Robert Croston

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Guest Blogger

Principal, Jenner Academy of the Arts

Chicago, Illinois

Robert Croston is a Chicago Public Schools principal at Jenner Academy of the Arts and a youth leader at his local church. He started his teaching career as a Teach For America fellow at a Chicago charter school. He graduated  from Marquette University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and social philosophy, and earned a master’s degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s School Leadership Program.

He lives on the South Side of Chicago with his wife, Sheena.

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Posted July 22, 2016
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Why Educators Should Serve at the Forefront of #BlackLivesMatter

As a principal, I believe educators must stand together and continue to fight for equal access to opportunity for our…

By Robert Croston

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Posted July 1, 2016
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What to the Chicago Principal Is the Fourth of July?

It’s time for the Fourth of July! A time for cook outs, pool parties, and family but to me it’s…

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Posted June 6, 2016
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Why the Lack of Black Male Educators Isn’t Just a Problem for Black Students

Lately, there has been a clarion call to increase the percentage of Black male teachers in American public schools. Currently,…

By Robert Croston

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Posted Mar. 4, 2016
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I Am the Principal of That Low-Income Chicago School That Could Merge With the Richer School Down the Street

In commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 87th birthday, two schools located on the opposite sides of the tracks…

By Robert Croston

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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When the Only Real Choice Is Private: My Unlikely Attraction to School Vouchers

I felt that the free education my daughter was getting was just too expensive. I needed to find a school that would start filling her academic gaps while also providing culturally responsive pedagogy.…

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017
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Public Dollars Should Pay for Public Schools: That’s Why I Support High-Quality Charter Schools and Not Vouchers

We live in a free country and a parent should have the right to opt out of the public school system. But that parent does not have a right to take with them a proportional share of public education dollars any more than a pacifist can extract his share of defense spending. …

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Posted Mar. 21, 2017
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You Want Parents? This Is What It’s Going to Take to Empower Them in the Fight for Better Schools

Parent organizing ain’t easy. Many organizations have tried to organize parents and communities and have failed. We end up yelling at parents, “Parent involvement is…

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