Charter School Leaders of Color

There is a growing cadre of charter school leaders of color who are finding new and better ways to help children learn by founding, leading or advocating for public charter schools. Education Post frequently shares and highlights the work of these inspiring leaders.

Here are some notable profiles from publications around the country:

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Posted July 14, 2017

Mia Howard Shows a Good School Needs Both the Soft Stuff and the Hard Data

A school that bakes parent engagement into its strategy for student success is a school after my own heart. Intrepid College Prep Schools, a Tennessee…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted July 5, 2017

Coffee Break: Charter Leader Vanessa Rodriguez on the Real Difference-Maker We Should Be Talking About

Vanessa Rodriguez has deep experience working with the students of New York City. She started her career as a bilingual teacher at a Bronx elementary…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted June 29, 2017

Ever Seen a Black Boy Superhero?

Dion Steele, principal of Urban Prep Academies’ Englewood campus, says he has “500 sons, and three daughters at home.” Urban Prep is the nation’s first…

By Katelyn Silva

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Posted June 12, 2017

These 4 Educators of Color Want to Start Charter Schools in Los Angeles But It’s Not That Easy

During tomorrow’s Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) board meeting, four men of color will petition to open three new charter schools in very high-need areas…

By Ana Beatriz Cholo

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Posted June 2, 2017

The Woman Behind the Miracle on Cooper Street in Camden

Point A: A young girl born in Puerto Rico in 1962 spends her childhood traveling up and down the Eastern Coast from Florida to New…

By Laura Waters

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Posted May 31, 2017

We Used to Be One of the Worst Schools in California. Not Anymore.

With high suspension rates, low achievement scores and ineffective teachers, Pacoima Elementary had the dishonor of being one of the worst schools in California. So…

By Sylvia Fajardo

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Posted May 25, 2017

A Principal Helping Kids to Be the First in Their Family to Go to College, Just Like He Was

First-generation college student Vincent Gay started his journey on a wrestling scholarship at Edinboro University, near Erie, Pennsylvania. Early on, he got into such difficulty…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 19, 2017

You Don’t Know a School Until You Know Its Community: Lessons From a Charter School Principal

As administrators, teachers, or any other sort of “expert” in education, we can often come into school communities thinking we know the answers, that we…

By Nikki Grier

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Posted May 10, 2017

Coffee Break: Charter School Leader Shaka Mitchell on TEDx Talks, Justice and Shaking Things Up in Music City

Shaka Mitchell, leader of Nashville’s Rocketship schools, is a jack of all trades. The avid runner, former attorney and recent TEDx Talk presenter is shaking…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted May 3, 2017

Coming Back to the School That Served Him Meant More Than Any Job Title Could

I met Danny Herrera a couple of years ago. It’s hard to put a date on it as I remember his face from our time…

By Alma-Delia Renteria

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Posted July 17, 2017

The Only Special Interest Group We Represent Is Our Children. Period.

At the end of the 19th century, the famous Nicaraguan writer, poet and journalist Rubén Darío wrote, “Si los perros ladran, Sancho, es señal que…

By Rodolfo Aguilar

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Posted July 18, 2017

Yes, We Train Like Doctors Because Becoming a Teacher Is That Serious

It was my first day of the student teaching portion of the UCLA IMPACT (Inspiring Minds through a Professional Alliance of Community Teachers) and my mentor teacher…

By Christelle Rocha, Jeraldy Vega

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Posted July 18, 2017

Don’t Be Fooled, There Are High-Performing Schools That Are Still Failing Children

I haven’t been given the opportunity to have children of my own yet; however, as an educator, I have spoken to and worked with many…

By David McGuire

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