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Eric Schwarz
Eric Schwarz is the Co-Founder of Citizen Schools and the Executive Chairman of US2020. Citizen Schools a leading education nonprofit that partners with middle schools to expand the learning day for low-income children. The organization has been recognized as a national example by the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, and others for its path-breaking results, which have eliminated and even reversed achievement gaps in academic proficiency and on-time high school graduation. US2020 is a new organization formed through partnerships between education non-profits and corporate leaders in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.

Schwarz is the author of Realizing the American Dream: Historical Scorecard, Current Challenges, Future Opportunities, and the co-editor of The Case for Twenty-First Century Learning. Schwarz wrote a chapter, Calling All Citizens, in the recently published best-selling book, Waiting for Superman: How We Can Save America's Failing Public Schools.

Previously, Schwarz served as a Public Service Fellow at Harvard University and Vice President at City Year. He also served as a journalist and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Schwarz earned his B.A. at the University of Vermont and his Master’s in Education at Harvard University.

Entries by Eric Schwarz

The Most Powerful Renewable Resource -- Citizen Power

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2014 | 9:00 AM

On Monday, many of us enjoyed a day off from work to celebrate Labor Day. In the 132 years since the holiday was first celebrated as recognition of the contributions workers have made to the prosperity and well-being, both social and economic, of America, the original meaning and intent has...

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Why It's Never Too Early To Teach Kids The Skills They Need For Tomorrow

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 2:31 PM

Some might think that middle school is too early to talk about preparing for the skills needed for tomorrow's technology, but at Citizen Schools we think that the middle years are the best time.

When students start to explore their interests, connections to professionals in the industry...

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What Do Wichita and San Francisco Have In Common?

(4) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 10:31 AM

What do Wichita and San Francisco have in common? No, it's not a trick question, and the answer has nothing to do with politics or ideology or geography or weather. These cities -- along with Chicago; Allentown, Penn.; Research Triangle Park, N.C.; Philadelphia; and Indianapolis -- are the winners of...

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How Can We Encourage Students Of All Backgrounds To Go Into STEM?

(39) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 10:48 AM

Last week in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, network engineers helped 50 student robotics teams compete in Aerial Assist, a game in which students program and operate robots to toss as many balls into a goal as possible -- in just 150 seconds. Similarly, in San Jose, a group of...

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US2020 STEM Mentoring Effort Gathers Momentum

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 7:24 PM

The call was answered. Last month 52 cities self-organized to compete in a nation-wide competition designed to address one of our nation's great challenges. I am honored today to announce the finalists of the US2020 STEM Mentoring City Competition.

What is our challenge? By 2018...

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Citizen Power, Multiplied

(0) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 12:47 PM

"I want to be a professional football player in the NFL," Abdullah said, on the first day of a professional networking class he signed up for at his middle school.

Jessica Fick, a former member of AmeriCorps, was facilitating the class with Charlie Bini, an AmeriCorps Teaching Fellow...

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Expanded Learning Time Summit Looks to Build Movement, Scale Success

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 6:39 PM

More than 200 educators and district leaders from 13 school districts across seven states gathered last Friday and Saturday to discuss how Expanded Learning Time (ELT) can improve learning for students and help schools reach new common core standards, and how to pay for it.

The third annual Citizen Schools...

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How We Can Solve the STEM Crisis Through Innovation

(1) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 2:56 PM

America, it's time to solve the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) crisis. Great scientists -- innovators like Edison, Einstein, and Rachel Carson -- think outside of the box. They look at the natural world in novel ways, opening new pathways forward for humanity. Why should our approach to STEM...

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Why We Need a Longer School Day

(74) Comments | Posted May 11, 2012 | 10:55 AM

Yesterday, the National Center on Time and Learning and the Ford Foundation announced the launch of the "Time to Succeed" Coalition, a group dedicated to -- gasp! -- more time in school. I added my name as a signatory, along with cosignatories such as Mike Feinberg and Dave...

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