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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 June 21, 2017

Coffee Break: Kennan Scott on Cold Brew, Mad Scientists and Teaching STEM to Kids of Color

Kennan Scott teaches engineering at West Oakland Middle School in Oakland, California. Before becoming a teacher, he worked as a transit engineer, where he saw…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted June 14, 2017

Coffee Break: Hanna Skandera on Her Preferred Coffee Shade, New Mexico’s Rise and Truth-Telling

The schools of New Mexico have benefitted from strong and stable leadership at the state level for the past seven years. During that time, Secretary…

By Peter Cunningham

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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 July 21, 2017

Parents, Educators and Community Members Speak Out Against the NAACP’s Charter Moratorium

“All over the country, dedicated educators of color are leading charter schools that cultivate the minds of children too-often locked out of success in traditional public schools.”…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 20, 2017

Without the Office for Civil Rights, My High School Would Have Continued to Discriminate Against Students Like Me

You may have seen the news. On July 11, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos responded to a letter written by Senator Patty Murray, which questioned the…

By Elijah Armstrong

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Posted July 20, 2017

Thought Charter and District Schools Couldn’t Work Together? Newark Has Found a Way

It’s often noted that the original vision for charter schools, championed by legendary teachers’ union leader Al Shanker and others, was that they’d be “laboratories…

By Charles Sahm

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