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 Jan. 5, 2022

More Than 330,000 of Chicago’s Children Didn’t Learn Today Because of CPS’s Staggering Lack of Planning

Once again, drama is flaring over Chicago Public Schools’ management of the pandemic. In the city of Chicago, more than 330,000…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 3, 2022

10 States to Watch for Educational Gag Orders in 2022

Last year, the obscure legal term “critical race theory” exploded into public consciousness, just months after conservative activist Christopher Rufo…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Dec. 8, 2021

Why the Oxford Shooter’s Plea for Help Went Unanswered

As more information on the events leading up to the Oxford school shooting came to light, journalists and the prosecutor…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Dec. 7, 2021

POLL: L.A. Families Want Equity and Accountability From Next Superintendent

Sometime this winter, a new superintendent will take the helm of the Los Angeles Unified School District. According to a…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Oct. 12, 2021

Q&A With Paige Kowalski: Getting Transparent About Student Data

Student data. Standardized testing. Accountability. These words set off a lot of big feelings among parents, educators and policymakers —…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 23, 2021

Q&A: New Orleans Is Taking a New Approach to Find Its Next Superintendent

Ethan Ashley is the president of the Orleans Parish School Board, which regained full control of New Orleans public schools…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 23, 2021

This New Tool Can Reshape Teacher-Family Relationships

It’s an understatement to say the sudden, pandemic-forced shift to online school disrupted teacher-student relationships. While headlines about lack of…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 3, 2021

Expert Q&A: Focusing on Teacher Well-Being Benefits Students

For more than 35 years, Donna Housman has been helping young children, their teachers and their caregivers build their emotional…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 19, 2021

Are Teachers Leaving Because of Pandemic Stress? It’s Complicated.

Plenty of news stories have raised concerns about mass teacher shortages due to pandemic stress. And it’s true that teachers,…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 14, 2021

Here’s How Noggin Is Helping Little Kids Build Emotional Intelligence and Helping Their Parents Stay Sane, Too

It’s no secret that pandemic isolation has hit hard—maybe even hardest—on young children and their caregivers. Young children are wired…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 18, 2022

Lawmakers Pay Teachers Lip Service, But from Subs to Curriculum, They Don’t Respect Us

The other day, my wife and I watched the first episode of the new sitcom Abbott Elementary.  In this episode, there’s a hilarious scene where…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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Posted Jan. 10, 2022

America Is Losing Sight Of Teachers’ Humanity

Do you remember when teachers were heroes? It was a pretty great week. I got a couple of Amazon gift cards from my students and…

By Garris Landon Stroud

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Posted Jan. 13, 2022

Explained: How to Run for Your Local School Board

School boards (in some states “school committees”) sit at the intersection of civic engagement, local politics, and community service. The school board is a team…

By Brianna Crowley

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