Chyrise Harris

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Denver, Colorado

Chyrise Harris was formerly the Chief Communications Officer for brightbeam, formerly known as Education Post, where she oversaw a variety of brand development, strategic communications and storytelling initiatives designed to shape the organization’s reputation and impact. She joined Education Post to amplify the unique voice and experience of students, parents and teachers in schools across the country. She previously lead brand development, marketing and communications at STRIVE Preparatory Schools, one of Denver’s largest public charter school networks. Prior to that she worked in the communications office at Denver Public Schools where she supported communications for one of the district’s largest turnaround efforts. She also managed a portfolio of regional schools, using marketing and communications to support school choice and student enrollment. She built a foundation for communications at Siegel+Gale, a global brand strategy firm headquartered in New York.

Chyrise is a product of public schools in Colorado and believes that every child—regardless of race, economic circumstance, or ability—deserves the opportunity to choose and access a free and exceptional education.

Chyrise has a bachelor’s in journalism and technical communications from Colorado State University and holds a master’s in global marketing communications and advertising from Emerson College in Boston.

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Posted May 17, 2019

Education Post Network of Advocates Challenges Bernie Sanders’ Call for Moratorium on Charter School Expansion

Chicago, IL – Despite once confirming support for the public charter schools that serve thousands of students of color, 2020…

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Posted Apr. 17, 2019

Education Post to Welcome Chris Stewart as New CEO

Aims to Re-energize Education Advocates with Focus on Better Student Outcomes Chicago, IL –  Education Post, a media project of…

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Posted Sep. 15, 2018

Education Post Executive Director Peter Cunningham Takes Temporary Leave of Absence to Support Bill Daley Mayoral Campaign

Effective September 17, 2018, Education Post Executive Director Peter Cunningham will take a temporary leave of absence from the nonprofit…

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Posted Apr. 11, 2018

When 5-Year-Old Black Boys Are Suspended at Higher Rates From School, It’s Time to Talk About Racial Bias

The latest Government Accountability Office analysis of school discipline policies has everyone talking about the disproportionate rates at which Black…

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Posted Mar. 29, 2018

Coffee Break: Colorado’s Parents Are a Force to Be Reckoned With and This Organization Is Making Sure We Know It

If the founders of Transform Education Now (TEN) have their way, the parents of Colorado’s school kids will be the newest force…

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Posted Feb. 15, 2018

I Thought That School Lockdown Would Be the Last But 19 Years Later I Was Wrong

I was 15 years old the first time I experienced a school lockdown. Our teachers locked the classroom doors. Our…

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Posted Jan. 31, 2018

I Rewrote Joe Kennedy’s Speech to Be About Education Because I Wish It Was

When Rep. Joe Kennedy III gave the Democrats’ response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address, he of…

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Posted Dec. 13, 2017

Coffee Break: Why Can’t Ed Reformers Stop Talking About Denver? Anne Rowe Has Some Ideas.

For several months, education reformers and policy wonks have followed David Osborne all around the country to hear hear how…

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Posted Dec. 7, 2017

This Video of Denver DREAMers Challenged Me to Check My Privilege

Being the “Type A,” driven overachiever that I am, I tend to be a planner—often, to a fault. As the…

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Posted Oct. 13, 2017

Here’s How Today’s Schools Can Evolve to Prepare Kids for the Jobs of Tomorrow

The key three factors most likely to change the nature of future work are: artificial intelligence/robots, demographic changes and concentration…

By Chyrise Harris, Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 29, 2021

You Can and Must Foster Belonging, Acceptance, and Support for Your LGBTQIA+ Students. It’s a Matter of Life and Death.

Many young people see belonging as a quest to fit in, but it’s so much deeper than that. Belonging means accepting, celebrating, and including our…

By Casey Pettit

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Posted July 26, 2021

At Freedom School Literacy Academy, Black Pride and Academic Achievement Go Hand-in-Hand

Erika Asikoye is the Director of the Freedom School Literacy Academy (FSLA) at The Center for Black Educator Development in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The FSLA, for…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 27, 2021

15 Questions That Predominantly White Schools Should Ask When Engaging in Non-Performative Anti-Racist Work

Last week, I had a consulting call with a potential client (a white teacher), who teaches in a predominantly white school/neighborhood and wants to engage…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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