Robert Croston

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

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

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…

By Robert Croston

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Posted June 6, 2016

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

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 July 21, 2017

Parents, Educators and Community Members Speak Out Against the NAACP’s Charter Moratorium

“All over the country, dedicated educators of color are leading charter schools that cultivate the minds of children too-often locked out of success in traditional public schools.”…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 20, 2017

Without the Office for Civil Rights, My High School Would Have Continued to Discriminate Against Students Like Me

You may have seen the news. On July 11, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos responded to a letter written by Senator Patty Murray, which questioned the…

By Elijah Armstrong

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Posted July 20, 2017

Thought Charter and District Schools Couldn’t Work Together? Newark Has Found a Way

It’s often noted that the original vision for charter schools, championed by legendary teachers’ union leader Al Shanker and others, was that they’d be “laboratories…

By Charles Sahm

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