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Posted July 10, 2017

Lessons I’ve Learned on What Makes Or Breaks a Principal

So many say that the principalship is the hardest job in education…and I couldn’t agree more. Being the inspiration, visionary, coach, sounding board, disciplinarian, advocate,…

By LeeAndra Khan

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Posted June 15, 2016

Coffee Break: Carmita Vaughan on Comics, the Cool Kids in Education Reform, and Not Being Fake

Carmita Vaughan is the founder and president of the Surge Institute, which selects and trains people of color to become leaders in education reform. In…

By Caroline Bermudez

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Posted Mar. 28, 2016

We Can’t Teach Our Girls to Be Afraid of Failure

The fear of failure is a gluttonous beast. When unchained, it devours our confidence, salivates at illogical reason and gnarls on insecurities. Hence, we need…

By Nche Onyema

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Posted Feb. 9, 2016

The Stories We Miss by Having Too Few Leaders of Color at the Table

My path to work in education wasn’t a traditional one. It wasn’t even rooted in a desire to be an educator. But it has been…

By Carmita Vaughan

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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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