Archive for the From the Media Category

As violence surrounds, Chicago school’s partnership with suburban church offers students help, hope

As violence surrounds, Chicago school’s partnership with suburban church offers students help, hope

This week we’re sharing a powerful narrative, originally written by David Paulson for the Episcopal News Service about a unique and crucial church-school partnership in Chicago’s violent North Lawndale neighborhood. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Park Ridge, IL works in partnership with Community Christian Alternative Academy –

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How Churches can Build Bridges for English Language Learners

It’s not news to say that many public schools have high concentrations on ELL or English Language Learners with their student bodies. In fact, recent data shows that nearly 10% of public school students in the US are English Language Learners. Churches often form early bonds with

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Real Talk: A Year Of Loss, Fear, And Hope In A Chicago School

As 2016 moves farther into the rear view mirror, many of us are left with mixed emotions. Some relief to see a year so full of turmoil come to an end, some hope to start anew with a flip of the calendar, and some fear and grief

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Worth a Listen: Education Stories to Watch in 2017

Worth a Listen: Education Stories to Watch in 2017

Today NPR’s Claudio Sanchez made 5 predictions about education in the US for 2017. Increased emphasis on school choice, voucher programs, charter school expansion are all likely under the incoming administration. As are cuts to early childhood education. Tensions between teachers union and government officials could also

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Where is the political will for public ed?

“Maybe we need a teacher to run for president.” So said Professor Linda Darling-Hammond of Stanford University during a campus event on how to address education inequity. (To read more about it, CLICK HERE.) We say, Amen! A new study published last week by Stanford’s Graduate School of Education reports

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Bear one another’s burdens…

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2 Stand with Detroit Public Schools As AOC prepares to be immersed in Trinity Institute 2016: Listen for Change – Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice, happening this weekend, we are holding the Detroit Public Schools

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Quality Counts 2016: EdWeek’s State Report Cards Map

Quality Counts 2016: EdWeek's State Report Cards Map

Every year Education Week publishes Quality Counts a report card of how well – or poorly – the nation’s 50 states educate their K-12 students. The map they publish shows in stark detail that American students have vastly different prospects for successful life outcomes, depending on where they are

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Every Student, Every Day

Every Student, Every Day

“There should be no barriers when it comes to providing young people with a quality education.” Broderick Johnson, White House Cabinet Secretary and Chair of the My Brother’s Keeper Task Force We couldn’t agree with that statement more. Last week the Obama Administration launched Every Student, Every

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The Problem We All Live With from This American Life

The Problem We All Live With from This American Life

Integration: incorporation as equals into society or an organization of individuals of different groups. For those of you who may not be familiar with This American Life, we wanted to share with you their most recent radio program titled “The Problem We All Live With”. This episode

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When will a child’s zipcode become irrelevant?

When will a child's zipcode become irrelevant?

We here at AOC know that zipcode is (unfortunately) a huge indicator as to the quality of life and education for children and families in the US. This week we heard a segment on NPR about a recent study about how where kids grow up affect their

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