Author: Maureen Kelleher

Maureen Kelleher is a senior writer and editor at Education Post, but before that 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 at Chicago’s Namaste Charter School. Find her on Twitter at @KelleherMaureen.

Let’s Ensure Trans and Gender Diverse Kids #WontBeErased at School

While political leaders score points by bullying trans and gender diverse people, schools and advocates can ensure all our kids are welcome at school. On Sunday, the New York Times reported that the Trump administration is considering ways to define a person’s sex that would eliminate Title IX protections for transgender people and others who express their gender identity in…

At Embarc, Sending Kids to College Is Not the Holy Grail

Meet Embarc, a youth-serving organization that bucks conventional wisdom and is deliberately reducing the number of its grads who enroll in college. We’ve already discussed their unconventional approach to social-emotional learning; in this post, Embarc co-founder Imran Khan describes their groundbreaking perspective on life after high school. In a time when too many students leave college with debt but no…

To Boost College Admissions Equity, Let’s Support High-Achieving Freshmen of Color

The first year of high school is a challenge to everyone. CPS has increased supports for high school freshmen, but high-achievers are still shorted. A new report suggests this has lasting consequences for district equity in college admissions. In a district where many students may have attended the same school from kindergarten through eighth grade, ninth grade means finding a…

Embarc Takes Kids Who Have Never Seen the Lake on Journeys that Blow their Minds

Recently, my colleague Tanesha Peeples had the chance to sit down with Amanda Long, a former teacher at Fenger High, and Imran Khan, a fomer teacher at Harper High School. Khan and his Harper colleague January Miller cofounded Embarc, a nonprofit that partners with 18 CPS high schools to provide three years of community-based experiential education, or “journeys,” that inspire…

Let CPS Run Pre-K Admissions

Let’s end the horror stories from parents about trying to enroll in CPS PreK. The obvious answer: let CPS handle the enrollment system. Ironically, CPS doesn’t manage its own preK enrollment process. The City of Chicago handles it through the Chicago Early Learning web site. If folks need help live, they don’t go to the places where they hope to…

Resources for Teaching About the Kavanaugh Nomination

It’s never easy to tackle highly-charged issues in the classroom. The recent furor over whether Brett Kavanaugh is fit to serve as a Supreme Court Justice is particularly complicated. The Kavanaugh hearings have sparked emotion and controversy across a range of issues: huge outpourings of stories from survivors of sexual assault, arguments about political partisanship and executive privilege, and questions…

The Furor over Fingerprints for LSC Members

Can CPS protect kids from sexual predators and immigrant parents from deportation at the same time? That’s the question behind the fuss over fingerprinting for undocumented LSC members. (According to a Tweet from Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education, CEO Janice Jackson said she was “open to dialogue” on the topic.) In 1999, a state law was passed requiring…