Author: Maureen Kelleher

Chicago Unheard blog manager Maureen Kelleher also serves as a senior writer and editor at brightbeam, a nonprofit network of education activists demanding a better education and brighter future for every child. Before joining the brightbeam team, she spent a decade as a reporter, blogger and policy analyst. Her work has been published across the education world, from Education Week to the Center for American Progress. Between 1998 and 2006 she was an associate editor at Catalyst Chicago, the go-to magazine covering Chicago’s public schools. There, her reporting won awards from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the International Reading Association and the Society for Professional Journalists. A former high school English teacher, she is also the proud mom of an elementary student in the Chicago Public Schools. Find her on Twitter at @KelleherMaureen.
K1C Parent Board

CPS Parents Tell Kids First Chicago How to Fix Remote Learning This Year

In July 2020, Kids First Chicago spoke with 163 CPS parents about their recommendations for the upcoming school year. They included four dual-language focus groups to connect with Spanish-speaking parents. This is very important since the district and many individual schools still struggle to communicate effectively with parents who primarily speak Spanish. (Let alone parents who speak other languages!) You…

Miracle Boyd

After Last Weekend’s Police Brutality, Chicago Youth and Allies Call to Remove Cops from CPS, Defund Police

I know people all over town are having big feelings about what happened at Friday night’s protest in Grant Park. Many of us are outraged and appalled by CPD’s treatment of Good Kids Mad City organizer Miracle Boyd, who just graduated from the Chicago Public Schools and was recently featured in a Block Club article about an anti-violence march she…

Closed Playground

CPS Will Likely Share Reopening Plans Soon–Here’s What I Want to See

Last Friday, Block Club reported that the Chicago Public Schools will release more details about its reopening plans this week. It also quoted Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Allison Arwady as saying some students may have a chance to go back in person this fall, “if we are able to keep our outbreak basically in control, as it is.”…

Everyone Counts

Chavez Elementary Students Say “Everyone Counts” in Census 2020

In the middle of all the intensity 2020 has thrown our way, let’s not forget a very important task families can do to support their schools: complete the Census 2020! Which, if you haven’t already done it, you can do right here: Billions of dollars in federal and state money for schools, students and families is distributed on the…

Counselor Ms. Huck with family

Parents Say, When It Comes to Helping Kids Find the Right High School, LEARN Charter’s Carol Huck Gets the Job Done

Micah Peace is proud of his daughter, London, who just graduated from eighth grade and is on her way to Westinghouse College Prep. And he’s very pleased with the support he got from Carol Huck, counselor at LEARN Charter, to help London find the right school for her and for their family. (Carol Huck is pictured at the far right…

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