We envision a nation that provides students from underprivileged backgrounds the same caliber of public education as students from privileged backgrounds.
This is no different than the vision laid out by Horace Mann, often considered the father of American public education. He fashioned public schools as "the great equalizer" and the "balance wheel of the social machinery." Too often, though, public schools serve the opposite function.
The Bell promotes a more urgent dialogue about inequities in the New York City public school system by putting the voices of students front and center in our coverage. We then empower those students to lead the movement for educational equity.
We do this by:
Producing a journalistic podcast featuring student narratives that we share with schools and the public
Partnering with schools and districts to create and implement social-impact curricula rooted in our journalism
Hosting public events that allow students to come together and testify directly to school officials and community leaders
The student-led group Teens Take Charge represents the activism arm of our work.
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Taylor McGraw | editor & co-founder
Taylor moved to New York in 2012 to join Teach for America. He taught for five years at charter schools in Harlem and Bushwick before leaving the classroom to help launch The Bell.
As a USA Today editorial intern, he wrote about a number of topics, including education. His education writing has also appeared in The Hechinger Report and Narratively. He is currently working on a book about a summer he spent with the Washington Square Park "chess hustlers."
McGraw holds a B.A. in Public Policy Leadership from the University of Mississippi, an M.A. in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education, and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from The New School. He grew up in Oxford, Mississippi.
Adrian Uribarri | chief advisor & co-founder
A former teacher and journalist, Adrian has worked with some of the world’s most successful companies and nonprofits, including Google, Teach For America and KIPP.
As a communications professional, he has helped nonprofits earn placements in The New York Times, The Washington Post Magazine, Education Week and Playbill, among other publications. From 2014 through 2015, he led the Esquire Mentoring Initiative, the national magazine’s award-winning yearlong initiative to encourage more men to mentor boys. He is a former national board member of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Uribarri holds a B.A. in political science and a B.S. journalism from the University of Florida. He grew up in Miami.