Steven F. Wilson

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Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Ascend Public Charter Schools

New York City, New York

Steven F. Wilson, founder and chief executive officer of Ascend Learning, is also a senior fellow at Education Sector, a Washington think tank, and formerly, the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. He is the former CEO of Advantage Schools, an urban school management company that enrolled nearly 10,000 students, and a former executive vice president of Edison Schools.

Earlier, Wilson was special assistant for strategic planning for Massachusetts Governor William Weld and co-executive director of the Pioneer Institute, where he wrote the Massachusetts charter school law.

He is the author of two books: Learning on the Job: When Business Takes on Public Schools and Reinventing the Schools: A Radical Plan for Boston. He is the board president of Building Excellent Schools, a national training program for aspiring charter school founders, and a graduate of Harvard University.

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Posted Mar. 23, 2017

How Teaching a Liberal Education Will Help Our Students Move Past Prejudice and Embrace Our Common Humanity

In 1952, as the world continued to take stock of the devastation wrought by authoritarian regimes, a coalition of prominent…

By Steven F. Wilson

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Posted Dec. 19, 2016

Public Charter Schools Are Not the Same as Private School Vouchers

There is no historian of American education I admire more than Diane Ravitch; her fair-minded scholarship has inspired me throughout…

By Steven F. Wilson

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Posted Sep. 29, 2016

Déjà Vu: the Fight to Lift the Charter Cap in Massachusetts

An epic education fight is underway in Massachusetts. In November, voters will decide whether to lift the cap on the…

By Steven F. Wilson

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Posted Sep. 20, 2016

The Promise of Student Agency: How This Charter School Is Moving Beyond ‘No Excuses’

It’s hard to break with something for which you have long advocated. But several years ago that’s what we knew…

By Steven F. Wilson

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Posted Oct. 7, 2019

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When I invite teachers to rethink how they teach Columbus at our semiannual UnColumbus Day Symposium in Philadelphia, many teachers think it’s not for them.…

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Posted Oct. 9, 2019

Fellow Black Parents, It’s Time to Break the Silence About Our Kids With Disabilities

My mom and society have taught me that it is rude to offer advice when no one asks for it. But Black folks aren’t talking about…

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Posted Oct. 11, 2019

Time for Democrats to Recognize the Progressive Roots of Charter Schools

Listening to the rhetoric of Democratic presidential candidates, one would think charter schools were a Republican initiative opposed by all progressives. Bernie Sanders calls for a…

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