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February 5, 2019
Five things we’ve learned from a decade of research on school closures
The academic impact of closures on students in those schools varies substantially. Nationwide, closures appear to slightly lower test scores.
January 28, 2019
Chicago schools will be open Tuesday, closed Wednesday
The district said it will also likely add another instructional day to the end of the year to make up for missed instructional time.
January 18, 2019
I’m a fifth-year Chicago teacher, and the challenges aren’t letting up. Now what?
I can’t practice enough self-care to replace the structural changes needed to make our profession more sustainable.
How I Lead
January 2, 2019
One Chicago principal’s pledge for 2019: Caring for his teachers
The principal of Chicago’s Sullivan High School in Rogers Park recalls the advice of a mentor to remind himself of the importance of caring for his staff.
Updated December 7, 2018
From missed meetings to children home alone, Chicago families feel the strain of ongoing Acero charter strike
It took Alma Adan several weeks to schedule a meeting with school counselors to go over her kindergarten son’s special education needs. But…
Updated October 26, 2018
Chicago’s public school system is still shrinking, new data shows
After 15 years of consecutive drops, the number of students enrolled in Chicago’s public schools fell again this year.
September 26, 2018
Chicago SAT averages fall short of cutoff for main campuses of University of Illinois
Chicago Public School juniors scored an average of 951 on the SAT this past spring, lower than the minimum score needed to gain…
August 30, 2018
We’ve come a long way in addressing student stress and trauma. I could use help, too.
There’s an old adage, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” But as a paraprofessional in Chicago, my cup is almost drained.
How I Teach
July 2, 2018
Memphis math teacher remembers ‘sticking out.’ It inspired him to teach with compassion
Neven Holland was in third grade when his mother pulled him out of his Chicago elementary school and moved him to a school…
Updated September 11, 2018
Five Chicago student activists on why they will be in your face this summer
Trevon Bosley’s brother was murdered while attending band rehearsal at church. Shot from the street while helping a friend with drums in 2006,…
March 13, 2018
When Chicago cut down on suspensions, students saw test scores and attendance rise, study finds
A modest drop in out-of-school suspensions for severe behavior actually led to small increases in test scores and attendance for all students in a school.
Classrooms without teachers
January 9, 2018
In many large school districts, hundreds of teaching positions were unfilled as school year began
In the country’s largest school districts, thousands of students started the school year without a permanent teacher, according to data from public records.
More than scores
November 26, 2017
New research takes an in-depth look at Chicago charter schools — and finds good news beyond test scores
Chicago's charter high schools seem to help students in the short- and long-run, but those schools also have higher student turnover.
November 16, 2017
How common is it for districts to share student contact info with charter schools? Here’s what we know.
Some districts explicitly do not share student information with charter schools. Others have clear rules for sharing. At least one city has carved out a compromise.
July 2, 2015
When schools add teaching time, planning and coordination can suffer
It can a challenge to keep critical preparation time from disappearing.
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