Teaching Laquan McDonald
Chicago's Top Educator Moves Boldly
Global Challenges Come to the Classroom
Black Lives vs. the Obama Presidential Library

The 34-day hunger strike supporting a community revitalization plan for Dyett High School in Chicago is a microcosm of a conflict between the right of Black urban residents to reside where they choose versus the subtle steering of public housing and gentrification decisions. – Read More »
Language Learning for STEM Education

A U.S. Department of Education grant project is proving that curriculum built on students' funds of knowledge, particularly language skills, can increase student engagement and performance in science, technology, engineering and mathematics classrooms. – Read More »
Urban Teens Demand Environmental Justice

When race, socioeconomic status and pollution collide in Chicago's Little Village neighborhood, providing teens with the tools to investigate the extent and impact of pollution empowers community change. – Read More »
Race & Equity
Writing Program Empowers Mothers in Shelter

For women staying at Maria Shelter in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood, opportunities to write about their experiences may be scarce. A community engagement project is ensuring these women's voices and experiences are heard. – Read More »
Creating Calm Communities

Pilot programs in Chicago Public School classrooms seek to use mindfulness techniques, nature videos and group discussions to mitigate the harmful effects of urban trauma in schools. – Read More »
Socioeconomic Diversity for Selective Enrollment

At Chicago's selective enrollment Lindblom High School, neighborhood students are woefully under-represented. Strategies to attract elementary students and their parents are paying off in changing perceptions about selective enrollment attendance. – Read More »
Are Minority Students Under-Represented in Special Education?

A study from Penn State University indicated racial, ethnic, and language minority students are under-represented in special education services, contrary to a vast amount of research stating the exact opposite. An analysis of the causes of confusion and why perception of under-representation might actually be over-representation. – Read More »
The Decline of the Urban Black Teacher

The proportion of Black teachers in Chicago Public Schools has declined from 40 percent to 23 percent over the last 15 years. One researcher argues the problem has nothing to do with teacher candidates and everything to do with how the inequities of urban public schools socialize Black youth and teens away from the profession. – Read More »
Stemonomics: A STEM Crisis for Blacks and Latinos

The STEM workforce crisis in America is not about open jobs and unqualified workers. In a longform analysis, teachers, researchers and non-profit leaders make the case that America must open the STEM doors to Black and Latino youth. – Read More »
Ending Poverty’s College Barriers

Bowen High School alumnus Darryl Warr was shot twice on the streets of Chicago's south side. Some might say he's an unlikely candidate to go to college. Nia Abdullah disagrees. – Read More »
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