community Members)

Dakarai I. Aarons is vice president of strategic communications for the Data Quality Campaign, where he leads the development and implementation of evidence-based, multi-platform strategic communications, internal knowledge management, and public engagement strategies designed to support DQC's mission to advance the effective use of education data to improve student achievement. He oversees a team of professionals responsible for digital strategy, media outreach, editorial strategy, opinion research, crisis communications, publications, and partner engagement.
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Dakarai I. Aarons Director, Communications and External Affairs Direct: 202-393-7192 Cell: 202-997-6519
Dakarai Aarons, director of communications and external affairs, joined the Data Quality Campaign in 2013 to promote the empowering role education data play in making instructional, management, and policy decisions. He leads efforts to develop and implement strategic communications, internal knowledge management, and external relations strategies designed to support DQC's mission.
Before joining DQC, Dakarai was director of education outreach and policy for CommunicationWorks, a leading national education public affairs firm, where he led award-winning messaging, outreach, and interactive projects for national and regional education organizations.
An award-winning former journalist, Dakarai worked as a staff writer for Education Week and The Commercial Appeal newspaper in Memphis, Tennessee. His work has also appeared in The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, The Des Moines Register, and The Dallas Morning News, among other publications.
Dakarai is a board member of the Education Writers Association and a former committee chairman of the National Association of Black Journalists. He also serves as coordinator of the Urban Journalism Workshop, a high school journalism program sponsored by the Washington Association of Black Journalists and The Washington Post. A native of Washington, DC, Dakarai earned a degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he serves on the College of Journalism and Mass Communications' professional advisory board.

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