Love or Grit: Which Is a Better Indicator of Academic Achievement?

“Poverty of love causes so much violence. When you truly got love, and you know you got love, it helps you function better, you feel better about yourself, you care more about other people, you care about the neighborhood you’re from.”  –Common (Chicago Magazine, Oct. 2014) This quote from the socially-conscious rapper Common resonates so […]

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8 Ways Any High School Can Be More “College Prep”

Yes, the advice in this blog comes from gasp, a charter school. But any school interested in building a college-bound school culture can implement some of these tools and strategies. If you want your students to ask not “Will I go to college?” but rather “Where will I go to college?” then read on. Chicago Math […]

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Great Schools Are Strong Communities

In his seminal book Building Community in Schools(1994), Dr. Thomas J. Sergiovanni, a senior fellow for the Center for Educational Leadership at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, makes such a case: “Community building must become the heart of any school improvement effort. Whatever else is involved—improving teaching, developing sensible curriculum, creating new forms of governance, […]

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A Clearer Picture of the Education Gap in America

Students at Chicago Math and Science Academy enjoy new school supplies donated by Morningstar. This school year, for the first time in history, there will be more minority students than white students in K-12 schools in America. Should that really be surprising, seeing as in 2012 the U.S. Census Bureau predicted that whites will become […]

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Summer’s Not over Yet! There’s Still Time to Prevent “Summer Learning Loss” and Narrow the Achievement Gap

Before you start shopping for back-to-school shoes and taking the last dip in the neighborhood pool, take some time to “retrain” your kids’ brains for the upcoming school year. Yes, these lazy days of summer are necessary to refresh young minds; but they also have a measurable negative effect on kids’ memory and academic performance, […]

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Two Concept Schools Firsts! MIT Graduate and University of Chicago Full-Ride

HSA-Columbus 2009 alumnus Dorma Flemister graduated from MIT on June 6, 2014 This school year marked two historic firsts for the Concept Schools network—which includes 30 schools in 6 Midwest states and which began in 1999—and both are from Horizon Science Academy Columbus, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. We could not be prouder of […]

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Charter Schools: One Way to Close the Educational Achievement Gap

Diversity is not an aspirational concept; it is America. As the American population and workforce become increasingly more diverse, we can’t afford to ignore the wide achievement gap that exists between students from African American and Latino backgrounds and white students. Startling Statistics The latest ACT scores show that: College-ready in math:          […]

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All Students Deserve a Better Education

A hot-topic debate in countries  throughout the world is over educating the up and coming youth. The United States is known for having some of the best institutions of higher learning, but also for routinely setting the bar low for K-12 education. Many parents have become frustrated by the terrible spending policies in public school […]

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