Tracy Dell’Angela

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Tracy Dell’Angela is a writer, education nonprofit executive director and a mom passionate about education improvements. Previously, Tracy was Director of Outreach and Communications for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. She came to IES from the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, which produces research that drives improvement in Chicago and nationwide. She also served as Senior Project Director for 100Kin10 at the University of Chicago and was Director of Program Investments and Partnerships for the Chicago Public Education Fund. Tracy spent most of her career as an award-winning newspaper journalist, including 12 years at the Chicago Tribune as an education reporter covering national policy and the Chicago Public Schools.

A Californian by birth but a Chicagoan in spirit, Tracy attended University of Chicago as a master’s student in social sciences and earned a B.A. in journalism and political science from San Diego State University.

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Posted June 1, 2018

Chicago’s Students Are Standing Still on Test Scores But That’s Good News

Sometimes no progress represents real progress, especially when you’re talking about an urban school district roiled by financial woes and…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted May 21, 2018

Want to Stop the ‘Summer Slide’? Convince Kids Summer Learning Can Be Fun.

We figured it would be a breeze recruiting families for our summer program. We hired creative, experienced, rock star teachers…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Apr. 23, 2018

No Child Left Behind Had a Lot of Problems But I Miss the Days When We Cared About How All Kids Did in School

Once upon a time, well-heeled suburban schools used to have to worry about whether all their students made the grade—not…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Mar. 26, 2018

Illinois’ Race for Governor Is a Competition on Who Can Be the Most Silent on Education

Here in Illinois our governor will either be a Democratic billionaire businessman philanthropist or a Republican multi-millionaire businessman philanthropist. Both…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Mar. 22, 2018

States Won’t Hold Schools Accountable, That’s Your Job, Betsy

Of all the boneheaded things Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said during her disastrous “60 Minutes” interview, the one comment that…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Mar. 5, 2018

This Teacher With a White Nationalist Podcast Is Outrageous But She’s Not Alone

Two days after a Florida middle school teacher named Dayanna Volitich was outed as this White nationalist podcaster, the teacher…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Mar. 1, 2018

Why Is the Guy Running for Local Office Bashing Charters When the Job He Wants Doesn’t Touch Them?

It’s Saturday afternoon, I’m cleaning my kitchen, and the teacher’s union leader is knocking on my door. He’s running for…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Feb. 20, 2018

The Struggle to Find the Perfect Standardized Test Is Real

So it looks like the standardized test known as Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Feb. 1, 2018

Aren’t Colleges Supposed to Help You Find a Good Job?

As parents, we focus so much energy on making sure our kids are prepared for college, because we believe this…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Jan. 26, 2018

People Thought She Had Lost Her Mind But She Knew Home Schooling Was Right for Her Babies

I used to be one of those parents, someone who thought home schooling was a fringe movement, driven by overprotective…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted June 19, 2018

I Didn’t Want to Go to KIPP But Now I’m in College and I Totally Get It

It’s 5:45 a.m. on a Monday in mid-August. The year is 2006 and my mom is rapping on my bedroom door. “Julien! Time to get…

By Julien Broomfield

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Posted June 19, 2018

Teachers Shouldn’t Have to Wait Until Summer to Get Professional Development

The end of the school year is always my favorite time. With standardized assessments finished, it’s my time to finally breathe, slow down to reflect…

By Brian Lane Stanley

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Posted June 18, 2018

School Shootings Aren’t the Only Things School Police Officers Need to Train For

In light of recent school shootings, one of the proposed solutions has been to put more school police officers in schools. In the last 30…

By Zachary Wright 

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