Community Engagement

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 Sep. 19, 2017

Chicago’s Schools Are ‘Pretty Good,’ But That’s Not Good Enough

I have spent the last 15 years of my life committed to serving students across Chicago as a teacher and a leader. But today, I…

By Natalie Neris

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Posted Sep. 13, 2017

Schools May Be a Battleground in Philadelphia, But These Parents and Activists Aren’t Scared of the Fight

When the transformation of 13th Street was proposed by a New York developer named Tony Goldman, many balked at his vision of a new Philadelphia.…

By Tre Johnson

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Posted Sep. 1, 2017

Want to Know How to Get Minorities Into Teaching? Just Ask the Students.

I remembered Oscar from the previous year when he was a sixth-grade student assigned to the other sixth-grade social studies teacher. He was quiet when…

By Elsie Owolo

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Posted Aug. 23, 2017

4 Ways We Can Be More Culturally Responsive in Our Hiring Practices

Cultural responsiveness isn’t just a checklist. Being culturally responsive means taking Dr. King’s definition of education—“to teach one to think intensively and to think critically…to…

By Kelli N. Seaton

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Posted Aug. 1, 2017

Alaska Might Have Just Figured Out How to Better Serve Students of Color Through Social-Emotional Learning

Social and emotional learning (SEL) has a limited track record of culturally-responsive practice. In fact, some have criticized SEL for imposing dominant cultural values onto students of color—we agree…

By Robert Medina, Ila Deshmukh Towery

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Posted July 17, 2017

The Only Special Interest Group We Represent Is Our Children. Period.

At the end of the 19th century, the famous Nicaraguan writer, poet and journalist Rubén Darío wrote, “Si los perros ladran, Sancho, es señal que…

By Rodolfo Aguilar

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Posted July 10, 2017

Lessons I’ve Learned on What Makes Or Breaks a Principal

So many say that the principalship is the hardest job in education…and I couldn’t agree more. Being the inspiration, visionary, coach, sounding board, disciplinarian, advocate,…

By LeeAndra Khan

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Posted Sep. 21, 2017

Ninth-Grade GPAs Predict Kids’ Futures and Chicago Is Raising Them

Today, the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research has issued a new report that reveals all the ways ninth-grade GPA can predict students’ futures.…

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 Sep. 19, 2017

7 Days Before Graduation My Student Disappeared, But That’s Not What Made Me Cry

I remember the first time I saw her walking down the school corridor like she owned the place. She did. She was known as the…

By Melissa Revuelta

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