Noble Network of Charter Schools

Posted June 9, 2017

Every Student in This School’s Founding Class Is Headed To and Through College

“We pledge that in four years we will be better than we are today.” That’s what the members of the Baker College Prep class of…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 25, 2017

A Principal Helping Kids to Be the First in Their Family to Go to College, Just Like He Was

First-generation college student Vincent Gay started his journey on a wrestling scholarship at Edinboro University, near Erie, Pennsylvania. Early on, he got into such difficulty…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 19, 2017

You Don’t Know a School Until You Know Its Community: Lessons From a Charter School Principal

As administrators, teachers, or any other sort of “expert” in education, we can often come into school communities thinking we know the answers, that we…

By Nikki Grier

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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 Apr. 18, 2017

Hey Charter Schools, If You Don’t Want a Union, Don’t Give Teachers a Reason to Organize

Within the last few weeks, efforts to unionize charter schools have seen two major new developments: the first-ever organizing drive in Washington, D.C. charter schools,…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 3, 2017

‘School Choice’ Is Great, as Long as We Don’t Forget the Value of a Great Neighborhood School

Someone asked me recently: “Don’t you agree that inner-city parents of color should have the same opportunities for choice as wealthy suburban parents?” Yes, yes…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Dec. 15, 2016

One Fight Almost Ruined My Chances of Going to College

“I’m sorry, Rikiyah, but we have to expel you. You can come back to Baker next school year.” My heart dropped out of my stomach;…

By Rikiyah Lewis

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Posted Nov. 21, 2016

He Was a Struggling High Schooler, Now He’s Headed to Division I

Last Tuesday, Marvin Nesbitt, Jr., a senior at Butler College Prep, became the first Noble Network of Charter Schools student to commit to playing NCAA…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 7, 2016

I Have One Message for Chicago Public Schools: Our Children Are NOT Bargaining Chips

Yesterday morning, I stood with hundreds of charter public school parents and advocates in the rain outside of Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) headquarters to protest…

By Roberto Arista

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Posted Oct. 6, 2016

How Chicago’s Noble Network Pioneered High School Innovation at Scale

If you set foot on campus at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, the Land of Lincoln’s flagship four-year school, 1 of every 5 Black…

By Maureen Kelleher

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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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