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Citizen Schools’ Newest Director Emeritus: Andrew Balson

After twenty-plus years in business, Balson left the for-profit world to tackle a different challenge:  ensuring every child has access to high quality education. Balson joined the Citizen Schools national board in 2005, and served as board chair from 2010-2015.  This year Balson accepted the role of Director Emeritus – a distinction shared by only…

Anti-Poverty Warriors

When I stepped into the shiny, anti-septic marble lobby of the Marriott that sunny July Tuesday. I had no idea what awaited me. I glanced up from my phone long enough to smile at the receptionist and collect my room key, but then resumed my oh-so-urgent text conversation with my then-boyfriend about the merits of…

Congratulations to the Presidential Volunteer Service Award Winners!

  As we say here at Citizen Schools, it takes a village to serve our students. Among the leaders in that village are volunteer Citizen Teachers, who play a critical role in introducing students to engaging opportunities and diverse careers. During the 2015-2016 school year, over 2,300 Citizen Teachers taught more than 1,000 apprenticeships, impacting…

Help Every Student Succeed!

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law by President Obama on December 10, 2015, keeps important accountability components, such as disaggregating and reporting data on student subgroups, but does away with one-size-fits-all federal requirements. Overall, ESSA calls on states, districts, and schools to offer ALL students a well-rounded education through increased flexibility over…

Lending an Ear

Some dream of inventing the next social network, others dream about creating the next Uber. Ajah and Naomi from Chicago’s Carter School of Excellence dream of using smart technology to help the hard of hearing. Hence “Earit” was born. A smartphone app prototype, Earit provides information about causes and symptoms of hearing loss and connects…