2020

CharterFolk X Vol 7 – Elaine Swafford, “As it Turns Out, It’s Not Really a Job.”

Good Morning, CharterFolk. This week I’m delighted to recognize Elaine Swafford, Executive Director of Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, as CharterFolk Extraordinaire. Elaine has contributed so much to the charter school movement, starting of course with her work at Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, which has blazed trails helping more girls excel in STEM fields. In the

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Brode Not Broad – What Happens When We Lose Our Voice

Good morning, CharterFolk Special thanks to a flurry of new subscribers in recent days. Very exciting! We’re within just a subscriber or two of meeting our Tennessee match. And we’re making encouraging progress against our broader match challenge to recruit new subscribers, complimentary or paid, anywhere in the country. When we get there, which at

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The Worst Good News and the Best Good News

Good morning, CharterFolk. Like many of you, I was saddened over the weekend to learn of the loss of Sir Ken Robinson. Sir Ken gave one of the most watched Ted Talks of all time about how schools can kill creativity. I have always liked also his follow up presentation where he talked about charter

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Empowering Parents More – The Picture that Haunts Me Still

Good morning, CharterFolk. First a few updates: Following up our inaugural CharterFolk Chat interview with Arne Duncan this month, Howard Fuller has agreed to be my next guest in September, and we will have Nina Rees in October. Special thanks to both Howard and Nina. Very excited to have them in the chute. Thanks also

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Cards on the Table – The Quest for Better Vision Now

Good morning, CharterFolk. As I alluded to in Tuesday’s introduction to the CharterFolk Chat with Arne Duncan … … I take Arne’s comments to be a challenge to us to find ways to make faster progress on the urgent issues that confront our movement and our country at this moment of unique risk and vulnerability.

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CharterFolk Chat with Arne Duncan

Good morning, CharterFolk. Today, I’m delighted to release our inaugural CharterFolk Chat with Arne Duncan. It was a great conversation where Arne described in strikingly urgent and honest terms the challenges that lie before our country. Coming at the issues from his own unique vantage point, he made a compelling argument for what we are

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