Community Engagement

Posted Nov. 8, 2017

Do Not Close My Daughter’s School

My daughter, Rileigh Jasper, is a first-grader at National Teachers Academy (NTA) in Chicago Public Schools. The school holds the district’s top rating, Level 1+.…

By Sashai Alvarez Jasper

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Posted Nov. 7, 2017

I’m Sharing My Story Because It Matters

As parent leaders, we need to build trust, inspire hope and move people to action. Personal stories are one of the most powerful ways to…

By Toya Werkheiser

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Posted Oct. 20, 2017

This Is What Being a Non-Racist White Person Really Looks Like

First, let’s get something straight: The current bar for being a “good, non-racist White person” is set way too low. Here’s what it looks like…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Oct. 11, 2017

I’m Not From Nashville But I Can Tell Their Black and Brown Kids Are Getting Cheated Out of Good Schools

“You’re from Chicago—you can’t tell us anything about Nashville!” This is what I’m expecting to hear from the anti-reform people who read this blog. But…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Oct. 2, 2017

I’ve Been a Principal for 15 Years, Here’s 12 Things I’ve Learned Along the Way

This marks my 15th year as a principal. I have learned directly from my coaches, mentors and colleagues. Many of the lessons I have learned…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Sep. 28, 2017

High Hopes Despite Low Expectations: Welcome to Oklahoma

For education reform to flourish, you need political leadership to change laws and policies, educational leadership with a clear vision for change, community leaders tirelessly…

By Erika Sanzi, Peter Cunningham

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Posted Sep. 27, 2017

You Can’t Deny Our Stories. We Are First-Generation Students Organizing for a Revolution in Our Schools.

For first-generation college students, having to overcome some adversity is often a common shared experience. Despite the challenges we have faced, being able to sit…

By Daniela Felix

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Posted Sep. 22, 2017

I’m Tired and Pissed Off About Our Sorry Education System But I’m Still Fighting

I always thought I was super smart. Until I got to college. Even though I lived in Englewood, one of Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods, I attended…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Sep. 21, 2017

Fancy Education Luncheons Aren’t Going to Fix the Schools in My Neighborhood

The other day I had the honor of attending a luncheon and panel discussion about our failure to provide equitable schooling here in Illinois. It…

By Tanesha Peeples

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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 Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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