Rochester Beacon: Alumna Returns to Alma Mater to Teach

Uncommon Schools in Visionaries Documentary on PBS

For the last quarter of a century, Visionaries has been producing documentaries for public television, highlighting nonprofit organizations around the world that are making a positive impact on their respective communities. Uncommon Schools is proud to be featured this season in this Visionaries documentary airing on PBS, and to be able to share the voices … Continued

Bellwether Education Report: Uncommon’s Responses to COVID-19

The Final Round: Brett Peiser on How Uncommon is Adapting to Hybrid Learning

Charter School Growth Fund: How Teachers Quickly Respond to Student Work

Uncommon Partners with Citi’s e for education Campaign for 6th Year

TapInto Newark: An Alumnus Returns to His Alma Mater to Teach

Roxbury Prep Alumna Returns to Boston Roots as Summer Teaching Fellow

“I had great teachers growing up. I want to be that type of role model for other students,” says Ariana Gomes, about her experiences at Roxbury Prep Mission Hill. Gomes is currently senior at the University of Miami but this summer, she returned to Boston as a Summer Teaching Fellow and gave back to her … Continued

Fordham Institute Report: Lessons from Leading Charter Networks Transitioning to Remote Learning

Forbes: Uncommon U-Turn Should Help Consign No Excuses Schools To History

According to Forbes, Uncommon’s changes in some of its practices “should help consign the ‘no-excuses’ culture to history.” In a letter to the community, Uncommon Schools announced changes to some practices around behavior management, including stopping the use of SLANT. These changes are part of a larger move towards focusing on student learning and engagement … Continued

WHYY: Educators Try to Solve Problem That Keeps Changing During Pandemic

TapInto Camden: Camden Schools Receive Grants to Help With Covid-19

Seck Barry on Camden Prep’s Remote Learning During the Pandemic

Our DEI Commitments for 2020-21 and Beyond

Lea la carta en español | Lire la lettre en Français | اقرأ الرسالة باللغة العربية | Li lèt la an kreyòl ayisyen Dear Uncommon Schools Community, This year has been a time of great reflection. As we continue to prepare for a safe and strong launch to the new school year, we remain steadfast … Continued

TapInto Newark: Newark Charters Release Standards for Reopening Schools

Kings County Politics: Summer Teaching Fellowship Trains Future Brooklyn Teachers

North Star Academy Seniors Celebrate with Drive-Thru Graduation

There are no limits to the creative ways we celebrate our students’ successes. In Newark, NJ, more than 200 seniors graduated from North Star Academy Washington Park and Lincoln Park high schools. While we couldn’t hold a traditional graduation ceremony, staff, families, and students got together to celebrate how they could: a drive-through graduation. As … Continued

North Star Academy, Newark Charters Plan for Remote Start to School Year

Whether schools will start the new year remotely or in person is on everyone’s minds. In Newark, NJ, the city’s largest charter school networks, including North Star Academy, are planning to start remotely. In-person learning will resume only when it’s been deemed safe to do so. According to Chalkbeat Newark, it’s unclear whether Gov. Murphy … Continued

New Principal, New High School in Camden

This fall, veteran educator Syrena Burnam will be in the exciting position of welcoming the founding 9th grade class to Camden Prep High School, and building a school community for decades to come. Burnam has spent the last eight years at North Star Academy, first as an AP Biology teacher, then as Department Chair, and … Continued

North Star Principal Joins Panel Discussion on School Reopening

Tameka Royal, a Principal at Uncommon Schools North Star Academy, participated in a national discussion about what school will look like for the 2020-2021 school year. It’s a hot topic among educators as they look to balance the health risks of COVID-19 exposure with the challenges of remote learning. As reported by TapintoNewark, Royal joined … Continued

Cannon Design: Uncommon HS Students Learn How to Make Wellness Relevant in Virtual Exercise

