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Posted Nov. 2, 2017

Chicago Isn’t Atlanta—Our Student Learning Gains Are Real and Lead the Nation

About a year ago, Stanford researcher Sean Reardon was digging deep into a 300-million-piece database he created, containing five years’…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 2, 2017

For This Chicago Public Schools Graduate, It’s the Teachers Who Made the Difference

This morning, academics and civic leaders gathered in Chicago to dig in on research that shows Chicago’s public schools have…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 2, 2017

Coffee Break: Sarah Duncan on How Chicago Is Solving the Dropout Problem

In a recent speech to the Council of Great City Schools, Bill Gates singled out Chicago’s Network for College Success…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 31, 2017

Just Because You Don’t Have Papers Doesn’t Mean Your Dreams Stop at High School

Way back in 2004, long before the Obama administration implemented Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), I studied Spanish with…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 30, 2017

This Chicago Program Is Making Sure Families Know Their School Options

When we policy wonks talk about school choice, mostly we talk about big-picture ways to make choice more available, like…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 19, 2017

This Is What It’s Gonna Take to Get More Chicago Kids All the Way to College Graduation

New studies on college enrollment and completion in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) show signs of progress. But there’s work yet…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 18, 2017

Hey, Rick Hess, Know Your History on White Supremacy

Last week, Rick Hess lambasted not only the Harvard protesters who greeted Betsy DeVos with a banner reading “White Supremacist,”…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 17, 2017

I Became a Principal to Make School a Place Where Students Wanted to Be

As a youngster, LeViis Haney wasn’t the greatest student. In a recent blog for Education Week, he shares his struggle…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 13, 2017

Here’s How Today’s Schools Can Evolve to Prepare Kids for the Jobs of Tomorrow

The key three factors most likely to change the nature of future work are: artificial intelligence/robots, demographic changes and concentration…

By Chyrise Harris, Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 3, 2017

Here’s What Eva Moskowitz Expects From Principals and Teachers

It seems like everybody has been talking about Eva Moskowitz’s new memoir, “The Education of Eva Moskowitz.” But what fascinates…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

When I Set Up My Classroom Now I Only Think About Which Bookshelf Can Stop a Bullet

BY BRETT BIGHAM, 2014 OREGON STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: I don’t know a teacher who has not looked at the faces of Sandy Hook and wondered, “What if?”…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

Black Panther Proves That Our Kids Need More Black Superheroes, Both on the Screen and in the Classroom

I am looking forward to the premiere of “Black Panther” with the same excitement I bring to planning my birthday month. (Yes, I said month.)…

By Kenya Bradshaw

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I Know White Teachers Can Be Biased Against Kids of Color Because I Was

I changed schools in the middle of the first grade because my teacher was a racist. “She told you that you’re smarter than your classmate…

By Sydney Chaffee

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