Chris Stewart

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Senior Partner and Chief Executive, Wayfinder Foundation

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Chris Stewart is Senior Partner and Chief Executive of the Wayfinder Foundation. He is a lifelong activist and 20 year veteran of nonprofit work. Stewart has served as the former Director of Outreach and External Affairs for Education Post, the Executive Director of the African American Leadership Forum (AALF), and an elected member of the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education where he was radicalized by witnessing the many systemic inequities that hold our children back.

In 2007 Chris was elected to the Minneapolis Public Schools Board of Education. In that role, he helped establish the Office of New Schools, an area of the Minneapolis Public Schools to implement school reform strategies. At the same time he created the Equity and Achievement Committee, authored a board-level “Covenant with the African American Community,” and advocated safe, orderly, and rigorous schools that prepare students for the real world.

In 2011, Chris organized community members for two campaigns in Minnesota: Action For Equity, a grassroots effort to spur innovation in family and education policy at the state level, and the Contract for Student Achievement, a coalition of community organizations working to achieve greater flexibility for underperforming schools through changes to Minneapolis’ teachers’ contract. Since 2009 Chris has been president and principal with Yielding Assets, LLC, a grassroots consultancy helping government, nonprofit, and foundation clients create self-sustaining, social good projects.

Chris serves as chair of the board of SFER’s Action Network and also serves on the board of Ed Navigators.

Chris blogs and tweets under the name Citizen Stewart and publishes at Citizen Education. He is based in the Minneapolis area.

In August 2017, Chris came together with more than 40 other African-American parents, students and teachers to talk about the Black experience in America’s public schools. These conversations were released as a video series in Getting Real About Education: A Conversation With Black Parents, Teachers and Students.

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Posted Jan. 17, 2018

VIDEO: One of the Greatest Threats to Our Black Students Is the Teachers Who Don’t Believe in Them

Slowly education activists of every stripe are warming to this reality: There is no way to improve education without putting…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Feb. 9, 2017

Statement from Chris Stewart of Education Post, Regarding NAACP Hearing in Los Angeles

Chris Stewart, a national school choice activist and the director of outreach and external affairs at Education Post said: “As…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Dec. 8, 2016

The NAACP’s Demands of Charter Schools Aren’t About Educational Quality

If you want to kill a good idea just set impossible conditions for its success and it will die trying to…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Nov. 1, 2016

Black People Have Tried the ‘Trust Me’ Relationship With Public Education for 150 Years, It’s Time For Something New

Let’s suppose there are two sides of the education debate that use similar tactics to discredit their opponents, and to acquire…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Oct. 25, 2016

Two of America’s Largest Black Organizations Seek to Build a Better Narrative for Black Education

While much of education world is locked in circular discussions (mostly centered on charter schools) that is bitterly dividing advocates…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Oct. 5, 2016

Striking Is the Most Morally Broke and Opposite-of-Woke Thing Chicago Teachers Could Do

Here we are again. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) has voted to go nuclear and strike in an attempt to…

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Posted Sep. 2, 2016

Teachers Unions Must Stop Standing With Republicans Against Closing the Equity ‘Loophole’ in Title I Funding

The Obama administration is trying to end a longstanding bit of systemic inequity in the public schools, but his officials are…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted July 12, 2016

School Reformers Cannot Ignore the Life and Death Issues Black People in America Face

In recent months, notable people within school reform circles have locked horns over a trifling question: Does the inclusion of…

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Posted July 8, 2016

What’s So Hard About Telling Me How My Kid Is Doing in School?

Everyone agrees and research confirms that actively engaged parents produce more successful students. Nevertheless, school systems often conspire to deny…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Apr. 21, 2016

VIDEO: Everybody Talks About Student Voice, But David Johns Walks the Talk

When history assesses the Obama presidency one thing will eventually be unmistakable: He filled his administration with exceptional, but understated…

By Chris Stewart

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Posted Dec. 12, 2018

America Has Always Used Schools as a Weapon Against Native Americans

When Michelle Obama and her husband visited students of the Standing Rock Sioux Nation in North Dakota in the summer of 2014, she met students…

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Posted Dec. 10, 2018

I Thought Watching Another Teacher Get Right What I Got Wrong Would Hurt. Instead, It Inspired.

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