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May 01, 2013

Get to Know a C.E.O., with Michael Lombardo

We all know about the achievement gap between the rich and the poor, but we don't often acknowledge that schools do a particularly good job of educating kids when they have them. To close the achievement gap, we need the involvement of the community and more organizations like Reading Partners. Let's meet their CEO, Michael Lombardo.

February 21, 2013

Turning Theory into Action: The Role of the Foundation in Education

During a recent Twitter binge, I encountered an op-ed from 1970 scolding the efforts of the United States to implement technology into the learning experience. It held up shockingly well to today's environment. For Government theory to turn into Government action, the Foundation must act as the intermediary.

January 14, 2013

Get to Know a C.E.O., with Tiffany Cooper Gueye

Dr. Tiffany Cooper Gueye is the leader in charge of BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), a national non-profit organization that partners with schools and school districts to deliver high quality out-of-school time programs to underserved youth in grades K-8. Let's get to know her.

November 01, 2012

The Glass Forest

Two very different stories about capitalism and education.

October 26, 2012

Get to Know a C.E.O., with Gerald Chertavian

One young man, and in fact I was just speaking with him last night, he had some challenges growing up. He had dropped out of high school, he had a family that was physically abusive, and he really didn't understand how he was going to find his way in life. He heard about Year Up, came to us, and did incredibly well in the program. He ended up getting a job at State Street, did very well there, and most recently he was headhunted to come work at Bank of New York Mellon, where he is now managing fourteen people (three of whom are Year Up graduates and two of whom are Year Up interns). He has his college degree now having graduated with a 3.96 GPA. Very few percentage points of G.E.D. holders even get a college degree: this young man has his degree, he's employed, he's making really good money, and he's married (with a beautiful new son). He's happy, stable, contributing to the community, a tax payer, and at one point in his life he was in the adjudication system and, without a high school degree, dropped out at age 16.

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