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 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 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 Mar. 13, 2018

We Could Have More Black Teachers If We Removed These Barriers

There is a growing body of evidence that Black students perform better when they have a Black teacher. It is a problem, then, that only…

By Max Marchitello, Chad Aldeman

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Posted Mar. 14, 2018

Stephen Hawking Showed Us That Every Student Has Hidden Talents, Even Those With Profound Disabilities

Last night, I heard the news of Stephen Hawking’s passing. He and I had been corresponding these past few weeks and I knew he had…

By Brett Bigham

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Posted Mar. 14, 2018

A Bullet Took My Student and I Want to Remember Him by Saving Other Lives

Take a moment and think back to when you were 12 years old. See life through the eyes of your 12-year-old self. What were you…

By Valerie Groth

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