Charter School Leaders of Color

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:

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Posted May 25, 2017

A Principal Helping Kids to Be the First in Their Family to Go to College, Just Like He Was

First-generation college student Vincent Gay started his journey on a wrestling scholarship at Edinboro University, near Erie, Pennsylvania. Early on, he got into such difficulty…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 19, 2017

You Don’t Know a School Until You Know Its Community: Lessons From a Charter School Principal

As administrators, teachers, or any other sort of “expert” in education, we can often come into school communities thinking we know the answers, that we…

By Nikki Grier

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Posted May 10, 2017

Coffee Break: Charter School Leader Shaka Mitchell on TEDx Talks, Justice and Shaking Things Up in Music City

Shaka Mitchell, leader of Nashville’s Rocketship schools, is a jack of all trades. The avid runner, former attorney and recent TEDx Talk presenter is shaking…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted May 3, 2017

Coming Back to the School That Served Him Meant More Than Any Job Title Could

I met Danny Herrera a couple of years ago. It’s hard to put a date on it as I remember his face from our time…

By Alma-Delia Renteria

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Posted Apr. 30, 2017

Highlighting Diversity in the Charter School Movement

There are a lot of myths about public charter schools, but one of the inescapable truths is that there is a growing cadre of educators…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017

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. 12, 2017

Coffee Break: Alisha Thomas Morgan on Running for Office at 22, the NAACP and Sundays With the Real Housewives

At 23 years old Alisha Thomas Morgan became the first African-American to represent Cobb County in the Georgia House of Representatives. During her 12 years…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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Posted Apr. 4, 2017

Walter Chen Is Building a Charter School That Reflects the Diversity of the Community

Walter Chen, the founding principal of a new Green Dot public middle school set to open in south Seattle this fall, has a pretty simple…

By Matt Halvorson

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Posted Mar. 31, 2017

His Students Didn’t Think You Could Be Black and a Principal. He’s Proving Them Wrong.

Last year as he was preparing to open a new middle school in Rhode Island, Osvaldo Jose Martí worked as an administrator first at Blackstone…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Mar. 15, 2017

My Mission to Educate Black Children Hasn’t Changed Now That I’m in a Charter School

As an educator, my focus is always on kids and how to help them reach their full potential. And as a Black man in New…

By Jamar McKneely

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

When I Set Up My Classroom Now I Only Think About Which Bookshelf Can Stop a Bullet

BY BRETT BIGHAM, 2014 OREGON STATE TEACHER OF THE YEAR: I don’t know a teacher who has not looked at the faces of Sandy Hook and wondered, “What if?”…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

Black Panther Proves That Our Kids Need More Black Superheroes, Both on the Screen and in the Classroom

I am looking forward to the premiere of “Black Panther” with the same excitement I bring to planning my birthday month. (Yes, I said month.)…

By Kenya Bradshaw

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Posted Feb. 13, 2018

I Know White Teachers Can Be Biased Against Kids of Color Because I Was

I changed schools in the middle of the first grade because my teacher was a racist. “She told you that you’re smarter than your classmate…

By Sydney Chaffee

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