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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 Jan. 25, 2017

Coffee Break: Chicago Principal Sonia Wang on How Community Context Makes a Difference in the Classroom

Sonia Wang is an educator on the South Side of Chicago who began as a literacy and writing teacher at a district elementary school. She…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted Jan. 18, 2017

We Need to Change the Way High Schools Are Preparing Students for College

Maureen Kelleher’s recent piece, Another Reminder That We Can’t Hold Schools Accountable Without Giving Them Support is exactly right, particularly when considering college preparation and…

By Elaine Allensworth

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Posted Dec. 21, 2016

Coffee Break: Priscilla Agbeo on Loving Her ‘Blackness’ From Chicago to Stanford

Priscilla Agbeo is a junior at Stanford University, where she is focused on African and African American studies. She is also a woman of color—an…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted Oct. 17, 2016

We’ve Got to Look at More Than Just Test Scores When We Rate Schools

There is a window to reframe accountability as states can now think in new and flexible ways. The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act…

By Sara Ray Stoelinga

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Posted July 6, 2016

Thank You, Abner Mikva, for Being the ‘Somebody’ Nobody Sent

I heard Abner Mikva’s story before I ever met Abner Mikva. I was a seventh-grader on the West Side of Chicago, desperately addicted to Windy…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted Dec. 3, 2015

Helping New Teachers to #TeachStrong

Bringing new teachers into our schools is vital to maintaining our great schools and improving our struggling schools, as well as nurturing future generations of teachers.…

By Lisa Vahey

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Posted Dec. 1, 2015

Mired in Averageness: What Will It Take, Suburban Schools?

Parents pay dearly for the privilege of living within the boundaries of Chicago suburban schools such as Barrington High and Naperville Central. Both are ranked…

By Tracy Dell’Angela

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Posted July 21, 2017

Parents, Educators and Community Members Speak Out Against the NAACP’s Charter Moratorium

“All over the country, dedicated educators of color are leading charter schools that cultivate the minds of children too-often locked out of success in traditional public schools.”…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 20, 2017

Without the Office for Civil Rights, My High School Would Have Continued to Discriminate Against Students Like Me

You may have seen the news. On July 11, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos responded to a letter written by Senator Patty Murray, which questioned the…

By Elijah Armstrong

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Posted July 26, 2017

Everything You Need to Know About the NAACP’s Stance on Charter Schools

This post is continually updated with up-to-date information. In a scathing article by the Wall Street Journal, the NAACP is called out for "taking orders from its union backers"—those union backers being the United Federation of Teachers and National Education Association—"to oppose charter schools."…

By Ikhlas Saleem

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