Mike Klonsky
National Director


  • School reform
  • Urban education

Michael Klonsky teaches in the education school at DePaul University in Chicago and is the national director of the Small Schools Workshop and the Center for Innovative Schools. Klonsky is a teacher educator who has spoken and written extensively on school reform issues with a focus on urban school restructuring. His latest book, “Small Schools: Public School Reform Meets the Ownership Society,” written with Susan Klonsky, is a critique of top-down school reform and the push towards privatization of public schools. He is also the author of Small Schools: The Numbers Tell a Story for the University of Illinois Small Schools Workshop and co-author of “A Simple Justice: The Challenge for Teachers in Small Schools.” He has served as a member of the National Advisory Council on Youth Violence and is past president of the editorial advisory board of Catalyst, Chicago’s school-reform journal. He has also written on the history and progress of Chicago’s school decentralization effort and has assisted teachers and community groups in starting dozens of new small and charter schools and in the restructuring of many large, traditional high schools.