Posts from May 2016

Posted May 31, 2016

How ‘Comunitarios’ Are Changing the Way Schools and Communities Collaborate

How familiar is this? A Spanish-speaking mother makes several trips to talk to a counselor so that her ninth-grade daughter is enrolled in algebra II.…

By Aurelio M. Montemayor

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Posted May 31, 2016

Teachers Are Picking Up Where Presidential Candidates Are Falling Short

It was a student who pointed it out to me. “Hey Miss! Why aren’t the presidential candidates talking about our schools?” My sociology students were…

By Anne Rawley Eden

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Posted May 31, 2016

Here’s How Chicago Charter Public Schools Are Doing More With Less

New state data by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) reveal a troubling truth: Most Illinois districts are spending beyond their means and are…

By Dan Alexander

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Posted May 31, 2016

Education Reform Advocacy Is About Addition Not Subtraction

Last week a long-simmering debate about which kinds of diversity—ideological, political, socioeconomic, racial or ethnic—should matter most in our education reform community boiled over into…

By Martín Pérez

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Posted May 27, 2016

Audacity of Nope: You Want People of Color Until You Don’t

I’d never say conservatives, especially those in education reform, have been cowed into silence. Conservatives tend to run the game, be quick to assume power…

By Alma V. Marquez

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Posted May 27, 2016

Being Undocumented Isn’t Going to Stop Me From Going to College

In Honduras, my mother finished the equivalent of high school. She wanted to go on to college, but it’s a poor country, so she couldn’t…

By Dairyn Oliva Navarro

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Posted May 27, 2016

It Took 9 Years But My Family’s Lessons Got Me Through College

When I walked onto the campus of DePaul University in the fall of 2003, I was scared. I felt prepared academically. Socially, I could hold…

By Christopher Butler

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Posted May 27, 2016

My Sister Led the Way for Me to Go to College

Though I am in the first generation of my family to go to college, it was my eldest sister who inspired me to follow in…

By Quibila Divine

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Posted May 26, 2016

How My Charter School Family Inspired Me to Be Nothing Less Than Exceptional and Gave Me a Life Full of Choices

Family aren’t just the people you’re related to, but the people who encourage you, and I consider so many people in KIPP New Orleans to…

By Brandi Slyve

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Posted May 26, 2016

I Didn’t Get to #ProofPointDay on My Own

Weeks ago I attended a gala for a local nonprofit that was held in a beautiful historic courthouse, overlooking the Boston Harbor. Though I’ve been…

By Patty Diaz-Andrade

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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 Sep. 20, 2017

Coffee Break: Andrea Castañeda on How Tulsa Is Earning a Place on the Map

Andrea Castañeda recently joined Tulsa Public Schools as the district’s chief innovation officer, working alongside Chiefs for Change member Superintendent Deborah Gist. Castañeda brings with…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted Sep. 19, 2017

7 Days Before Graduation My Student Disappeared, But That’s Not What Made Me Cry

I remember the first time I saw her walking down the school corridor like she owned the place. She did. She was known as the…

By Melissa Revuelta

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