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Posted Aug. 9, 2018

Here’s How Daniel Anello and Kids First Chicago Put Families in the Position to Succeed

In all my years of working to bring better school choices to families on Chicago’s South and West Sides, it’s always blown my mind that…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Aug. 3, 2018

There’s No Back to School for the Kids Who Get Shot and Killed

Outrage: They’re Dying More than 60 youth have been shot here in Chicago this year. At least 20 of those this summer and some of…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Aug. 3, 2018

We Can Make the First Year of Teaching Better. Here’s How.

When Barack Obama was elected president in November 2008, I was living in Chicago and working as a computer security engineer. After hearing Obama’s passionate…

By Raymond Steinmetz

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Posted July 23, 2018

A Career and Technical Education Program That Is Getting Kids Jobs

Across the Chicago region and the Rust Belt, thousands of small to medium-sized manufacturing firms have been soldiering on through decades of outsourcing and disinvestment.…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted July 20, 2018

This Isn’t an Endorsement But Let’s Just Say We Need More Teachers in Congress

Outrage: Fewer Susans The National Motto in the Classroom Act was passed in Tennessee last week. Basically, all schools in the state will now have…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted July 18, 2018

Stop Teaching Like Technology and the Internet Don’t Exist

It’s tough to take an individualized approach to teaching by using technology in the classroom. Even when the technology is there—which it often isn’t—the teacher…

By Raymond Steinmetz

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Posted July 12, 2018

Here Are 4 Tips to Help Your Kids Be Their Best Selves

Raising two kids has taught me a lot about how to help children become their best selves. Four key themes have emerged in my years…

By Vanesa Scott-Thompson

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Posted July 11, 2018

Here Are Three Reasons for Chicago Public Schools’ Success

With Chicago’s school closings, enrollment declines, funding issues and problematic special education reforms dominating the headlines for the past five years, it’s difficult to trust…

By Gina Caneva

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Posted July 6, 2018

Summer Is Tough for Parenting a Child With Disabilities But It’s Also an Opportunity

As a parent of a daughter with a disability, I feel like I am in a perpetual state of learning tips from the “experts.” Having…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted June 25, 2018

3 Tips to Survive College From Someone Who Made It

Editor’s Note: This is a condensed version of Samantha Smylie’s speech to the 2018 graduating class at John Hope High School in Chicago. Hope is…

By Samantha Smylie

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Posted Aug. 13, 2018

This School Year, Let’s Show What Happens When Parents and Teachers Work as a Team

A parent is a child’s first teacher. It is through a parent’s teaching that children first learn to speak and say “Mama” and “Dada.” It…

By Monica Lewis

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Posted Aug. 9, 2018

How Pedro Martinez Is Innovating With the San Antonio Community to Create New Schools

This is the second in a series stemming from a Chiefs for Change panel discussion at the National Charter Schools Conference hosted by the National…

By Leila Walsh

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Posted Aug. 10, 2018

My Son Was Not Going to Be a Victim of the School-to-Prison Pipeline

My son Jadon loved everything about school, until he didn’t. He was eager to learn, read, write and make friends. At 5, he had already…

By Kelisa Wing

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