Coffee Break

Need to take a moment? Our “Coffee Breaks” are the perfect complement to a cup of joe or an afternoon tea. Short and quick Q&A’s with some of education’s brightest minds and most inspiring leaders.

Posted May 23, 2018

Coffee Break: Yamuna Menon on Connecticut Choice and Cinnabon Coffee

It’s been a four-year dry spell for charter schools in Connecticut. Yamuna Menon is working to put an end to that. As Northeast Charter Schools…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Apr. 25, 2018

Coffee Break: PowerMyLearning’s Elisabeth Stock on How Personalized Learning Involves the Whole Family

Elisabeth Stock has been at the education game for decades as the head of PowerMyLearning, a nonprofit focused on personalized learning. I recently chatted with…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Apr. 16, 2018

Coffee Break: District Turnaround Expert Karen Hawley Miles Wants No Nonsense in Her Coffee and No Nonsense in Our Schools

Karen Hawley Miles is the president and executive director of Education Resource Strategies, Inc. (ERS), a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that helps turn around low-performing school districts.…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 29, 2018

Coffee Break: Colorado’s Parents Are a Force to Be Reckoned With and This Organization Is Making Sure We Know It

If the founders of Transform Education Now (TEN) have their way, the parents of Colorado’s school kids will be the newest force to be reckoned with in…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Mar. 21, 2018

Coffee Break: De’Shawn Wright on Being Destined for Public Service and Finding Purpose in Education

De’Shawn Wright has spent more than 15 years serving in senior leadership posts in government and the nonprofit sector and is a part of the…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Mar. 8, 2018

Coffee Break: Why Mark Rynone Left Corporate to Help Kids With Special Needs

Mark Rynone considers his passion for education as an outgrowth of family values. After all, his mother, brother and a handful of other relatives work…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Mar. 1, 2018

Coffee Break: This Charter Leader Says You Have to Love Students Enough to Hold High Expectations

In January, Constance Brewer was named president of the Noble Network of Charter Schools, which serves more than 12,000 students on 18 high school campuses…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Feb. 7, 2018

Coffee Break: This Florida Educator Has Opened Her County’s Doors to the World

Leslie Brown is Chief Portfolio Services Officer for Broward County Public Schools in Florida. She is also part of the Future Chiefs program with Chiefs…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Jan. 31, 2018

Coffee Break: Talking Pour-Overs, Implicit Bias and Empathy With Seth Gershenson

In 2015, a study showing how implicit bias affects teacher expectations by Seth Gershenson and two colleagues made waves throughout the profession. Gershenson, an associate…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 17, 2018

Coffee Break: Kenya Bradshaw on How to Know When a School Is Doing Family Engagement Right

I recently had a chance to talk with The New Teacher Project’s Kenya Bradshaw. We talked about which school districts are doing things right, how…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted July 18, 2018

Coffee Break: Oakland’s Lakisha Young Is Done Waiting for Superman and Ready for Parents to Take the Lead

Lakisha Young is executive director of The Oakland REACH. She has dedicated her career to promoting access to quality schools because she knows firsthand that…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted July 17, 2018

Superintendent Tom Boasberg Is Stepping Down After Nearly a Decade of Bringing the Community Together for Better Schools

I suppose Tom Boasberg is a successful “education reformer.” The policy resume (charters, accountability, innovation) certainly checks out. And Denver Public Schools invariably gets mentioned…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 17, 2018

4 Things Every First-Year Teacher Needs to Know

Recently, I shared with a colleague that I was about to start my new job as an assistant professor of education, assisting first-year teachers as…

By Zachary Wright 

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