Ashley McCall

Guest Blogger


Chicago, Illinois

Ashley McCall is a third-grade bilingual teacher at César Chávez Elementary Multicultural Academic Center in Chicago and a Teach Plus Illinois State Policy Fellow.

Ashley was a 2012 Teach For America corps member and taught third-grade general education at LEARN South Chicago and second-grade bilingual education at Peabody Elementary School. She served on LEARN Charter Network’s Social Studies C3 Framework Design Team to develop and align benchmarks for a new standards-based curriculum as well as develop K-8 plans and identify instructional materials for teachers. As a community organizer with Illinois for Educational Equity (ILEE), Ashley partners with teachers, families, and community leaders to advance for a more equitable education system for students.

She graduated from Amherst College with a B.A. in political science and spanish and received her M.A.T. from Dominican University.


Posted May 30, 2017

Criminalizing Students Isn’t Helping Anyone, Here’s How Restorative Justice Can Help

During my second year in the classroom, I had a student I’ll call Dylan. He was aggressive, disinterested and disrespectful.…

By Ashley McCall

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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