In the News

Usable Knowledge | May 11, 2018
Oakland wants every student to have the resources to attend college—and early successes offer lessons for school and city leaders everywhere. Educators and policymakers from every pocket of the United States have committed to increasing college access for minority and low-income students, but it remains an elusive goal.
Usable Knowledge | March 22, 2018
The connection is clear: Closing persistent achievement gaps between advantaged and less-advantaged students will require paying much more attention to what happens in the hours after school and over the summer . Those are the moments when higher-income children are more likely to gain enrichment — and expand their learning...
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...
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...
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,...
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...

Pages

In the News