A unique blog and two caring students help a history teacher cope with MS.
Kate Hooks pulls her maroon Honda into a handicapped space in front of Baltimore Polytechnic Institute on a chilly early November morning. She adjusts her rearview mirror to get a good view of her...
Inside the minds (and Facebook pages) of local teens, a chat with the alternately championed and beleaguered city schools CEO, and the farm that will change the way kids think about food.
The education landscape has changed drastically in the last couple years—both in Baltimore and nationally. Locally, the biggest drivers of change have been the economy and the momentous tenure of...
The best and brightest of the Baltimore City school system are taking education into their own hands
It's just after 3:30 p.m. and uniformed students are fleeing ConneXions Leadership Academy, a middle school in northwest Baltimore, at an alarming pace. In the lobby, a fluorescent light spastically...
For five first-year teachers, the view from the other side of the classroom is challenging, exciting, and, yes, a little scary.
Don't smile for the first three months.
That was the advice science teacher Taylor Shannon received last year as she headed into her first teaching job at Baltimore's Northeast Middle School....
Kids from rough circumstances climb high
Nine years ago, Matthew Weinberg, CEO of Weinberg Group, a global business consulting firm, walked into three Baltimore City and County high schools with a more or less blank check, wanting to invest...
The BSO hopes a music program creates social change at a West Baltimore elementary school.
If you think putting a violin in the hands of a six-year-old sounds premature, think again.
This month, first graders at Harriet Tubman Elementary School in West Baltimore will begin OrchKids, an...
A new public boarding school hopes to bring opportunity to at-risk students.
Once home to more than 2,500 high school students, the old Southwestern High School this spring was little more than a hulking concrete structure in danger of being overtaken by weeds. Inside it was...
Teach For America recruits shine in troubled schools.
It's the plot of countless movies: naive rookie teacher strives to make a difference, but struggles to reach her inner-city students. This is not how one would describe the typical experience of a...
Dr. Andrés Alonso is shaking things up—and making a few enemies—as he tries to fix the long-ailing Baltimore City school system.
Andrés Alonso made his priorities clear on day one.
It was June 13, 2007. After a top-secret, months-long search for a new CEO for the Baltimore City Schools, Alonso was being introduced to an...
Loyola College's Joseph Ganem crunches bad data.
Will politicians show you charts and graphs that don't tell the whole story? Can real estate agents mislead you with numbers? Can a low-interest credit card actually cost you more?
Yes, yes, and...