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Posted Nov. 21, 2017

It’s Not Enough to Know the Content, Teachers Also Need to Know the Context of Their Students’ Lives

The debate about how to best prepare K-12 teachers in the U.S. over the last 50 years has largely centered on whether theory- or practice-based…

By Jeanette Bartley, Bill Kennedy

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Posted Oct. 10, 2017

From Last to Leading: How Chicago Public Schools Made the Leap

Thirty years after being labeled the worst school district in the nation and after two decades of fiscal crisis, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) welcomed more…

By Beth Swanson

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Posted Sep. 21, 2017

Ninth-Grade GPAs Predict Kids’ Futures and Chicago Is Raising Them

Today, the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research has issued a new report that reveals all the ways ninth-grade GPA can predict students’ futures.…

By Maureen Kelleher

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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 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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