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Posted May 24, 2017

Coffee Break: Andrew Schmitz on the 5Essentials, What Makes School Work for Kids and Exploring Chicago’s 77

The Urban Education Institute at the University of Chicago has been a long-standing partner in education reform for city school districts across the country. Andrew Schmitz is…

By Michael Vaughn

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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

Coffee Break: Christopher Ruszkowski on the Coffee Shop ‘Post-up,’ the Immigrant Experience and Dinkytown Pierogies

Christopher Ruszkowski has just about a coast-to-coast education reform resume, with stops in Delaware, Louisiana and the Bay Area. He’s now the deputy secretary for…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Apr. 27, 2017

Coffee Break: CEO of NOLA’s Urban League on Empowering Communities and Doing What’s Good for Kids

Erika McConduit is the second female to serve as president and CEO of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans in its 75-year history. Under…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Apr. 20, 2017

Coffee Break: John Gomperts on Removing Barriers to Student Success and Recommitting to Kids

Do you drink coffee or tea and how do you take it? I drink super-strong decaf with a little bit of half and half. You…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Apr. 19, 2017

Coffee Break: Tom Rademacher on His New Book, the Moment He Wanted to Teach and Getting Hit by a Deer

“Mr. Rademacher will do anything in his power to help his students succeed.” One of Tom Rademacher’s students wrote that about him in a nomination…

By Michael Vaughn

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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 Mar. 22, 2017

Coffee Break: Parent Advocate Muhammed Akil on Getting Honest About Our Weaknesses and Creating Real Change

Muhammed Akil is a fierce advocate for school choice and unflinching in his conviction that we must confront long-time failures of traditional school systems. As…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Mar. 16, 2017

Coffee Break: Richard Kahlenberg on Knocking Down School District Walls That Separate Kids by Race and Class

Richard Kahlenberg is perhaps the nation’s leading proponent of the idea that for kids to succeed, schools must be places where families of all economic…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 8, 2017

Coffee Break: Tulsa’s Talia Shaull on Peruvian Coffee, Developing Talented Teachers and Embracing Innovation

Putting the best talent in front of students in every classroom is among the toughest and most important challenges in public education. Talia Shaull tackles…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted May 24, 2017

I Made Every Phone Call, Sent Every Email, Text and Tweet So My Student Could Attend the College of Her Dreams

For two years in my English class, we had talked about her dreams of becoming an intelligence analyst at the CIA. Unlike some students, this…

By Anna Baldwin

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Posted May 24, 2017

When Paying Rent Is So Stressful That You Get Evicted, Arrested and Drop Out

During my senior year of high school, college was a subject I didn’t like to talk about. I knew I didn’t want to go, but…

By Kalil Warner

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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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