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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 16, 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...
CityLab | November 15, 2017
Mayors have to demonstrate extraordinary network leadership to expand their reach and impact beyond the limits of their formal powers. Successful mayors are able to articulate a clear vision and recruit a range of public and private sector partners to implement city improvement strategies. For example, though he did not...
Usable Knowledge | November 14, 2017
Political leaders at all levels, in all parties, continually pledge to expand opportunity and close gaps caused by poverty and inequality. But what would it take to really deliver on those promises? One approach is to put children at the center of these aspirations and to align community services and...
HGSE News | November 9, 2017
In an era of widespread disagreement on education reform, increased confidence in local control of education, and the absence of a dominant theory on where reform goes from here, visionary mayors are emerging as leaders of thought and action in defining a new role for municipalities to play in developing...
Speak United Blog | October 24, 2017
In 2013-14, the Salem school district was in crisis. The schools’ ranking was at a level 4, one of the lowest performing levels in a scale from 1 to 5. Almost 60% of the student population came from economically disadvantaged homes and nearly 70% were considered high needs students—an inequity...
Insider Louisville | October 2, 2017
A broad coalition of Louisville nonprofits, government and businesses plans to raise tens of millions of dollars to enable every Jefferson County Public Schools graduate to obtain at least a two-year college degree. The effort, called Louisville Promise , is in its early stages, but organizers hope to raise funds...
Salem News | October 1, 2017
It’s easy to be skeptical about school reform, because there have been so many efforts over so many years, all replete with their own jargon, and all producing still limited, and often unsuccessful, results. What’s different this time is that the onus is not just on the schools, it’s on...
Somerville Times | September 18, 2017
As part of a city-wide effort to expand out of school time learning opportunities, particularly in the middle grades, the East Somerville Community School is partnering with Citizen Schools this year to provide middle grade students with enriched learning opportunities that will equip them with real-world skills and guide them...
WPRI | September 5, 2017
When the bell rings and schools in Rhode Island’s capital city open their doors for another school year Tuesday morning, teachers throughout the district will be focusing on more than just math and English. Providence is one of many school districts across the country investing in social and emotional learning...

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