Gwen Samuel

Gwen Samuel, Member of Education Post's Advisory Network

Member, Advisory Network
Founder and President
Connecticut Parents Union

Gwen Samuel is the founder and president of the Connecticut Parents Union. She is an advocate for the educational rights of all children to ensure that race, zip code and socio-economic status are not predictors of student success. A parent of two children in Connecticut Public Schools, she also is the founder of two volunteer organizations in Connecticut—State of Black CT Alliance and Meriden Kids Walk Safe Coalition: A Safe Routes to School Initiative. Ms. Samuel, along with other parents and educational advocates, successfully introduced the state’s “Parent Trigger” law, in the form of School Governance Councils, which allows parents to make recommendations that support turning around systemically low-performing schools.

In recognition of her work, Parenting magazine selected Ms. Samuel as one of 51 mothers nationwide to represent Connecticut at the inaugural Mom Congress on Education and Learning Conference in Washington, D.C.

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Posted Oct. 20, 2016
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Black Parents Don’t Have Time for a Charter vs. Traditional Schools Debate

Black parents have enough to worry about just by virtue of having a Black child. We worry about our Black…

By Gwen Samuel

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Posted Dec. 22, 2015
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VIDEO: Guns Down, Books Up

The message is very clear: Pick up a book and stop the violence.…

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Posted June 30, 2015
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Creating Teachable Moments Around Racism

We refuse to acknowledge that racism and classism are woven throughout every institution within our country, even within policies that…

By Gwen Samuel

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Posted Feb. 23, 2015
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Teachers Unions Should Listen to Parents, Not Marketing Firms

Solutions for parents to public education’s many inequities require real talk in real time. But you won’t find real talk…

By Gwen Samuel

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Posted Jan. 23, 2017
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How Parents Benefit From School Accountability

If you’re a parent like me, at the start of each school year you eagerly learn all about the course content your child will study,…

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Posted Jan. 23, 2017
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Twinkies, Teachers and Cash: How Teacher Pensions Are Funding the Demise of Labor Unions

Teacher pension funds have a lot of money, and they have to find productive places to invest it. The California teacher pension fund (CalSTRS) alone…

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Posted Jan. 19, 2017
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I’m a Parent Fighting for My Children to Succeed

A parent first. That’s who I am, how I identify myself. My children are my pride, my joy and my contribution to the greater good.…

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