Maureen Kelleher

Posted May 16, 2018

School Counselor of the Year Kirsten Perry Isn’t a Savior, She’s Just Here to Help

In just two years, school counselor Kirsten Perry has served as a catalyst for transforming North Lawndale Community Academy, a neighborhood elementary school in one…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 11, 2018

My Neighborhood Was Terrorized by Police Raids But It Was the Teachers Who Kept Us Safe

Most years, I celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week with smiles and maybe a nice card for my daughter’s teacher. This year, I’m appreciating the teachers in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Apr. 6, 2018

This Real-Life Black Panther Is Way More Badass Than Any Movie Character

Mary Scott-Boria, 67, has had a long and distinguished career in Chicago’s civic world: first executive director of the Chicago Sexual Assault Services Network, executive…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Mar. 13, 2018

He Was Tortured by Police and Sent to Prison for 24 Years for a Crime He Didn’t Commit. Now He’s Telling His Story to Students.

As a teenager on the streets of Chicago’s South Side, Darrell Cannon learned not to trust the police—a lesson that continues to resonate for young…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Mar. 7, 2018

This New Report Is Fighting Charter School and Special Education Myths With Facts

To hear tell from charter opponents, students with disabilities and charters don’t mix. Their story about charters and special-needs students is simple: Charter schools don’t…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Mar. 6, 2018

IDEA Public Schools Is Bringing 20 New Schools to Texas and Ana Martinez Is Leading the Charge

For the last decade, IDEA Public Schools has been steadily improving student outcomes in the Rio Grande Valley, one of the most educationally underserved areas…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

My Kid’s School Ditched Daddy-Daughter Dances for a ‘Loved One and Me’ Dance

To an extent, I can relate to the disappointment of those Staten Island families who had their school dance postponed last Friday. My daughter’s school…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 31, 2018

Coffee Break: Talking Pour-Overs, Implicit Bias and Empathy With Seth Gershenson

In 2015, a study showing how implicit bias affects teacher expectations by Seth Gershenson and two colleagues made waves throughout the profession. Gershenson, an associate…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 31, 2018

Dear Janice Jackson, I Hope You’re Open to Honest Conversations with Parents in Chicago Public Schools

Janice, you and I know each other. I remember talking with you back when you were a principal at Al Raby High School. I know…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 24, 2018

After the Women’s March I Had to Write the Social Worker at My Daughter’s School

This year, the Women’s March was all about the signs. As one of about 300,000 people marching through downtown Chicago last Saturday, I made sure…

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Posted May 22, 2018

I’m Celebrating First-Gens Because I Am One

We all know the journey to—and through—college isn’t easy. It can be especially difficult for first-generation students who are the first in their family to…

By Merone Hailemeskel

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Posted May 22, 2018

All This Integration Talk Is Distracting Us From Giving Black Families Better Schools

Last week the Journey for Justice Alliance released a report called “Failing Brown v. Board.” The report is a direct attack on public charter schools…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted May 24, 2018

Y’all Can Have Betsy DeVos, I’m Checking for Stacy Abrams

Outrage: As Long As Betsy’s In Charge, Kids Should Just Stop Going to School Once again, Betsy DeVos demonstrated this week her dangerous ignorance of…

By Tanesha Peeples

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