Maureen Kelleher

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Senior Writer and Editor

Chicago, Illinois

Maureen Kelleher is senior writer and editor at Education Post. She is a veteran education reporter, a former high school English teacher, and also the proud mom of an elementary student in Chicago Public Schools.

Her work has been published across the education world, from Education Week to the Center for American Progress. Between 1998 and 2006 she was an associate editor at Catalyst Chicago, the go-to magazine covering Chicago’s public schools. There, her reporting won awards from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the International Reading Association and the Society for Professional Journalists.

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Posted Dec. 30, 2019

We May Finally Know What It Takes to Improve Schools

WHAT WE GOT RIGHT: When we think about school improvement efforts across the United States, it’s easy to tick off the spectacular, big-budget failures. Yet, while these boondoggles made headlines and dominated air time among policy wonks, a smaller, quieter and more sustainable set of successes began teaching the field some guiding principles for improving schools.…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 12, 2019

A Calendar, a Plan and Friends Can Make Unexpected Time off Rewarding and Productive for Your Kids

Gil Gibori recently launched The House Tutoring Lounge, a space in Chicago’s northern suburbs where teens can study, prep for…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 1, 2019

Here’s What Students Stand to Gain From the Chicago Teachers Strike

On Wednesday, the Chicago Teachers Union’s (CTU) House of Delegates approved a tentative agreement in a tight vote. The CTU deal includes good…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 18, 2019

Yes, You Can Have a Great First Year of Teaching, Just Ask Chicago’s Asia-Ana Williams

Last year, rookie English teacher Asia-Ana Williams became the poster child for Opportunity Schools, a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) effort…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 19, 2019

10 Summer Book Recommendations for Teachers, by Teachers

Everybody loves to give teachers their ideas for a great summer reading list. But what happens when teachers themselves do…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 8, 2019
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Teacher Diversity Matters and Charter Schools in North Carolina Are Getting Results for Students of Color

Seth Gershenson’s research on the impact of teacher expectations and their effect on students has made waves across the country.…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted June 27, 2019

When This Chicago School Was on the Verge of Closure, A Visionary Principal Built the Team That Turned It Around

Back in 2013, when Principal Aaron Rucker first came to Auburn Gresham’s Ryder Elementary, he said someone in the central…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 24, 2019

José Guzmán Was Accepted Into College But He’s Ready to Start His Electrical Career Now

Richards Career Academy senior José Guzmán knows how to hustle. He learned his confident, easy way with people by selling…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 23, 2019

Apprentice Plumber and High School Senior Leonard Ferguson Isn’t Afraid to Tackle the Dirty Jobs

As an eighth-grader, Leonard Ferguson signed up for the plumbing concentration at Baltimore County’s Western School of Technology and Environmental…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 21, 2019

1% of Nurses Are Hispanic Men, High School Senior Salvador Torres Wants to Change That

According to Minority Nurse magazine, less than 1% of nurses are Hispanic men. Salvador Torres, an 18-year-old senior at Richards…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 10, 2020

We Have to Get Education Right for Black Students and Families in 2020

I’m just going to get straight to the point. In 2020—and beyond—we have to get education right for Black students and families. Point blank and…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Jan. 16, 2020

National Parents Union Emerges to Disrupt Education Conversation

When it comes to education news and policy, we are used to hearing about the involvement of a union. However, typically the unions only represent…

By Andrew Pillow

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Posted Jan. 9, 2020

Democrats, This Is Your Moment to Make Equity More Than a Slogan

Where do Democratic candidates stand on public education? After last month’s Forum on Education, we know that the candidates are committed to increasing the federal…

By Richard Buery

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