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Meg Campbell
Meg Campbell is founder and Executive Director of Codman Academy Charter Public School, an inner-city high school in Boston that for ten years has seen 100 percent of its graduates accepted to four-year colleges. The school won the Commonwealth Award, Massachusetts’ highest award in arts and culture for its unique partnership with The Huntington Theatre where all students study and perform Shakespeare. Codman is also the only school in the country located inside a community health center. It has been honored by the governor and the mayor for its innovative partnerships with Codman Square Health Center to teach nutrition and wellness and to prepare low-income students for careers in health care. Ms. Campbell was a Lecturer at Harvard Graduate School of Education and founding Executive Director of Expeditionary Learning, a national network of schools inspired by Outward Bound’s pedagogy and principles. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard-Radcliffe, a master’s in education from Wheelock College and C.A.C.S. from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Entries by Meg Campbell

To Maine With Love

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 7:39 PM

"Everyone thinks I'm crazy for wanting to go to the University of Maine instead of UMass Boston," Kyesha Slaughter said to me last week, clutching an envelope. "Can we talk about it? I have to mail my deposit today."

"What about the money?" I asked.

"It would cost...

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Learning by Protesting at French Consulate?

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2013 | 5:36 PM

Codman Academy students have been all over the news with their protest at the French Consulate over the travel advisory to French tourists to avoid Boston's neighborhoods of color: Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan.

After they presented their letter to Deputy Consul Henry, a reporter asked our Principal, Thabiti Brown, "Shouldn't...

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Sing Me the Learning

(0) Comments | Posted June 29, 2012 | 1:48 PM

Take a look at the Lady Gaga parody,"Snakes Are Born This Way," created by second graders and their teachers at Conservatory Lab Charter School in Boston for a smile and a reminder of what learning and high quality student work can look like. For instance, notice the multiple...

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News Bulletin: Top Students Pick College Based on Academics!

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2012 | 3:39 PM

In an effort to lure top high school students to enroll and their parents to pay annual tuition, room and board pushing into the $50,000-plus stratosphere, many private colleges have been on a building and amenities spree in the past decade. A recent front page story in The...

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What I Owe Margarita Muñiz

(9) Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 5:12 PM

2011-11-17-MargaritaMuniz.jpg 39 years ago, Margarita Muñiz's first teaching job in Boston was at the Agassiz School as a bilingual elementary teacher. She went on to serve as principal of the successful two-way dual language Rafael Hernandez School in Boston where she has been...

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To Save Lives: Why Our School Went Junk Food Free

(2) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 5:58 PM


Educators giving students the choice between carrots and chips, as reported in a recent New York Times article, is not a choice: it is negligent. Despite the alarming childhood and teen obesity epidemic, school personnel serve as "detail" sales people for...

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My Secret to Raising SAT Scores

(7) Comments | Posted September 27, 2011 | 3:30 PM

My secret advice to raising SAT scores is to read the New Yorker magazine weekly -- or another magazine that is a reach to read because it's written for adults, not teens. There are other good reasons to read the New Yorker, but if you...

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Bragging Rights: Earning Summer Credit for Enrichment

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 6:48 AM

Our Expeditionary Learning school has a unique graduation requirement: 2 summer credits earned in programs or work we approve. Affluent parents take investing in summer enrichment for their children as a given. Thanks to our board members, donors, faculty and parents, our students also have incredible learning opportunities...

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What's Your Intention This School Year?

(1) Comments | Posted August 30, 2011 | 9:03 PM

"To make a way when there is no way." Thony Ferdinand
"To listen past the noise." Greg Carlson
"To live with discipline and joy." Haley Malm
"To remain rooted and grateful." Liz Butler

Intentions are a powerful way to launch...

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My Favorite Libraries: "Your Informal School, College and University"

(7) Comments | Posted August 18, 2011 | 4:25 PM


Yesterday, my colleague Thabiti Brown called me in California from the beautiful courtyard inside the Boston Public Library (View image). Like me, Thabiti is happy to spend a precious summer vacation day at the library. The...

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Inside Lies Magic: Investing Time in June for Planning for Next Year

(6) Comments | Posted July 7, 2011 | 3:40 PM

One of my favorite books is called Outside Lies Magic by Harvard School of Design Professor John Stilgoe. I used to assign it to my Harvard Graduate School of Education students who were designing curriculum because teachers tend to equate staying indoors with learning. Stilgoe's basic...

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Student Advice For Hiring Teachers

(5) Comments | Posted June 10, 2011 | 2:43 PM

In the spring of 2000, before hiring any teachers for our new urban high school, I invited the students who had been accepted by lottery to give me advice on how to select teachers. These students were completing eighth grade and their advice is as sound today, as it was...

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Test Season

(3) Comments | Posted May 30, 2011 | 12:43 PM

I'm not a hunter, but when I was living in Vermont years ago, I couldn't help but take visceral note when deer hunting season posted each fall. This must be how our colleagues at Codman Square Health Center (with whom we share our site) must feel when state...

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Laughter, Joy and Friendship in School?

(0) Comments | Posted April 25, 2011 | 1:23 PM

I was taking photographs at our recent College Speed Dating event and snapped this one of our Principal, Thabiti Brown and Dean of Enrichment, Nora Dowley, sharing a laugh. We are a pretty serious bunch at our school, but this photograph got...
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Junk Food Free: Never Underestimate the Power of Young People to Make Change

(8) Comments | Posted April 7, 2011 | 2:26 PM

We read about food deserts, but this afternoon, I was reminded what it means to work smack dab in the center of one. At Codman Academy, in Dorchester, Mass., our Nutrition Action Club has organized Junk Food Free Spring, and to keep students motivated to follow...

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