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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...
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...
Wicked Local: Somerville | October 17, 2017
The Center for Collaborative Education, in partnership with Somerville Public Schools, recently announced the acceptance of a $300,000 grant from the Barr Foundation to plan the redesign of the Somerville High School learning experience. The grant award is part of the Barr Foundation’s “Preparing for Post-Secondary Success Through the Wider...
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...
CBS - San Francisco | September 13, 2017
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said Wednesday that the first year of an ambitious effort to triple the number of low-income college graduates coming out of the city’s public schools has been successful but there’s still a lot of work to do. In a brief interview before the presentation of a...
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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