Michael Vaughn

Staff

Director of Communications, Education Post

Denver, Colorado

Michael Vaughn joined Education Post as Director of Communications after working for 18 years in the communications offices of two urban school districts. He worked with the leadership teams of Paul Vallas and Arne Duncan in the Chicago Public Schools from the time Mayor Richard M. Daley took control of CPS to Duncan’s appointment as U.S. Secretary of Education. For the past five years, Mike served as the Chief Communications Officer for the Denver Public Schools, the nation’s fastest-growing urban school district in enrollment and a national leader in the areas of school choice and teacher recruitment and development.

Mike has a communications degree from Marquette University, and before his career in public education, he ran a string of community newspapers in suburban Chicago. He is married to Cheryl, a surgical nurse at the University of Colorado Hospital, and they have two daughters and two sons in public elementary, middle and high schools in suburban Denver.

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Posted May 24, 2017

Coffee Break: Andrew Schmitz on the 5Essentials, What Makes School Work for Kids and Exploring Chicago’s 77

The Urban Education Institute at the University of Chicago has been a long-standing partner in education reform for city school districts…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s Some Suggested Reading for Our Trash-Talking Secretary of Education

You hear a lot these days—especially in the Trump era—about how broken, antiquated and just generally messed up public education…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted May 3, 2017

Coffee Break: Christopher Ruszkowski on the Coffee Shop ‘Post-up,’ the Immigrant Experience and Dinkytown Pierogies

Christopher Ruszkowski has just about a coast-to-coast education reform resume, with stops in Delaware, Louisiana and the Bay Area. He’s…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Apr. 19, 2017

Coffee Break: Tom Rademacher on His New Book, the Moment He Wanted to Teach and Getting Hit by a Deer

“Mr. Rademacher will do anything in his power to help his students succeed.” One of Tom Rademacher’s students wrote that…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Apr. 5, 2017

Coffee Break: D.C. Principal Arthur Mola on Mucho Cafe, Helping Kids Chase Their Dreams and Channeling Frederick Douglass

In any endeavor, great leadership can make all the difference. In public education, that’s been getting some renewed attention lately.…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Mar. 31, 2017

Betsy DeVos Doesn’t Do Herself Any Favors By Attacking Denver

New U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos faces an uphill battle to sell her voucher-heavy, uber-market brand of school choice to…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Mar. 8, 2017

Coffee Break: Tulsa’s Talia Shaull on Peruvian Coffee, Developing Talented Teachers and Embracing Innovation

Putting the best talent in front of students in every classroom is among the toughest and most important challenges in…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Mar. 7, 2017

Statement From Peter Cunningham On Effort to Repeal ESSA Regulations

Below is a statement from Education Post Executive Director Peter Cunningham on the possibility of a Congressional repeal of ESSA…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Feb. 8, 2017

Coffee Break: Denver Refugee Student Zahra Abdulameer on the Power of Inclusivity and Diversity

Zahra Abdulameer and her family came to Denver in 2009 from Iraq. She’s one of many refugee students who attend…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Feb. 8, 2017

I’m a Liberal But Here’s Why I’m Open-Minded About Vouchers

I have a confession to make: I’m not against vouchers. I’m not entirely for them, either. But I am open-minded. …

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted May 23, 2017

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Posted May 23, 2017

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By Michael Vaughn

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