Here were the 10 most-read stories this year from Chalkbeat Chicago

[caption id="attachment_193215" align="aligncenter" width="600"] The Chalkbeat Chicago event "Education for All?" drew 145 people to Malcolm X on December 12, 2018.[/caption]

Since Chalkbeat Chicago began publishing in June, we've published 201 — yes, 201! — stories about public education in Chicago. What you'll find below is a list of the 10 stories that were most popular among our readers, from a principal’s first-person column on personalized learning to a profile of a teen struggling to read. 

In addition to writing, reporting, and covering all those meetings, we also conducted a seven-event Listening Tour around the city and a public forum at Malcolm X to discuss the city's next mayor and the future of public schools. And we partnered with our friends at WBEZ to drill down on education policy with the candidates for Illinois governor.

Meanwhile, the Chalkbeat network has reached several milestones of its own. Chicago wasn't the only bureau to open this year: We now have local-first coverage in Newark, and we kicked off our first multi-city Listening Tour this summer.

Lastly, we launched our first-ever membership program in November. As a nonprofit news organization, we know that Chalkbeat is nothing without our loyal readers, and we hope you’ll continue your support by donating to our end-of-year campaign.  We have just 10 days left to hit our 2018 goals.

Please donate today. Thanks for a great year, and see you in 2019!

Cassie Walker Burke :: Bureau chief, Chalkbeat Chicago


Drumroll, please….Here were the 10 most read stories of 2018 for Chalkbeat Chicago. 

Trauma can make it hard for kids to learn. Here’s how teachers learn to deal with that: This conversation with a child psychologist from Lurie Children’s Hospital who advises local educators on identifying and handling trauma resonated with educators and parents alike. 

Meet Javion: He’s 16 and struggling to read in Chicago schools: How did 16-year-old Javion Grayer end up in high school barely able to read? This story examines how many forces in the city and its schools can threaten learning.

I’m a principal who thinks personalized learning shouldn’t be a debate: This first-person column from Lisa Epstein, the principal of Lee Elementary, was the most read column we published this year. “Personalized learning looks different in every classroom,” she writes, “but the common thread is that we now make decisions looking at the student.” 

Rauner and Pritzker are at odds over most education issues — but agree on this one point: Hint: It’s money. But listening back to the interviews with the candidates helps paint a picture of the state of education in Illinois. 

How one Chicago principal is leaning on data to help black boys: The stakes are high. Black boys, especially those from low-income households, are more prone than their sisters to falling behind in school and running into the juvenile criminal justice system. Here’s how one principal is making inroads at her school. 

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Secret CPS report spotlights big vacancies, lopsided options for students: The report has already been cited as reasoning in district-level decision-making.

Is your school one of the city’s top ranked? Our database of school rankings included a school’s total points scored on the Chicago rating system, known as SQRP.

Three out of four kids aren’t ready for kindergarten: The data is the first look statewide at how many children show up to kindergarten prepared.

Three Chicago principals and the war against Fs: “Fs and Ds are worthless,” one principal exclaimed. We looked at his case. 

Why Noble teachers say Noble CEO’s downfall could boost unionization efforts: It’s a story we’ll continue to watch in 2019.