School leaders of color are finding new and better ways to help children learn by opening or working for charter schools. In fact, there’s a higher percentage of Black and Latino principals in charter schools than there are in traditional public schools.
Education Post frequently shares and highlights the work of these inspiring leaders, and here are other notable stories from around the country:
- “Superhero” Dion Steele Creates Limitless Possibilities at Urban Prep-Englewood
By Katelyn Silva, Chicago Defender, May 8, 2017
Dion Steele, principal of Urban Prep Academies’ Englewood campus, says he has “500 sons, and three daughters at home.” Urban Prep is the nation’s first charter network dedicated to serving young African-American men. For the last eight years in a row, Urban Prep has sent 100 percent of its graduates to college.
- Paying It Forward: First-Generation College Grad Leads South Chicago Charter
By Maureen Kelleher, Chicago Defender, June 8, 2017
Vincent Gay, the principal of Baker College Prep in South Chicago, tells how his own experience as a first-generation college student inspired him to work in communities like the one where he grew up.
- Chicago Principal Creates Model for Educating Black Boys
By Marilyn Rhames, Ebony, April 26, 2017
Christopher Goins runs Butler College Prep has a high success rate among his Black male students. And it’s largely for a simple reason.
- Charter School Leader Works to Ensure Black Kids Aren’t Left Behind
By Katelyn Silva, Chicago Defender, April 19, 2017
Tanika Island Childress, principal and now CEO of the University of Chicago Charter School network, talks about her lifelong journey to develop the innate excellence of young Black children.
- He Seeks More Black Men to Teach in Philly and Beyond
By Kristen Graham, The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 3, 2017
Sharif El-Mekki leads a Philadelphia charter school, and he also launched a fellowship to encourage more Black men into teaching.
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