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Posted Nov. 14, 2017

Diverse by Design: These Charter Schools Show What Integration Looks Like and Why It Matters for Kids

It’s no secret that charter schools are getting some pretty stellar outcomes for students, particularly in urban areas. Many charter schools are also embracing diversity…

By Rob Samuelson

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Posted July 14, 2017

We Can Love and Support Our Students Without Lowering Our Expectations

I remember the day like it was yesterday. The year was 2013 and I was in the Oval Office with President Obama to receive an…

By Jessica Waters

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Posted July 6, 2017

This Is Why the Oppressed Can’t Get No Sleep

While many were celebrating the Fourth of July with hamburgers, hotdogs, fireworks and good ole fashioned apple pie, I was rereading Frederick Douglass’ speech of July…

By Gwen Samuel

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Posted Mar. 31, 2017

His Students Didn’t Think You Could Be Black and a Principal. He’s Proving Them Wrong.

Last year as he was preparing to open a new middle school in Rhode Island, Osvaldo Jose Martí worked as an administrator first at Blackstone…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Jan. 26, 2017

Should We Prepare Students for College and Career? I Don’t Think We Have a Choice.

Career and technical education (CTE) is undergoing a change across American schools. No longer does it resemble the vocational training programs of 10 or 15…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted Dec. 21, 2016

VIDEO: Turns Out Everything I Thought About Public Charter Schools Was Wrong

When I interviewed for a position with Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP) in Rhode Island almost three years ago, my perception of “charter schools” was very…

By Alisha Smith

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Posted Dec. 7, 2016

Coffee Break: Lori Barden on What Works Best for Schools and Why More Parents Should Run for Political Office

Lori Barden is a parent of two school-aged boys, Tanner (7) and Will (12), who attend an intentionally diverse public charter school in Rhode Island.…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted Oct. 5, 2016

Facebook Is Teaming Up With District and Charter Schools to Make High School a Little Less Boring

In his new book about charter schools, The Founders, Richard Whitmire makes a simple assertion in Chapter 15: “High school is boring.” And judging from…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Apr. 6, 2016

Coffee Break: Mike Magee on Cutting Through the Noise, the ‘Pernicious Effect of Racism,’ and Coffee With MLK

Mike Magee was named the first chief executive officer of the national Chiefs for Change in August of 2015—a few months before the passage of the…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Mar. 9, 2016

Coffee Break: Superintendent Deborah Gist on Moving Home, the Nae Nae and Jumping Out of Planes

Tulsa’s new superintendent of schools, Deborah Gist, described the decision to leave the job as Rhode Island’s education commissioner as “difficult” but there is no…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Dec. 8, 2017

Teachers Are Ready to End the School-to-Prison Pipeline But They Need the Trump Administration’s Help

2.6 million. That is the number of children suspended from U.S. public schools in one calendar year—2.6 million. That data, released in 2014 by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for…

By Lillian Lowery, Evan Stone

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Posted Dec. 7, 2017

This Video of Denver DREAMers Challenged Me to Check My Privilege

Being the “Type A,” driven overachiever that I am, I tend to be a planner—often, to a fault. As the daughter of a Purdue grad,…

By Chyrise Harris

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Posted Dec. 7, 2017

How Quincy Patterson Became Virginia Tech’s First Quarterback to Major in Engineering

If you follow Chicago’s high school football scene, you probably already know Quincy Patterson, the Solorio High School quarterback who drew lots of attention from…

By Maureen Kelleher

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