Turnaround

Posted Mar. 6, 2019

Detroit Charter Leader Chanavia Patterson Knew Her School Had Improved When She Was Ready to Enroll Her Own Kids

Chanavia Patterson always knew she would become a teacher, but she didn’t know she would become an outstanding mentor, coach and principal. In 2013, she…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 1, 2018

If You’re a Teacher in a Turnaround School, You’ve Got a Friend in Me

I recently spent a weekend with two elementary school teachers. I was not there because I was from their school or even their state—I was…

By Stacey Dallas Johnston

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Posted Apr. 20, 2018

We Have to Challenge What Innovation Really Looks Like, If We Want to Break the Cycles That Impact Our Students

When will we learn that traditional systems and customs may not be the answer to creating significant change within education for our Black and Brown…

By Ayanna Gore

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Posted Apr. 16, 2018

Coffee Break: District Turnaround Expert Karen Hawley Miles Wants No Nonsense in Her Coffee and No Nonsense in Our Schools

Karen Hawley Miles is the president and executive director of Education Resource Strategies, Inc. (ERS), a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that helps turn around low-performing school districts.…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Dec. 7, 2017

How Quincy Patterson Became Virginia Tech’s First Quarterback to Major in Engineering

If you follow Chicago’s high school football scene, you probably already know Quincy Patterson, the Solorio High School quarterback who drew lots of attention from…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Apr. 26, 2017

Small Enough to Manage, Big Enough to Matter: Kansas City’s Latest Attempt at School Reform

Some education reform efforts in America’s larger cities struggle to go to scale. Think Los Angeles and laptops, New York City and school turnarounds, or…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Apr. 3, 2017

The Second Great Migration for Black Families Is Embracing School Choice

Like hundreds of thousands of Black families, my paternal grandmother and several of her relatives participated in the Great Migration, one of the most dramatic…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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Posted Jan. 23, 2017

How Parents Benefit From School Accountability

If you’re a parent like me, at the start of each school year you eagerly learn all about the course content your child will study,…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Nov. 7, 2016

Believe It or Not, I Actually Moved to Nevada for the Schools

This is the first part in a three-part series on Nevada’s successes and struggles to turnaround its school system over the next five years. Too…

By Brett Barley

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Posted Aug. 7, 2020

James Baldwin’s ‘Talk to Teachers’ Is Just as Relevant Today

As I sit here, processing my thoughts on the severity of events that are currently grappling our nation, I reflect on the historical circumstances that…

By Jorge Santos

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Posted Aug. 10, 2020
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If You Want Justice, Teach Kids How to Read

In 1990, I was a brand-new teacher in an unusual environment: a Chicago alternative high school where teens and young adults could earn their diplomas…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Aug. 10, 2020
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America, I Know You’re Tired: A Letter From a Virtual Teacher

Dear America, Let me get this out of the way first thing: I am a public school teacher, and I wish I were in the…

By Jay Wamsted

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