Beth Swanson

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Vice President of Strategy and Programs, Joyce Foundation

Chicago, Illinois

Beth Swanson is Vice President of Strategy and Programs at the Joyce Foundation. She was at the center of Chicago’s successful effort to lift student achievement as a top deputy to former CPS CEO Arne Duncan and as Deputy for Education in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first term, and was recently appointed to the board of City Colleges of Chicago.

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Posted Oct. 10, 2017

From Last to Leading: How Chicago Public Schools Made the Leap

Thirty years after being labeled the worst school district in the nation and after two decades of fiscal crisis, Chicago…

By Beth Swanson

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Posted June 21, 2018

After 14 Years of Teaching, I’m Packing Up Room 103 for the Last Time

It’s June. The classroom walls are bare. The grit outlined empty spaces left behind by charts, posters, reading lists and student work jut out starkly…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted June 21, 2018

How New Mexico Is Becoming a Quiet Leader in the Education Reform Movement

While much of the education reform world was convening in Austin for the annual charter schools conference this week, I snuck off to Albuquerque for…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted June 20, 2018

A Thank You to The Parents, Students and Teachers Who Dare to Demand Better From Our Public Schools

As we come to the end of another school year, I’ve been thinking a great deal about the teachers and parents who have dared to…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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