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The Philadelphia Citizen | March 19, 2018
When Joseph Curtatone, the mayor of Somerville, Massachusetts, hears about a problem in a local school—low attendance rate, or dropping scores, or incidents of violence—he doesn’t just reach out to his schools superintendent, or to principals, to find out what can be done to solve it. Instead, the Mayor of...
San Francisco Chronicle | March 15, 2018
Abby Friedman was thrilled when she got a text this week from one of the students she counsels at the college resource center at Coliseum College Preparatory Academy in Oakland — the teen had been accepted at Wesleyan University. Friedman texted back to ask whether the school said anything about...
Brookings | March 1, 2018
As personalized learning research gains momentum, there is one big piece that has been missing from agendas. All leading definitions claim that personalized learning is primarily about addressing individual students’ needs . For around a fifth of children in the U.S., key needs include health, food and housing. But the...
City Connects | January 18, 2018
Salem is becoming a city that’s prepared to provide children with the support, help, and enrichment that they need to thrive, Emily Ullman says, instead of addressing crises after they occur. Ullman is the Director of Extended Learning Programs at Salem Public Schools. She’s also one of the city officials...
Commonwealth Magazine | January 9, 2018
This year marks a significant milestone in the state’s rich history of leadership in education. It was 25 years ago that Massachusetts officials came together to pass the landmark Education Reform Act of 1993. With a huge infusion of new funding, much of it directed at districts educating lots of...
The Salem News | January 7, 2018
While it takes a village to raise a child, school officials are launching a campaign to help the village with the child's education as well. A confluence of programs are coming together in a new Salem Public Schools initiative called "Our Salem, Our Kids." Through it, the support of the...
City of Providence | December 21, 2017
Providence, RI- Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today announced that the Providence School Board formally approved the hiring of six school culture coordinators at a special public meeting held at the Providence Public School District’s offices last night. School culture coordinators represent a new initiative by Mayor Elorza and the school...
Telegram News: Worcester, MA | December 6, 2017
As the state’s secretary of education from 2008 to 2013, Paul Reville oversaw a public system that, thanks in part to landmark reform adopted in the early 1990s, was producing student success that ranked among the best in the nation.
San Francisco Chronicle | November 17, 2017
LeAna Powell considered buying life insurance for her first-born son because she had seen too many black males killed in Oakland and didn’t want to be among the countless mothers she knew who struggled to pay for a funeral. It never occurred to her to plan for his college education,...
Stanford Social Innovation Review | November 15, 2017
Libby Schaaf’s career—first as an attorney, then running a nonprofit, and now as mayor of Oakland—is the journey of a cross-sector leader. Mayor Libby Schaaf’s career wound its way through multiple sectors, starting when she was an attorney at the city’s largest law firm, always seeking a way to make...

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