Nov 2014: Session 2 Chicago

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On November 4th, the Chicago fellows welcomed John Barker, Chief Accountability Officer of Chicago Public Schools. John was an enthusiastic and engaging speaker who discussed the opportunities and challenges at CPS. Learn more about John below.

A Tennessee native, John Barker joined CPS in January 2013 after serving as Chief of Staff to the Superintendent of the Memphis City Schools. Prior to that role, he was head of Research, Evaluation, Assessment and Student Information for that same district, where he was described by his colleagues as a great spirit-bearer who performed his duties with the highest levels of integrity, professionalism, skill, grace, and good humor.

As Chief Accountability Officer for CPS, John oversees the work of directors and their teams in Access & Enrollment, strategic planning, student testing, performance data, research and evaluation, and the deployment of strategic support aimed at improving the lives of all students and stakeholders. John holds M.P.P and PhD degrees from Vanderbilt University and considers it a privilege to do what he feels is his gift – encouraging, motivating and inspiring others while connecting them with information that makes them more efficient and effective every day.

October 2014: Session 1

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This month, we had awesome first Revive The Dream sessions in both NYC and Chicago. We kicked off the year getting to know this group of talented, thoughtful professionals while building an understanding of the current state of US education and the underlying problems. Can’t wait to dig in with this group again in November!

The Results are IN!

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We completed our spring 2014 annual alumni and fellow survey and the results are in!

96% of Revive The Dream alumni and fellows would recommend the program to a friend.

100% found the Revive the Dream sessions valuable for developing their understanding of education issues.


Now it’s your chance to join the 2014-2015 cohort. Applications are due August 8.

Revive The Dream Expands to NYC – Fall 2014

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After three successful years in Chicago, Revive The Dream is now expanding to New York City! As we’ve done in Chicago, we see an opportunity to engage individuals in the important education issues in the city of New York. The first cohort will begin in NYC in September 2014.

Big Apple, here we come! Please help us spread the word to potential NYC candidates!


Our newest partner – Modify Watches!

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This month we’ve partnered with a 2-year old startup, Modify Watches (,  an innovative watch brand that sells fun, colorful mix-and-match timepieces that have inspired an avid social media following.  


Modify has created the “Together” watch (check out the link below) to help raise funds and awareness for their favorite non-profits. Each month, Modify supports a different non-profit through sales of the limited-edition watch face. The face retails for $30 (additional straps are an additional $15 or $20), and for each sale $20 will be given to the non-profit partner (US!).


Check them out and support our cause!