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 Jan. 15, 2018

It’s Time to Stop Dreaming and Wake Up

An interesting phrase, with an equally interesting hashtag, has started to go around: #StayWoke. This phrase was especially present during the Women’s March after the…

By ShaRhonda Knott-Dawson

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Posted Jan. 12, 2018

My Grandmother Who Escaped Nazis Told Me to Always Speak Up. So, I’m Calling Out Racist Teachers.

My grandmother escaped the Nazis three days before they invaded Prague while much of her family did not. En route to America she and her…

By Mike Friedberg

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Posted Jan. 11, 2018

Education Is a Civil Rights Issue. Sorry, Not Sorry.

I’m just going to go ahead and say it: School reform is a civil rights issue, and it’s one that I can’t be moderate about.…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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