Uncommon High School Students Conduct Research on Microplastics

High school students from Uncommon Charter High School and Uncommon Collegiate Charter High School conducted research on microplastics in local waterways. As part of Uncommon’s High School 2.0 programming, the students interned at the Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory (Columbia University) with Dr. Joaquim Goes, to explore just how pervasive microplastics are in the environment. From … Continued

Boston Business Journal: Long Wait to Build New School Leaves Questions

The 74: Researchers Find Top Results for Newark, Boston, Pittsburgh

A Letter to the Uncommon Community

Dear Uncommon Schools Community, A few weeks ago, after we chose to close Uncommon Schools for a day to allow our community to process in the wake of the killing of George Floyd, I wrote an essay about how our charter school network was founded to battle racism and advance social justice. Since writing that … Continued

Opinion: If Black Lives Matter, City Would Hold Hearing for Roxbury Prep

Boston Globe Editorial: Roxbury Prep’s Future Offers Chance for Healing

Boston Globe Editorial: New Roxbury Prep HS Can Be Part of ‘Equitable City for All’

For months Roxbury Prep high school has been calling on the Boston Planning and Development Agency to hear its plans for a proposed high school building on a vacant lot zoned for a school. For months BPDA has refused to put the project to a vote for a hearing. Why? As the Boston Globe Editorial … Continued

PopSugar: More Black Teachers Can Benefit All Students

NJ Latino News: High School Seniors Awarded $75,000 in Scholarships

Juneteenth: A Reflection

My Uncommon Family— I am truly thankful for the opportunity to write to you on this day: June 19, 2020. As I write this, monuments of history told from a single story are coming down all over the world, as people refuse to continue to accept a single version, a single truth, a single lens … Continued

Rochester Prep Seniors Celebrate College Signing Day

Senior Signing Days are usually a raucous affair with students and families convening at a theater, all cheering as each senior declares where they will be going to college. This year, the event turned virtual on Youtube. Students proudly shared which college they will be graduating from in four years, and listened to guest speaker … Continued

Camden Prep Middle School Graduates Its First Class

Camden Prep Mt. Ephraim Middle School graduated its first class of 38 students this month. To mark the special occasion, Camden Prep teachers bought students gifts. “We wanted to make our kids feel special,” said Principal Tom Weishaupt. “We know how hard they worked for this moment and even though we are not together we … Continued

Excellence Boys Organize Protest March in Brooklyn

Teachers from Uncommon Schools Excellence Boys organized a protest march that attracted about 5,000 participants. Calling themselves Educators for Justice, the rally protested the injustices experienced in communities of color. Educators, according to the group, are “front line workers who are responsible for developing and shaping the next generation.” Several Uncommon Schools teachers spoke at … Continued

Op-Ed: We Were Founded to Battle Racism and Injustice

In an op-ed for The 74 Million, Uncommon Schools President Julie Jackson explains why the Uncommon Schools network shut down for a day. “With protests erupting across the country, with our own staff and families and students participating, with countless conversations happening about the toll these events were taking on us personally, it became clear … Continued

Roxbury Prep Seniors Announce Colleges at Virtual Event

Senior Signing Days are usually a raucous affair with students and families convening at a theater, all cheering as each senior declares where they will be going to college. This year, the event moved online. Titciana Barros, Roxbury Prep High School Principal, opened the ceremony acknowledging recent events. School staff also presented core values awards … Continued

Uncommon Schools Offers Day of Reflection, Mourning

Cities and communities across the U.S. responded in anguish and outrage following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. As part of that response, Uncommon Schools cancelled class for a day to provide its staff, students, and community space to reflect, mourn, and heal. “It became abundantly clear that we — even myself, as … Continued

Uncommon Schools to Close for Mental Health Day on June 1

Uncommon Schools is taking an organization-wide mental health day June 1, 2020 for the sake of our community. Like you, we spent the weekend watching, reading, grieving, raging, reflecting, and marching. We spent the weekend trying to explain to our own children what was going on, as we tried to explain it to ourselves. As … Continued

