Ideas In Action

Why Improv Comedy Is Being Used to Teach High Schoolers Leadership Skills

Imagine a school where students are funny — On purpose. Now imagine a school where being funny makes students better learners. That is what’s happening for Chicago Public High School students who are developing improvisational theater skills intended to help them become more successful in engaging with their peers, the outside world, and potential employers. […]

My Kid's Not Normal

Empower Teachers to Impact Every Student

Quamasia was a middle-schooler at a large public school in central Brooklyn when her teacher, Louis Olander, met her. Their first encounter wasn’t ideal: Louis visited Quamasia’s classroom to pick up a bookshelf, and Quamasia catcalled Louis all the way out the door. The next time Louis saw her, she was in his “Special Ed” […]

Ideas In Action

“School Within a School” Program Aims to Help Disengaged Students Find Success

“From a system standpoint, we can be somewhat penalized for students who start with a particular class but don’t graduate with that group. We have a two-fold reason for doing this but number one is to help the students,” said Superintendent Ann Roy Moore.