Tracy Dell’Angela

Tracy

Education Blogger

Chicago, Illinois

Tracy is a writer, non-profit 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 Mar. 20, 2017
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It’s Common Sense: There Are No Great Schools Without Great Principals

Back in the day, when I was an education reporter and trying to figure out where to find the school…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Mar. 17, 2017
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Forget Your Nostalgia for White Picket Fences, Suburban Schools Need to Accept the New Reality

There’s a myth that persists in education for both parents and teachers: That heading to suburban schools somehow insulates you from…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Mar. 3, 2017
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Analyzing High School Performance State-by-State Is Like Comparing Bananas to Bowling Balls

I know we’re all supposed to be on the “local control” bandwagon when it comes to setting school accountability standards,…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Dec. 8, 2016
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Our High Schools Can’t Afford To Ignore These Mediocre PISA Scores

I recently spoke to a handful of young women at a high school in North Carolina who had taken an…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Nov. 4, 2016
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Yes, I am a Suburban White Mom and I Did Just Go There With Race and Charter Schools

In his latest burst of fragging, conservative school reformer Robert Pondiscio recently argued that social justice-minded school reformers have only…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Oct. 27, 2016
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Here We Go Again: White Privileged Suburbs Deciding What’s Best for Black and Brown Children

There’s something depressingly familiar about the privileged pushback we’re seeing in Massachusetts around the ballot measure to lift the cap…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Oct. 13, 2016
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If We Value Great Schools, We Need Strong Teachers. President Obama’s New Teacher Prep Reforms Can Do Just That.

If we value great schools, we need strong teachers. But far too many teacher preparation programs are not producing them.…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Oct. 12, 2016
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Hey Parents, Common Core Is Working Despite All the Fuss About Fuzzy Math

I know from experience that parents generally don’t tune into news about state test results until they get that personalized…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Oct. 4, 2016
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How Florida Is Setting Students Up for Failure By Not Mandating Remedial Courses

Another research organization took a fresh look at the issue of remedial education, confirming once again that yes, our nation’s college…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Sep. 14, 2016
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To Hell With the Naysayers, I’m Rooting for Anyone Who Wants to #RethinkHighSchool

A decade ago, I reported on the first graduation ceremony at Chicago’s Spry Community Links High School, which I described…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted Apr. 24, 2017
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I Was Born in a Refugee Camp in Kenya and Now I’ll Be the First in My Family to Attend College

This post is part of a series of posts celebrating students who are making it to and through college with the support of the KIPP…

By Hawo Ibrahim

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017
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A Candid Convo With a Chicago Principal Who Says Black Boys Learn Best When Success Looks Like Them

Christopher Goins is the founding principal of Butler College Prep, a four-year-old charter high school on the far South Side of Chicago with a student…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Apr. 28, 2017
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Netflix Series ‘13 Reasons Why’ Has Parents, Mental Health Experts and Educators Worried

The Netflix breakout show “13 Reasons Why” has been praised for its binge-worthy, dramatic storytelling. But mental health experts warn that its thrilling narrative devices…

By Erika Sanzi

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