Roxbury Prep Places at National Spoken Word Competition

Roxbury Prep’s spoken word team called INSOMNIA placed first in quarter finals, and second in semifinals in the Get Lit Slam Classic, an annual spoken word competition that uses poetry to increase literacy and empower youth. The Slam Classic is typically held in California, and Roxbury Prep’s INSOMNIA was headed to the Golden State for … Continued

Roxbury Prep Alumna Delivers Period Care Kits During Pandemic

Bria Gadsden, a Roxbury Prep alumna, is helping Boston women access period care kits during the COVID-19 pandemic. With stay-at-home orders in place, access to menstrual health materials became difficult for some women in the city. To help solve this, Bria has created care kits with enough pads for one cycle, along with other items … Continued

North Star Student Uses Sewing Skills to Make Masks for Health Care Workers

North Star Academy student Darius Brown has been using his sewing skills to help animals get adopted. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, however, he’s shifted his focus. According to local news outlets and, Darius shifted production from pet accessories to face masks for frontline health workers.

The Making of the ‘Together, We are Here’ Video

via TapInto Newark Performing Arts teachers at Uncommon North Star Academy and Camden Prep created a musical video in which they sing about Uncommon’s mission. The video is just one of a handful of ways that our teachers are reaching out to their students during on-going social distancing and stay-at-home orders as a result of … Continued

Together, We are Here

One Mission, One Vision. We may be separated from one another during this pandemic, but we are together in one purpose. With joy and love, our teachers continue to show their commitment to their students and families. North Star Academy and Camden Prep performing arts teachers created this video, singing out our mission to get … Continued

One Teacher’s Perspective on Uncommon’s Demands on Students and Teachers

When Mike Taubman was studying to become a teacher, he didn’t buy the anti-charter school sentiment. As an undergraduate, he interned at Uncommon Schools and now, at 39, is in his 15th year at the network and thriving. Many teachers at charter schools, like Taubman, are willing to work the long hours because, writes Jay … Continued

Reinventing Education Amid the Pandemic

In an op-ed for the Rochester Beacon, Assistant Superintendent Paul Powell describes how Uncommon Schools Rochester Prep revamped itself to address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Echoing CEO Brett Peiser’s op-ed in the New York Daily News, Powell highlights the principles that guided this work, and how teachers are creating virtual curricula and … Continued

Roxbury Prep Plans for Remote Learning

As news of possible school closings and stay-at-home orders mounted, Uncommon Schools Roxbury Prep knew it must plan for online teaching and learning to continue its mission. The week prior to closing, school leaders and teachers surveyed families for technology and service needs, trained staff and students, and made sure that every student who needed … Continued

Hofstra Students, Including UCHS Teacher, Continue Teaching Placements

When New York Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered the closure of all schools in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hofstra’s School of Education had over 130 student teachers placed throughout Long Island the New York metro area. Thanks to the actions of Jay Lewis, Hofstra’s Associate Dean for External Relations, Field Place and Recruitment, 100 percent … Continued

Making Remote Learning Easier and Engaging

Many educators across the country are navigating a huge challenge: how to keep students learning while away from school during the coronavirus pandemic. As Juliana Worrell notes in an op-ed for The 74, we created a remote learning platform that we believe will keep K-8 students learning until we’re able to return to classrooms. We … Continued

Camden Prep Transitions to Online Learning

When schools closed at the end of March 13, 900 Camden Prep students were sent home with paper-based remote learning packets so they could continue practicing previously learned materials. On March 30, a whole new type of online learning begin. A family and student-facing website that contains videos of master educators teaching various subjects, along … Continued

Uncommon Builds Online High School in One Day

On March 16, Uncommon Schools closed all its schools, including its four high schools, in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The next day, over 4,000 high school students logged online for remote learning. The transition to online learning was completed in one day. This meant students were safe and could continue their learning uninterrupted, including … Continued