Community Engagement

Posted Sep. 10, 2018

You Won’t Believe How This School Started the Year

At Phoenix Charter Academy in Chelsea, Massachusetts, our culture of continuous learning is centered around a strong community. In preparing for this new school year,…

By Zachary T. Zakas, Sophonie Joseph-Laurore

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Posted Aug. 1, 2018

Collaboration and Equity: How Tom Boasberg Changed Denver Public Schools

Four members of Chiefs for Change recently participated in a panel discussion at the National Charter Schools Conference hosted by the National Alliance for Public…

By Leila Walsh

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Posted June 8, 2018

She Wrote a Guide for Herself and Then Turned It Into a Book to Empower Others

Ivy​ ​Box​​ currently​ ​serves​ ​as​ ​the​ ​chief​ ​executive​ ​officer​ ​of​​ ​​Voice​ ​T.H.E.​ ​Movement,​ ​Inc.,​​ ​​which ​hosts​ ​an annual empowerment​ ​workshop​ ​that​ ​impacts​ ​over​ ​500​ ​disadvantaged​…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Apr. 26, 2018

It’s Time to Feel the Hope and Outrage

I want to start a movement where people of color feel compelled and empowered to advocate for better education. This is why I’ve spent my…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Apr. 23, 2018

Why Is Oklahoma City Blocking This School for Native American Kids?

Having grown up on a reservation in Reno, Nevada, Phil Gover of Oklahoma is committed to improving education for Native American students. In the summer…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Mar. 29, 2018

We Could Make Every Public School Feel Like Wakanda

Since its release, there have been several pieces that have reflected on the success of “Black Panther.” But one thing I couldn’t stop thinking about…

By David Mitchell

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Posted Feb. 26, 2018

4 Things You Missed Watching Black Panther

The entire nation is buzzing over the newest Marvel installment, “Black Panther”—especially Black folks. Aside from fantasizing about what it would be like to live…

By LeeAndra Khan

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Posted Jan. 24, 2018

When We Listen to Parents, We Get Real School Choice

As a child, I often heard the words, “Listen to your parents.” It was usually uttered with a stern look and was often mandated from…

By Nina L. Gilbert

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Posted Dec. 6, 2017

If We’re Going to Have a Real Conversation About Education, We’ll Need a Few More Seats at This Table

Often when I let my students work in groups, I remind them of a favorite proverb of mine: “If you want to go fast, go…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Dec. 6, 2017

We’re Real Parents With Real Issues and We Need Solutions to Fix Our Schools

When my daughter is on the playground, I see her playing with kids from district, charter and private schools, and even some others who are…

By Allison Simpson

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Posted Sep. 17, 2018

My Parents Didn’t Make It Past the Third Grade. I’m Working to Change That for Families in San Antonio.

My personal story begins with my family. I was born the youngest of seven children to a migrant farming family. My parents’ education did not…

By Arnold Hernandez

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Posted Sep. 17, 2018

There Are Charter Schools Run By the Community and For the Community

Three decades since the passage of the first charter school law, this movement of extreme promise has fallen out of favor with many of its…

By Steven Zimmerman

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Posted Sep. 18, 2018

Donors Choose, Except When They Can’t

DonorsChoose.org, an organization that allows teachers to request classroom supplies and experiences for their students, is guilty of discriminating against parochial and private schools. At…

By Erika Sanzi

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