Gwen Samuel

Gwen Samuel, Member of Education Post's Advisory Network

Founder and President, Connecticut Parents Union

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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…

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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 Apr. 17, 2017
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It’s Bigger Than Teaching, It’s Love: How KIPP Is Getting Students To and Through College

KIPP Through College addresses the seemingly small, often overlooked hardships that can derail low-income, first-generation college students.…

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017
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A Candid Convo With a Chicago Principal Who Says Black Boys Learn Best When Success Looks Like Them

Christopher Goins is the founding principal of Butler College Prep, a four-year-old charter high school on the far South Side of Chicago with a student…

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017
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This Parent-Friendly Tool for Checking School Grades Could Go National

Do your kids go to a good school? “Good” depends on who you ask, of course, but if you’re interested in knowing how well a…

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