ABI Blog: Part & Parcel

Part & Parcel: A blog about education in Baltimore and beyond, by Will McKenna, Executive Director of Afya Baltimore Inc. (ABI). ABI operates three Baltimore City public charter schools educating more than 1500 students. @abi_schools

Dear Christian and Gerrod,  I write to listen. Both of you were Afya student...

The last couple of years have been full of change for Afya Baltimore Inc. In 2016 we co...

A Series of Stories About the School Buildings in Which We Live, Work, and Play Intr...

A Series of Stories About the School Buildings in Which We Live, Work, and Play Intr...

I went to St. John Catholic School, in Westminster, MD, from first through fifth grade....

I Salute Lou Beard

October 9, 2018

During these tangled and spangled times, in this season of bloodshed in Baltimore, when...

Embrace the Rock

September 27, 2018

After years of working in schools, of thinking about what good schools and good classro...

Our schools start summer camps today! Over the past several years, we’ve been foc...

Each year I meet with my accountant, whose office is just north of the city, to prepare...

Weight and Weightless

November 3, 2017

When I look back at this blog, which I’ve been writing for 10 months now, I see a...

Last Wednesday afternoon gunshots were fired right across the street from Brehms Lane, ...

The Things We Carry

September 18, 2017

Ken Burns’ new series, The Vietnam War, premiers this week on PBS. It is sure to ...

Struggle and Hope

September 11, 2017

I’ve recently been listening to and reading Ta-Nehisi Coates. He has a new longfo...

In my series about changing the school system, I’ve written many times that while...

A Plan for Improving Baltimore City’s Public School System in 25 Short Years ...

I've  started riding my bike again. A few years ago I rode a lot. I loved to g...

A Plan for Improving Baltimore City’s Public School System in 25 Short Years ...

Diane Ravitch has a new essay in the New Republic blaming Democrats for Betsy Devos, th...

Full Measure

May 5, 2017

Since coming back from spring break, I’ve been working at one of my schools, Af...

A Plan for Improving Baltimore City’s Public School System in 25 Short Years ...

The first of a four-part series Introduction After toppling the government of Sad...

Mayor Pugh has been talking a lot about charter schools lately. This isn’t a bad ...

A few years ago I was talking with a colleague who believed that charter schools got to...

Doggone It, Live!

March 3, 2017

My family and I have had a month. It’s all little stuff. But it adds up. It start...

Baltimore’s public school system is in crisis. Again. In times of crisis people h...