Maureen Kelleher

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Senior Writer and Editor

Chicago, Illinois

Maureen Kelleher is senior writer and editor at Education Post.

Previously she spent a decade as a reporter, blogger and policy analyst. Her work has been published across the education world, from Education Week to the Center for American Progress. Between 1998 and 2006 she was an associate editor at Catalyst Chicago, the go-to magazine covering Chicago’s public schools. There, her reporting won awards from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the International Reading Association and the Society for Professional Journalists.

A former high school English teacher, she is also the proud mom of an elementary student at Chicago’s Namaste Charter School.

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Posted June 25, 2018

When Restorative Justice Is Done Right, It Can Make Schools Safer, Even When Your Kid Is the Victim

The day another kid tried to choke my daughter, it would have been easy to go full-force Mama Bear and…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 16, 2018

School Counselor of the Year Kirsten Perry Isn’t a Savior, She’s Just Here to Help

In just two years, school counselor Kirsten Perry has served as a catalyst for transforming North Lawndale Community Academy, a…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted May 11, 2018

My Neighborhood Was Terrorized by Police Raids But It Was the Teachers Who Kept Us Safe

Most years, I celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week with smiles and maybe a nice card for my daughter’s teacher. This year,…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Apr. 6, 2018

This Real-Life Black Panther Is Way More Badass Than Any Movie Character

Mary Scott-Boria, 67, has had a long and distinguished career in Chicago’s civic world: first executive director of the Chicago…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Mar. 13, 2018

He Was Tortured by Police and Sent to Prison for 24 Years for a Crime He Didn’t Commit. Now He’s Telling His Story to Students.

As a teenager on the streets of Chicago’s South Side, Darrell Cannon learned not to trust the police—a lesson that…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Mar. 7, 2018

This New Report Is Fighting Charter School and Special Education Myths With Facts

To hear tell from charter opponents, students with disabilities and charters don’t mix. Their story about charters and special-needs students…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Mar. 6, 2018

IDEA Public Schools Is Bringing 20 New Schools to Texas and Ana Martinez Is Leading the Charge

For the last decade, IDEA Public Schools has been steadily improving student outcomes in the Rio Grande Valley, one of…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Feb. 14, 2018

My Kid’s School Ditched Daddy-Daughter Dances for a ‘Loved One and Me’ Dance

To an extent, I can relate to the disappointment of those Staten Island families who had their school dance postponed…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 31, 2018

Coffee Break: Talking Pour-Overs, Implicit Bias and Empathy With Seth Gershenson

In 2015, a study showing how implicit bias affects teacher expectations by Seth Gershenson and two colleagues made waves throughout…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Jan. 31, 2018

Dear Janice Jackson, I Hope You’re Open to Honest Conversations with Parents in Chicago Public Schools

Janice, you and I know each other. I remember talking with you back when you were a principal at Al…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted July 18, 2018

Coffee Break: Oakland’s Lakisha Young Is Done Waiting for Superman and Ready for Parents to Take the Lead

Lakisha Young is executive director of The Oakland REACH. She has dedicated her career to promoting access to quality schools because she knows firsthand that…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted July 17, 2018

Superintendent Tom Boasberg Is Stepping Down After Nearly a Decade of Bringing the Community Together for Better Schools

I suppose Tom Boasberg is a successful “education reformer.” The policy resume (charters, accountability, innovation) certainly checks out. And Denver Public Schools invariably gets mentioned…

By Michael Vaughn

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Posted July 17, 2018

4 Things Every First-Year Teacher Needs to Know

Recently, I shared with a colleague that I was about to start my new job as an assistant professor of education, assisting first-year teachers as…

By Zachary Wright 

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