Equity Matters: Why Not All Schools Are Equal

Atlanta is my hometown. I grew up here, I’ve raised my family here, and I suspect I’ll always live here. I love pretty much everything about Atlanta: our neighborhoods, the parks, the restaurants, the Braves. It’s always been a place of economic opportunity, too, and as someone who has worked in Atlanta’s city government, community… Continue Reading →

The Impact of Mindfulness

“Alright guys. Find a safe place for you in the room and prepare to go inward. It’s just you in this safe place so give yourself a moment to just breathe. “Relax your eyes, drop your shoulders and simply breathe. As the thoughts come, acknowledge them and let them pass by, refocusing on your breathing.”… Continue Reading →

Why Project-Based Learning Matters in Turnaround Schools

Project-based learning (PBL) is an instructional approach that provides opportunities for students to collaborate and drive their own learning through an extended course of study of a real-life topic that is applicable to their lives. Continue Reading →

The Cracked Mirror

In this essay, Price Middle School Principal Luqman Abdur-Rahman considers how the work of an educator in a turnaround school is like that of a revolutionary, working to transform a system that has historically kept students from uncovering their true potential. In ‘The Cracked Mirror,’ Principal Abdur-Rahman explains why the work starts from within the educator. Continue Reading →

Education is the Gateway

When I was just 13 years old, I walked eight blocks, caught the subway, then walked another five blocks to get to my highly competitive school across the city. The trip was about one and a half hours each way. Continue Reading →