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Posted June 29, 2017

Ever Seen a Black Boy Superhero?

Dion Steele, principal of Urban Prep Academies’ Englewood campus, says he has “500 sons, and three daughters at home.” Urban Prep is the nation’s first…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted June 28, 2017

These Stories About Bad Principals Will Piss You Off and Then Hopefully Make You Want to Do Something About It

I’ve had bad principals. In fact, it’s pretty hard to find a teacher who hasn’t. The job of a principal is almost aggressively impossible—to act…

By Tom Rademacher

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Posted June 26, 2017

We Built These Schools for Latino Kids Like Me, But Will Trump’s Budget Undo Our Work?

Graduation season is supposed to be a time of jubilation and glee, but the cruelty of President Trump’s budget has hung like a cloud over…

By Ana Ponce

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Posted May 24, 2017

Coffee Break: Andrew Schmitz on the 5Essentials, What Makes School Work for Kids and Exploring Chicago’s 77

The Urban Education Institute at the University of Chicago has been a long-standing partner in education reform for city school districts across the country. Andrew Schmitz is…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted May 23, 2017

Here’s Some Suggested Reading for Our Trash-Talking Secretary of Education

You hear a lot these days—especially in the Trump era—about how broken, antiquated and just generally messed up public education is in our country. Just…

By Michael Vaughn

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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 May 11, 2017

Parents Are More Than Just an Extra Set of Hands, They Have the Power to Change a School’s Culture

On a recent rainy Saturday morning, just up the street from my daughter’s charter school, a small group of us moms gathered around a wooden…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 3, 2017

Coming Back to the School That Served Him Meant More Than Any Job Title Could

I met Danny Herrera a couple of years ago. It’s hard to put a date on it as I remember his face from our time…

By Alma-Delia Renteria

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Posted Apr. 30, 2017

Bottom Line: District and Charter Schools Can Work Together to Improve All Public Schools

This week is National Charter Schools Week, a time to shine a light on public charter schools. In Washington, D.C., where I lead the sole…

By Scott Pearson

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Posted Apr. 26, 2017

Small Enough to Manage, Big Enough to Matter: Kansas City’s Latest Attempt at School Reform

Some education reform efforts in America’s larger cities struggle to go to scale. Think Los Angeles and laptops, New York City and school turnarounds, or…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Aug. 22, 2017

These Two Sisters Aren’t Afraid to Get Messy If It Means Better Schools for Philadelphia’s Kids

“Don’t mess it up.” Those words rode the bus with Quibila Divine in the late 1960s and early ’70s from North Philadelphia to the predominantly…

By Tre Johnson

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Posted Aug. 15, 2017

Every Book You Teach Is a Political Choice. Make It a Step Towards Social Justice.

At NNSTOY’s (National Network of State Teachers of the Year) conference last July, civil rights educator Sharif El-Mekki delivered a moving presentation that ended with…

By Topher Kandik

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Posted Aug. 14, 2017

Sure, You Hate Trump, But Can You Tell Your Students That?

Is it OK to hate the president? Yes. Is it OK to hate the president from the front of the classroom? That’s harder. As teachers…

By Tom Rademacher

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