Posts tagged with: Coffee Break

Coffee Break: Tulsa’s Talia Shaull on Peruvian Coffee, Developing Talented Teachers, and Embracing Innovation

Putting the best talent in front of students in every classroom is among the toughest and most important challenges in public education. Talia Shaull tackles that challenge for the Tulsa Public Schools, where she serves as the Chief Talent Officer....

Coffee Break: Colorado Ed Reformer Mike Johnston on DeVos, DACA, and his future in the Democratic Party

By Katelyn Silva Mike Johnston was a Teach For America corps member in the Mississippi Delta, a principal for six years in Colorado, and served as a senior education advisor to President Obama. He just wrapped his tenure in the Colorado...

Coffee Break: Denver Refugee Student Zahra Abdulameer on the Power of Inclusivity and Diversity

Zahra Abdulameer and her family came to Denver in 2009 from Iraq. She’s one of many refugee students who attend Denver’s South High School—a “welcoming center” school for refugees. She’s one of the students who talked with the leadership of...

Coffee Break: Chicago Principal Sonia Wang on How Community Context Makes a Difference in the Classroom

By Katelyn Silva Sonia Wang is an educator on the South Side of Chicago who began as a literacy and writing teacher at a district elementary school. She is now a new principal at the University of Chicago Charter School...

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: 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...

Coffee Break: Phyllis Lockett on What’s Going to Change the Game for Every Student Across America

When school reform first came to Chicago in the mid-1990s, with Mayor Richard M. Daley taking control of the city’s public schools, it hinged on an ambitious plan to open dozens of new schools throughout the city. One of the...