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Posted Jan. 18, 2017

Coffee Break: Mendell Grinter on Advocating for Kids Like Him to Beat the Odds

Few 20-somethings have a LinkedIn profile that reads like a professional whose experiences expand over a couple of decades. Perhaps that’s why Mendell Grinter, was…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Dec. 9, 2016

VIDEO: Are Charter Schools Dividing the Black Community?

Making the Grade, a new partnership between Education Week and PBS News Hour, is so cool…and needed. Charter school news coverage has essentially become all…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Nov. 4, 2016

Tennessee’s Achievement School District Shows How State Interventions Can Work for Kids

In a recent column in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, two Nashville school board members cautioned Georgia voters on supporting the Opportunity School District proposal based on…

By Malika Anderson

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Posted Oct. 17, 2016

I’m a Card-Carrying Member of the NAACP and I Want to Apologize to Black Parents

I owe you an apology. I watched you show up in Cincinnati, Ohio for the NAACP’s national board meeting, yearning to be heard by board members,…

By Charles Cole III

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Posted Sep. 29, 2016

Local Education Philanthropy: The Story No One is Talking About

Our understanding of philanthropy is faulty. Judging by news stories, commentaries, and blogs, one would assume the billion-dollar foundations of Bill Gates, Eli Broad, and…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted July 6, 2016

In Memphis, Teach For America Is More Diverse and Local Than Ever

The Commercial Appeal in Memphis reported on the 10-year anniversary of Teach For America (TFA) in Memphis. It was fascinating to see how the demographics…

By Zack Barnes

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Posted June 29, 2016

Coffee Break: Chicago Principal Barton Dassinger Tells Us the Truth About Personalized Learning

Barton Dassinger, principal of Chavez Elementary in Chicago’s Back of the Yards neighborhood, promises to give his children more guidance on picking a college major…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 1, 2016

Structural Reforms Are Necessary But Not Sufficient for Turning Around Our Lowest Performing Schools

I am the principal of Cherokee Elementary, a Memphis school where, not long ago, only 14 percent of students were proficient in math, and just 16 percent in reading. Three years later, after being labeled a state “priority school” and placed in the Shelby County School District Innovation Zone (“iZone”), the percentage of Cherokee students doing math and science at grade level has more than quadrupled; reading proficiency has more than…

By Rodney Rowan

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Posted Jan. 29, 2016

Learning From a Charter School Turnaround in Memphis

Sometimes the best way to get the hang something tricky is to learn from others’ experiences. As National School Choice Week wraps up, I recommend…

By Alex Medler

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Posted Nov. 3, 2015

Schools Can Help Fix Poverty, But Not by Themselves

During my career I have had the opportunity to work with many exceptional students, but one in particular stands out in my mind. Within our…

By Jamar McKneely

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Posted Sep. 21, 2017

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

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

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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