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Breakthrough Schools: Chicago

Starting a New School

Although starting a new school from the bottom up would seem daunting to most, Principal July Cyrwus of Lorca Elementary School was up to the challenge. “In September 2010, I…

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From Student-Centered to Student-Led

Mary Beth Cunat’s path to school leadership was far from traditional. “In my wildest dreams I never thought I would be a teacher,” she said. “But I took my first…

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Implementing Design-Thinking

In 2012, Scott Frauenheim was named Director of CICS West Belden, and he enthusiastically led the school through The Fund’s Summer Design Program (SDP) in 2013. His team used the SDP to…

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Shared Leadership and Innovative Solutions

Ginger Lumpkin has been an urban educator for more than 20 years. As a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) graduate, teacher and administrator, and the parent of a CPS student, Ginger…

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