Author: Chyrise Harris

The Real World for Black Parents, Teachers and Students in America

This is the true story of 40 strangers picked to meet in a park, talk together and have their conversations taped, to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real… on education. Okay, so this isn’t an episode of The Real World, and the MTV series that sparked a reality television revolution probably isn’t recording…

Coffee Break: Denver Board of Education President Anne Rowe on how innovation zones are empowering schools to reach new levels of student achievement

For several months, ed reformers and policy wonks have followed David Osborne all around the country to hear hear how innovation hubs like Denver, New Orleans, Indianapolis, and Washington DC are successfully Reinventing America’s Schools. As a Denverite, who has worked in Denver Public Schools as well as the district’s charter sector, it’s been nice to see the Mile High…

Ashawnty Davis deserved to walk the same halls as me and live to achieve her own dreams

When I think back on my time as a student at Sunrise Elementary School, I think of musical performances, getting my first “A,” and meeting my best friend Haley, whose kids are my godchildren today. These are the kinds of things that 10-year-old Ashawnty Davis will never get the chance to look back on and remember. She’ll never realize her…

Think you know what kids need to be prepared for college? The state thinks you do, so speak up.

Nobody knows your child better than you, so doesn’t it make sense that you should have some say in what they’re being taught in school? Yes? Well you’re in luck. The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) wants to hear from you. So, tell the state what you think about the proposed revisions to our academic standards. The revisions aim to…