Breakthrough Schools

Posted Oct. 27, 2016

No, Students of Color Are Not ‘Aggressive’ or ‘Scary.’ Here’s How You Can Check Your Biases at the Door.

No one believes White teachers seek out jobs in urban schools with the intent of harming students and offending their families. Most are enthusiastic and…

By Danae Brown

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Posted June 29, 2016

Coffee Break: Chicago Principal Barton Dassinger Tells Us the Truth About Personalized Learning

Barton Dassinger, principal of Chavez Elementary in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, promises to give his children more guidance on picking a college major…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 6, 2016

My Hope Is That All Cleveland Kids Can Benefit From a Quality Education Like I Did

I am writing to tell you a little bit about where I am in life now thanks to the education I received at Breakthrough Schools.…

By Terrence Reynolds

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Posted Apr. 18, 2016

The World Expected Me to Fail, But I Found Success at My Charter School

My teachers at Breakthrough Schools always told me education was vital to my life, and pledged to do everything in their power so that each…

By Mary Nazimiec

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Posted Dec. 8, 2015

With a New Law and Federal Money, Ohio Can Improve Public Charter Schools

When the U.S. Department of Education recently announced $125 million in grants to help eight states create new high-quality public charter schools across America, one state…

By Alan Rosskamm, Nina Rees

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Posted Sep. 21, 2017

Ninth-Grade GPAs Predict Kids’ Futures and Chicago is Raising Them

Today, the Consortium on Chicago School Research has issued a new report that reveals all the ways ninth-grade GPA can predict students’ futures. Key takeaways…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 20, 2017

Coffee Break: Andrea Castañeda on How Tulsa Is Earning a Place on the Map

Andrea Castañeda recently joined Tulsa Public Schools as the district’s chief innovation officer, working alongside Chiefs for Change member Superintendent Deborah Gist. Castañeda brings with…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

7 Days Before Graduation My Student Disappeared, But That’s Not What Made Me Cry

I remember the first time I saw her walking down the school corridor like she owned the place. She did. She was known as the…

By Melissa Revuelta

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