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49 Schools Closed, Now What?

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 10.13.2013 | Impact
Jacqueline Edelberg

In the midst of the current finger-pointing, vitriol, political might and gut-wrenching sadness surrounding Chicago's impending school closures, one might easily conclude that the fate of education is beyond our control. It is not.

Can Kangaroo Dads Beat Tiger Moms?

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 12.23.2012 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

We all know that our students need to do better at math and science to be competitive in the new world economy, and sure, we also want them to be crackerjack American innovators, but what are we really doing to motivate them?

Real Rahm, Fake Rahm, and Louder Than A Bomb

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

The creator of the infamous fake Twitter account, donated his reward to Young Chicago Authors, the subject of the powerful new documentary, Louder Than A Bomb.

If Gov. Walker Thinks Wisconsin's Illinois, Dream On

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

The question still remains: In what backwards universe could adults allow this deplorable situation to fester?

Chicago Schools Serve Up Breakfast, But Not Everyone's Happy

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

The food mega-giant Chartwells Thompson just won a ginormous contract from the federal government contract to provide a free breakfast to every single Chicago Public School student.

Great Teaching: Not Just a Good Idea, It's the Law (Almost)

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

Imagine running a business with tenured employees who only need to demonstrate "competence." What would your workplace climate feel like? What kind of product would you produce?

Chicago's Mayoral Candidates Duke It Out on Education

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

Education reform will take leadership from the top, but ultimately it's our collective responsibility to wrap our arms around our schools, and make them the heart of our communities.

What Teachers Really Want for Christmas

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

Surely they wouldn't mind some re-gifted tchochkies; after all, it's just a gesture, right? Turns out, they do mind.

Hooray for Healthy Lunches!

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

When it comes to health and wellness initiatives, Nettelhorst, my neighborhood's public elementary school, has moved mountains.

Geoffrey Canada Leads the Charge

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

If we're going to see school reform, real school reform, we're going to need to start asking tough questions and demanding serious answers. Kudos to Mr. Canada for leading the charge.

Creating Chemistry

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

When my group of park friends set about fixing Nettelhorst, our neighborhood's underutilized and underperforming local school, the infrastructure team had a clear mandate: conjure up some chemistry on a budget of nothing. And fast.

Political Will

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

Whether your state is red, blue, or some shade in between, no matter. Vote on November 2nd. And when you do, be sure to vote for the people who are putting kids first.

Principals Can't Go It Alone

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

If all principals had a customizable blueprint and an army of loyal parent-soldiers, we could see real systemic change.

You are Superman

Jacqueline Edelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Jacqueline Edelberg

We were eight park moms who galvanized neighborhood parents and then organized an entire community to take a leap of faith, transforming a challenged urban school into one of Chicago's best, virtually overnight.