Chris Stewart

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Director of Outreach and External Affairs
Education Post
cstewart@educationpost.org
M (320) 292-6993

Chris Stewart is Director of Outreach and External Affairs. Before that, Chris Stewart was Executive Director of the African American Leadership Forum (AALF), a cross-sector network of black leaders working to develop and implement an urban policy agenda across five northwest states. In 2007 Chris was elected to the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education. In that role, he helped establish the Office of New Schools, an area of the Minneapolis Public Schools to implement school reform strategies. At the same time he created the Equity and Achievement Committee, authored a board-level “Covenant with the African American Community,” and advocated safe, orderly, and rigorous schools that prepare students for the real world.

In 2011, Chris organized community members for two campaigns in Minnesota: Action For Equity, a grassroots effort to spur innovation in family and education policy at the state level, and the Contract for Student Achievement, a coalition of community organizations working to achieve greater flexibility for underperforming schools through changes to Minneapolis’ teachers’ contract. Since 2009 Chris has been President and Principal with Yielding Assets, LLC, a grassroots consultancy helping government, nonprofit, and foundation clients create self-sustaining, social good projects.

Chris serves as chair of the board of SFER’s Action Network and also serves on the board of Ed Navigators.

Chris blogs and tweets under the name Citizen Stewart and publishes at Citizen Ed. He is based in Minneapolis.

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Posted Apr. 21, 2016
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VIDEO: Everybody Talks About Student Voice, But David Johns Walks the Talk

When history assesses the Obama presidency one thing will eventually be unmistakable: He filled his administration with exceptional, but understated…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Jan. 8, 2016
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Can I Get a President Who Will Fight for Better Schools?

There almost seems to be a bipartisan conspiracy to make this year’s headline for presidential candidates “no standards, no choice…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Dec. 11, 2015
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Black Children Won’t Succeed With Less Accountability in Public Education

America’s first black president has signed the Every Child Succeeds Act legislation that many see as a partial retreat on…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Dec. 1, 2015
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Misunderstanding Rosa Parks and the Meaning of Integration

Sixty years ago today, Rosa Parks got on a city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, and made history by sitting where…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Nov. 12, 2015
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In the Case of Dropout Nation vs. Moskowitz, I Side With the Parents

I didn’t know much about Success Academy until seeing the movie “The Lottery.” Out of the several school reform movies I love, this…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Oct. 16, 2015
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Can We Finally Drop the Idea That Black Parents Don’t Care About Education?

One of the most weathered claims about black parents is that we are not as involved as we need to be for…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Aug. 28, 2015
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President Obama Touts Progress in New Orleans

As I walked through New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward, I saw residents standing on street corners stretching several blocks, anticipating…

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Posted Aug. 18, 2015
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Balancing Results and Relationships in NOLA Charter Schools

This summer, Chris Stewart spent a month in his hometown of New Orleans, where he spoke to the city’s parents,…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Aug. 17, 2015
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Here’s My Hope for the Next Black Teachers of New Orleans

Spend five minutes asking people in New Orleans about the public schools and someone will reference the firing of 7,000 veteran…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Aug. 13, 2015
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Rethinking Education in New Orleans: A Principal Charters a New Course

This summer, Chris Stewart spent a month in his hometown of New Orleans, where he spoke to the city’s parents,…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted May 26, 2016
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An Open Letter to White Conservative Education Reformers

Dear White Conservative Education Reformers, I am an African-American teacher in the ’hood and I come in peace. I want to thank you for the…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted May 26, 2016
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From ‘Great Migration’ to ‘First Generation’

My grandparents traveled from Mississippi to Chicago during the Great Migration. My grandfather, Robert Thompson, was a hard worker who took a job at a…

By Tanikia Carpenter

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Posted May 24, 2016
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Here’s How We ‘Make America Great Again’: Support First-Generation College Students

Rumor has it that someone wants to make America great again. Unfortunately, our country wasn’t always great—many citizens were not seen, heard or valued. My…

By Chastity Lord

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