Chris Stewart


Director of Outreach and External Affairs
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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.


Posted Oct. 5, 2016

Striking Is the Most Morally Broke and Opposite-of-Woke Thing Chicago Teachers Could Do

Here we are again. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has voted to go nuclear and strike in an attempt to…

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Posted Sep. 2, 2016

Teachers Unions Must Stop Standing With Republicans Against Closing the Equity ‘Loophole’ in Title I Funding

The Obama administration is trying to end a longstanding bit of systemic inequity in the public schools, but his officials are…

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Posted July 12, 2016

School Reformers Cannot Ignore the Life and Death Issues Black People in America Face

In recent months, notable people within school reform circles have locked horns over a trifling question: Does the inclusion of…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted July 8, 2016

What’s So Hard About Telling Me How My Kid Is Doing in School?

Everyone agrees and research confirms that actively engaged parents produce more successful students. Nevertheless, school systems often conspire to deny…

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Posted Apr. 21, 2016

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…

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Posted Jan. 8, 2016

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…

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Posted Dec. 11, 2015

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…

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Posted Dec. 1, 2015

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…

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Posted Nov. 12, 2015

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

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…

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Posted Oct. 19, 2016

Before You Get Rid of ‘No Excuses’ Discipline, Hear Me Out

I’m concerned about the growing backlash against what are referred to as “no excuses” schools. Too often, critics depict overly-rigid approaches to discipline that pave…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Oct. 20, 2016

Our Schools Need Social Justice Warriors, Not Status-Quo Embracers

As we dive head first into this school year, I urge teachers, parents and leaders to think deeply about the mission of schooling and the…

By LeeAndra Khan

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Posted Oct. 18, 2016

I’m A First-Generation Latina at UC Berkeley and I Thought I Wouldn’t Make It

Since my first visit in the third grade, I dreamed of attending University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley). During my senior year of high school,…

By Daniela Felix

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