Category Archives: Culture of Achievement

academics, positive culture building, college to career connections

Video: Students Learn what it Takes to go from Boyz to Men

This past semester, I had the pleasure of co-teaching a team of students at the Orchard Gardens K-8 School in Roxbury, MA, in a class on what makes a man, a man. My colleague, Jon Hinthorne, and I talked with … Continue reading

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How do you Measure your Impact on Kids?

Ask anyone, and they’ll tell you I’m a champion list-maker. Making lists is the way I plan my day, the way I track progress, and, sad as it is to admit, the small ways that I remind myself that I … Continue reading

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8th Grade Academy: 10 Years of Bridge Building (VIDEO)

It’s usually not a good thing to hear about middle schoolers spending their afternoons with lawyers, but when they’re part of Citizen Schools’ 8th Grade Academy (8GA), it’s a powerful positive experience for both the lawyer and the student. Every … Continue reading

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The Road to Mock Trials is Paved with Pizza

In working as a Teaching Fellow with Citizen Schools, I didn’t expect to learn much about law, much less teach middle schoolers about it. This semester, though, I ended up supporting the Mock Trial apprenticeship on our campus. And it … Continue reading

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C Why C3

It’s around this time of year when I usually start to think to myself: “Okay, well, most of these students have been here about 6 months, and we talk often about how hard work now can lead to career and … Continue reading

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With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

Austin: You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.  I can do those things because I’m not a hero, not like the other superheroes of the week.  I can share my reward; that’s … Continue reading

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Integrity in Action

Our third week of program at the Garfield Middle School was all about building Team Culture.  Last year to build the sense of “team,” and “culture,” early on in the year at our campus, we did big opening circles, silly … Continue reading

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We’re All New Kids on the Block

 It’s the second week of a new school year, but even more importantly it is Jane Long Middle School’s second week with the extended learning time (ELT) model. All incoming sixth graders (200+, yes, believe it) are enrolled in Citizen … Continue reading

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