Graduation

Posted Nov. 2, 2017

Chicago Isn’t Atlanta—Our Student Learning Gains Are Real and Lead the Nation

About a year ago, Stanford researcher Sean Reardon was digging deep into a 300-million-piece database he created, containing five years’ worth of state test scores…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 2, 2017

Coffee Break: Sarah Duncan on How Chicago Is Solving the Dropout Problem

In a recent speech to the Council of Great City Schools, Bill Gates singled out Chicago’s Network for College Success (NCS) as an example of…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 19, 2017

No More ‘Us’ and ‘Them.’ Just Great Schools. Period.

Walking through the hallways of Broome Street Academy Charter High School (BSA) in lower Manhattan, you get the sense that Head of School Barbara McKeon knows the…

By Jessica Mokhiber

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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 Sep. 29, 2017

Reject the Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

(Trigger warning: This essay contains a bleeped, profanity-laced rant that may cause you to question your most deeply held beliefs.) It’s not often I cite…

By Ian Rowe

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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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Posted Aug. 17, 2017

I Almost Gave Up on My Dream of a College Degree But Now I’m Back at School

I wasn’t a typical high school student. Motivation was hard to maintain when much of my environment negatively affected me. So many obstacles and circumstances…

By Trevon Slaughter

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Posted July 5, 2017

It’s Going to Be a Lot Harder to Shade Newark Public Schools With These Graduation Rates

It’s easy to be skeptical about improvements to Newark Public Schools (NPS), given its sordid history of corruption, desultory oversight, and—most critically—poor student outcomes. But…

By Laura Waters

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Posted June 26, 2017

We Built These Schools for Latino Kids Like Me, But Will Trump’s Budget Undo Our Work?

Graduation season is supposed to be a time of jubilation and glee, but the cruelty of President Trump’s budget has hung like a cloud over…

By Ana Ponce

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Posted June 15, 2017

Because of My Charter School, I Graduated From Morehouse College

This May, I had the great honor of graduating from Morehouse College, the school of my dreams. I will never forget the day I knew…

By Chris Sumlin

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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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