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Posted Jan. 10, 2018

Coffee Break: Why the CEO of an Aerospace Company Opened a Charter School for Rural Kids

“It was either move the company or start a school.” —Paul Campbell Paul Campbell grew up in rural Kentucky and is currently the CEO of…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Dec. 13, 2017

Coffee Break: Why Can’t Ed Reformers Stop Talking About Denver? Anne Rowe Has Some Ideas.

For several months, education reformers and policy wonks have followed David Osborne all around the country to hear hear how innovation hubs like Denver, New Orleans, Indianapolis and…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Dec. 6, 2017

Coffee Break: Milken Educator Award Winner Dan Adler on What It Takes to Grow Great Teachers

When Dan Adler started his college career at Yale University, he thought he would become a chemist. When he graduated in 2007, he went into…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 8, 2017

Coffee Break: Jared Joiner on Why Education Should Be the Leader in Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Jared Joiner is the executive director of strategy and communications for the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), where he ensures students have the tools…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted Nov. 2, 2017

Coffee Break: Sarah Duncan on How Chicago Is Solving the Dropout Problem

In a recent speech to the Council of Great City Schools, Bill Gates singled out Chicago’s Network for College Success (NCS) as an example of…

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 Aug. 30, 2017

Coffee Break: Broward Supt. Bob Runcie on How Public Schools Can Carve the Path to the American Dream

Bob Runcie has led Florida’s Broward County Public Schools (the nation’s sixth-largest district) since 2011, after serving in several leadership positions in the Chicago Public…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 12, 2017

Coffee Break: Denver Charter School Leader Bill Kurtz on Finding the Right Brew of Quality, Access and Integration

Denver’s DSST charter schools are one of the nation’s premiere secondary school networks. Led by longtime CEO Bill Kurtz, DSST has expanded steadily in Denver…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted July 5, 2017

Coffee Break: Charter Leader Vanessa Rodriguez on the Real Difference-Maker We Should Be Talking About

Vanessa Rodriguez has deep experience working with the students of New York City. She started her career as a bilingual teacher at a Bronx elementary…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted June 28, 2017

Coffee Break: Candice McQueen on Equity, Lattes and Staying on Top

If I had to pick one word that critics and supporters of Tennessee’s Education Commissioner Candice McQueen might agree on to describe her, it would…

By Lane Wright

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Posted Jan. 15, 2018

It’s Time to Stop Dreaming and Wake Up

An interesting phrase, with an equally interesting hashtag, has started to go around: #StayWoke. This phrase was especially present during the Women’s March after the…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Jan. 12, 2018

My Grandmother Who Escaped Nazis Told Me to Always Speak Up. So, I’m Calling Out Racist Teachers.

My grandmother escaped the Nazis three days before they invaded Prague while much of her family did not. En route to America she and her…

By Mike Friedberg

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Posted Jan. 11, 2018

Education Is a Civil Rights Issue. Sorry, Not Sorry.

I’m just going to go ahead and say it: School reform is a civil rights issue, and it’s one that I can’t be moderate about.…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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