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Nick Chiles

Nick Chiles is an award-winning journalist and three-time New York Times bestselling author. He has written or co-written 14 books and won over a dozen major journalism awards during a journalism career that brought him to the Dallas Morning News, the Star-Ledger of New Jersey and New York Newsday, where he won a Pulitzer Prize as part of a team of reporters.

Recent Stories

Lourenco Garcia, who earned national attention for his performance as principal at Revere High School, checks in with junior Fatima Vasquez as she works in the school’s writing center.

Teaching to the student, not the test

At Revere High School, ‘student-centered learning’ has helped new immigrants and low-income children succeed. Now the school’s former leader is taking his approach district-wide.

Harvard Law grad helps low-income kids aim high

While many high schools push poor students toward less competitive college, this New York nonprofit helps to graduate kids from top-tier schools at remarkable rates

Five things American colleges need to do to help black and Latino students

All institutions could be taking these steps to improve the success of non-white students

Experts offer black and Latino college students eight tips for success

“Anybody who succeeds in science tends to work in some group. … But students who excel in high school are accustomed to being by themselves, working alone in their room.”

Kristen Wells works with a small group of students in Terrol McElroy’s classroom at Emmalee Isable Elementary in Jackson while McElroy observes. (Photo: Jackie Mader)

Is repeating third grade — again and again — good for kids?

A state makes students repeat third grade, sometimes more than once, to help them learn to read

Obama’s national spotlight on young black and brown men: Has it improved their lives?

Questions remain about the My Brother’s Keeper program in the Trump administration

At the University of Georgia, black students navigate in a white world

As the flagship campus seeks diversity, it also seeks to be more welcoming

At Georgia State, more black students graduate each year than at any U.S. college

Support services, counseling help boost academic performances for all

Veteran black principal lifts New Orleans school with strength and love

But in post-Katrina charter boom, will experienced black administrators be elbowed out?

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