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Posted Oct. 19, 2017

This Is What It’s Gonna Take to Get More Chicago Kids All the Way to College Graduation

New studies on college enrollment and completion in Chicago Public Schools (CPS) show signs of progress. But there’s work yet to do to ensure Chicago’s…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Chance The Rapper Donates 30,000 Backpacks to Chicago Students

Grammy Award-winning artist Chance The Rapper is once again helping students in need. The Chicago native has teamed up with STATE bags and his nonprofit,…

By Mike “Orie” Mosley

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Posted Aug. 8, 2017

It’s Gonna Take A Miracle To Keep My Kid in Chicago Public Schools All Year

It’s August, yet it’s chilly enough in Chicago to roast marshmallows. That’s what some friends from our daughter’s preschool invited us to do over the…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 14, 2017

Hey Pondiscio, Before We Talk Curriculum, Let’s Talk Turkey

In his recent response to a David Brooks column, Fordham’s Robert Pondiscio writes about the language of privilege in the United States and argues that…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 9, 2017

Arts Education Isn’t Taking a Backseat in Chicago Public Schools

In the midst of a financial crisis, Chicago’s public schools have continued to strengthen their commitment to arts education. So says a new report from the…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 3, 2017

3 Ways We Can Start Counting High School Graduates Accurately and Raise Graduation Rates

This week, the GradNation campaign released a report allowing people to compare graduation rates among states and to the national average of 83.2 percent. If…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 1, 2017

We Don’t Need Another Batman, We Need Educators Who Are in It for the Long Haul

My favorite superhero—Batman—is a failure. And if young educators take Batman as our role model, we’re likely to fail, too. You see, every Batman comic…

By Sean Healy

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Posted Apr. 18, 2017

A Candid Convo With a Chicago Principal Who Says Black Boys Learn Best When Success Looks Like Them

Christopher Goins is the founding principal of Butler College Prep, a four-year-old charter high school on the far South Side of Chicago with a student…

By Marilyn Rhames

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Posted Mar. 27, 2017

Our Students’ Bilingualism Is an Asset, Not a Deficit

If ever there were reason to rejoice over a standardized test, this is the time. Let me explain. I oversee curriculum and assessment for the…

By Evan Gutierrez

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Posted Mar. 22, 2017

I’ve Got an Idea for How We Can Spend Chance The Rapper’s $1 Million

Chance The Rapper announced that he would donate $1 million to the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system. The announcement is big news, and hopefully will…

By Jennifer Hartmann

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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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