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Posted May 26, 2017

Sometimes Your Kids Can Be What It Takes to Go Back to School for the Third Time and Graduate

Like many first-generation college Latinx students, Priscila González struggled through her freshman and sophomore years at Chicago State University. She struggled with managing time, learning…

By Claudia Alvidrez

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Posted May 26, 2017

I’m a Confident, Straight-A College Student But I Wouldn’t Be Here If It Wasn’t for This Community

My involvement in OneGoal over the past four years has taught me many lessons. However, the one that stands out most vividly to me is…

By Isabel Garcia

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Posted May 25, 2017

Only 6 Women Were in This College Class and One of Them Was My Mom

In September of 1955, Gertrude Mary Long, better known as Gigi, started her freshman year of college at Lowell Technical Institute in Lowell, Massachusetts. (That’s…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 24, 2017

Coffee Break: Andrew Schmitz on the 5Essentials, What Makes School Work for Kids and Exploring Chicago’s 77

The Urban Education Institute at the University of Chicago has been a long-standing partner in education reform for city school districts across the country. Andrew Schmitz is…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted May 24, 2017

When Paying Rent Is So Stressful That You Get Evicted, Arrested and Drop Out

During my senior year of high school, college was a subject I didn’t like to talk about. I knew I didn’t want to go, but…

By Kalil Warner

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Posted May 24, 2017

I Made Every Phone Call, Sent Every Email, Text and Tweet So My Student Could Attend the College of Her Dreams

For two years in my English class, we had talked about her dreams of becoming an intelligence analyst at the CIA. Unlike some students, this…

By Anna Baldwin

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Posted May 23, 2017

Founders, Eggs and Fists: How the NewSchools Summit Proved That the Fight Over Education Is Spiritual

When the NewSchools Summit in San Francisco ended last week, Black attendees were asking me what I would write about it. They were curious because…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted May 19, 2017

A Letter to Betsy DeVos About My Student Loans

Dear Secretary DeVos, You and I have a lot in common. We’re both from the great state of Michigan and have the same Michigan accent.…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted May 19, 2017

You Don’t Know a School Until You Know Its Community: Lessons From a Charter School Principal

As administrators, teachers, or any other sort of “expert” in education, we can often come into school communities thinking we know the answers, that we…

By Nikki Grier

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Posted May 18, 2017

Every Time I Walk by That House I Remember What It Means to Be a Survivor

Most mornings when I walk my 5 year old to school there is a street I avoid walking down. But the other day I forced…

By Keri Rodriguez Lorenzo

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Posted May 24, 2017

I Made Every Phone Call, Sent Every Email, Text and Tweet So My Student Could Attend the College of Her Dreams

For two years in my English class, we had talked about her dreams of becoming an intelligence analyst at the CIA. Unlike some students, this…

By Anna Baldwin

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Posted May 24, 2017

When Paying Rent Is So Stressful That You Get Evicted, Arrested and Drop Out

During my senior year of high school, college was a subject I didn’t like to talk about. I knew I didn’t want to go, but…

By Kalil Warner

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Posted May 25, 2017

A Principal Helping Kids to Be the First in Their Family to Go to College, Just Like He Was

First-generation college student Vincent Gay started his journey on a wrestling scholarship at Edinboro University, near Erie, Pennsylvania. Early on, he got into such difficulty…

By Maureen Kelleher

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