Robert Croston

Guest Blogger

Principal, Jenner Academy of the Arts

Chicago, Illinois

Robert Croston is a Chicago Public Schools principal at Jenner Academy of the Arts and a youth leader at his local church. He started his teaching career as a Teach For America fellow at a Chicago charter school. He graduated  from Marquette University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and social philosophy, and earned a master’s degree from Harvard University Graduate School of Education’s School Leadership Program.

He lives on the South Side of Chicago with his wife, Sheena.

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Posted July 22, 2016

Why Educators Should Serve at the Forefront of #BlackLivesMatter

As a principal, I believe educators must stand together and continue to fight for equal access to opportunity for our…

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Posted July 1, 2016

What to the Chicago Principal Is the Fourth of July?

It’s time for the Fourth of July! A time for cook outs, pool parties, and family but to me it’s…

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Posted June 6, 2016

Why the Lack of Black Male Educators Isn’t Just a Problem for Black Students

Lately, there has been a clarion call to increase the percentage of Black male teachers in American public schools. Currently,…

By Robert Croston

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Posted Mar. 4, 2016

I Am the Principal of That Low-Income Chicago School That Could Merge With the Richer School Down the Street

In commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 87th birthday, two schools located on the opposite sides of the tracks…

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Posted Jan. 19, 2020

Dr. King Would Have Shined a Light on the Shame of ‘Progressive’ Cities. So Should We.

On the day that the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was taken in 1968, he had become increasingly focused on the least of…

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Posted Jan. 27, 2020

Better Charter School Laws Can Help Families Win a Ticket Out of Poverty. Here’s Who’s Getting It Right.

As a tribute to National School Choice Week, one of the most empowering weeks of the year for parents, today, the National Alliance for Public…

By Todd Ziebarth

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Posted Jan. 27, 2020

What Happens When a Good Public Charter School Can’t Get a Building

Imagine that your 15-year-old daughter is enrolled in a public high school that you both chose for its affirmative culture and impressive academics. Your daughter—let’s…

By Laura Waters

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