All posts by: Mike Vaughn

This Fifth-Grade Teacher Has Some Questions for Betsy DeVos

By Caroline Corcoran Despite my middling efforts, I was not invited to question Betsy DeVos ahead of her confirmation hearing as secretary of education—it certainly would have been nice to be invited. Alas, the hearing was on a school day, so...

Coffee Break: Mendell Grinter on Advocating for Kids Like Him to Beat the Odds

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins Few 20-somethings have a LinkedIn profile that reads like a professional whose experiences expand over a couple of decades. Perhaps that’s why Mendell Grinter, was recently named to Forbes’ 30 under 30. Since graduating from college, Mendell has...

Coffee Break: Angelica Infante-Green on inclusion, language power, and getting all kids ‘up the hill’

As a Deputy Commissioner for the New York State Education Department,  Angelica Infante-Green is making a difference in the critical areas of special education and bilingual education for students all across the state. And as a parent, she helped create...

A Denver Teacher’s Call for ‘More Urgent Path Forward’ on Improving Schools

The Denver Board of Education last month voted to phase out or close three elementary schools for poor performance and declining enrollment. In the wake of that tough decision, Denver teacher Kathleen Anderson wrote this piece about the importance of...

Coffee Break: Santa on Reading Beyond Kids’ Wish Lists

Going way back to the days that all of us were kids, one man has been the star of our winter breaks. And he still is that for kids everywhere today. The prospect of Santa coming on Christmas Eve and...

Coffee Break: Priscilla Agbeo on Loving Her ‘Blackness’ From Chicago to Stanford

By Katelyn Silva Priscilla Agbeo is a junior at Stanford University, where she is focused on African and African American studies. She is also a woman of color—an African immigrant from the South Side of Chicago with a low-income background....

Coffee Break: NCTQ’s Kate Walsh on How the ‘Tide is Turning’ on Teacher Quality

By Peter Cunningham Since 2003, Kate Walsh has been working hard to improve the teaching force in our schools—an undisputed key to better academic performance. She’s served as the president of the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) during that time,...

Coffee Break: Lori Barden on What Works Best for Schools and Why More Parents Should Run for Office

By Katelyn Silva Lori Barden is a parent of two school-aged boys, Tanner (7) and Will (12), who attend an intentionally diverse public charter school in Rhode Island. She just completed a run to become District 59 State Representative in...

A Can’t-Miss Episode of “As the Charters Turn”

How many episodes of “As the Charters Turn” have you seen on the TV news. I’ve lost track. It’s a required part of doing comms for a charter-friendly school district. But they get to be hard to take…kind of the...

On the Wire…Trump’s Ed Pick, New DC Chancellor, ESSA Help for Districts

Trump’s Ed Pick Elevates a Troubling School-Choice Model Betsy DeVos was officially announced last week as the nominee for US Secretary of Education in the upcoming Trump Administration. She makes perfect sense from a policy and politics standpoint: strong proponent...