Jonathan Schorr with his family.
Yale University, New Haven, CT 06520, United States
Yale University where Jonathan Schorr studied.
12001 Chalon Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90049, United States
Mount St. Mary's University where Jonathan Schorr studied.
(A decade ago there were only two charter schools in the U...)
A decade ago there were only two charter schools in the United States. Today there are more than 2,400, serving more than half a million students. But few Americans understand what a charter school really is - or what is involved in trying to create, attend, and teach in one. Written by a renowned journalist and education writer, and a former inner-city school teacher himself, Hard Lessons is the first book to capture the human drama of the entire experience. But would the new school succeed in effectively teaching children from urban neighborhoods where success is rare? Would it become a whole new bureaucracy or sabotage itself from within? The answers are found in the moving stories of some deeply involved yet very different individuals.
Jonathan Schorr graduated from Yale University with a degree in sociology in 1990. He also received a teaching certificate at Mount St. Mary's College (now Mount Saint Mary's University).
Jonathan Schorr was first a teacher, then a journalist who wrote about education for the Oakland Tribune. His articles were also published in prominent mainstream, educational, and progressive periodicals and Web sites, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Nation, Salon, and Education Week.
Previously, he served as a partner and chief of staff at the NewSchools Venture Fund. There he led communication and field-building efforts, including major events such as the annual Summit. In addition, along with other partners, Schorr had responsibility for investment strategy and management. Before NSVF, he served as director of New Initiatives at the KIPP network of schools, where he led the development of elementary and high schools nationally.
Then till 2016, he served in the Obama administration as communications director and acting assistant secretary at the United States Department of Education. In that role, he was chief communications advisor to the secretary of education and oversaw a 106-member team responsible for the department's messaging, media relations, speechwriting, public engagement, intergovernmental affairs, web and digital strategy, photography and video, publications, and recognition programs for schools and students.
Schorr is also the author of the book Hard Lessons: The Promise of an Inner-City Charter School (2002). It studies the ongoing effort by teachers, parents, and the poor Oakland community in which E. C. Reems Academy is located to improve the education of their children.
It's also worth mentioning, that Schorr is a founding partner at Be Clear.
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Schorr served on the boards of KIPP Bridge Middle School in Oakland, the Five Keys Charter School in the San Francisco County Jail, and Education Writers Association.
Quotes from others about the person
"A warm and graceful writer." - David Carr
Jonathan Schorr is married to Rachel Young. The marriage produced two daughters.