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Holding Steadfastly to Our Values

By | August 18th, 2017|

Dear Colleagues, As we prepare with excitement for the first day of school, we wanted to take a moment to thank you for everything you do to educate and inspire the students of Chicago Public Schools. We know it’s not easy, and our work is at the heart of students’ success. We also want to take this moment to address the very serious and challenging circumstances that are creating much anxiety and turmoil for our nation, particularly for children of [...]

Teaching through Tragedy: CPS’ Response to Charlottesville

By | August 18th, 2017|

The recent violence in Charlottesville, Virginia has left many in our communities – and our homes – shaken. It shows us that racism, hate and intolerance remain serious issues in our country, and reminds us of our responsibility to educate children about the toxic nature of these attitudes. For many of us, these events are also deeply personal. Earlier this week, as my young daughter tried to process what she was seeing on the news, she kept repeating a phrase [...]

State-of-the-Art Englewood High School Set to Open Fall 2019

By | June 9th, 2017|

We believe that every community deserves an excellent neighborhood high school that will give the children of Chicago the skills and knowledge they need to achieve their dreams. So today, we are excited to announce that CPS plans to invest $75 million to open a brand new, state-of-the-art high school to serve the students of Englewood in the fall of 2019. We want to build a vibrant neighborhood option for south side students. After hearing from the community including the [...]

An Inconvenient Truth: Education Funding in Black and White

By | May 30th, 2017|

Forrest Claypool argues for the end of racially discriminatory education funding in Illiniois at the City Club on May 30, 2017. Remarks as prepared. In 2006, a documentary called “An Inconvenient Truth” was released, about the dangers of climate change. It was based on the work of former Vice President Al Gore. The underlying data showed that – like the proverbial frog in a slowly heating pot that realizes too late it is being boiled to death – our planet is [...]

New Strategy to Help Students Prepare for Life After Graduation

By | May 24th, 2017|

In every one of our high schools, there is a potential doctor. There is an aspiring geneticist, a food scientist, and a biochemical engineer. We can’t let them miss out on these opportunities because they didn’t have access to the science courses that would have spark those interests. Enter our revised expectations around science - one of three new graduation requirements approved by the Board of Education today. The others pinpoint the need for robust financial education in every school, [...]

A Teacher Who Learns from Her Students

By | May 5th, 2017|

For 14 years, Carla Jones has been filling the minds of Cook Elementary students with knowledge and experiences. Yet according to this veteran teacher, she’s learned more from them than they have from her. “Chicago was an adjustment for me,” said Jones. “I had to learn about the challenges of urban education and how what happens in the community affects the classroom.” Jones grew up in Stone Mountain, Georgia, a suburb outside of Atlanta. The only child of engaged and [...]

A Teacher From the Neighborhood

By | May 5th, 2017|

This video features Ms. Christina Garcia, a Pre-K teacher at Orville T. Bright Elementary, and the school community that loves her. The children in her classroom are entering school for the very first time. Ms. Garcia gives them the foundation they need for a strong academic journey, and the care and nurturing that our youngest learners deserve. She teaches general education students alongside those with special needs, and operates a model demonstration classroom, meaning that teachers from around CPS come [...]

A Teacher Preparing His Students for the Real World

By | May 5th, 2017|

Meet John Nieciak, a CPS teacher for nearly 30 years. Mr. Nieciak believes in knocking down the “fourth wall” of the classroom and putting Chicago’s vast resources to work for his students. Among the 8th-graders at Nettelhorst Elementary, he is known as a teacher who “actually cares”, not just about what students are learning, but about how they feel. His students say that Mr. Nieciak welcomes multiple perspectives, encourages them to draw their own conclusions, and helps them learn from [...]

Doubling Down on Parent Engagement

By | May 5th, 2017|

Today, we are happy to announce that we are more than doubling Parent University sites from five to 13– one for every Network in the District. As part of our vision for deepening family engagement, Parent University provides meaningful ways for parents to become involved with their children’s schools. It also gives families the chance to continue their education through classes and online learning opportunities. To date, Parent University has enriched the lives of more than 3,000 parents, including Vanessa [...]

A Teacher Who Sees Himself in His Students

By | May 4th, 2017|

When Quinton Clemons announced he was going into teaching, many tried to dissuade him. “They said I was too old and too black,” said Quinton, now a History teacher at Walter H. Dyett High School. Ironically, these were the same reasons given to discourage Quinton from pursuing his first career as a professional ice-skater. “People told me, it’s too late for you to think about ever going to the Olympics,” said Quinton, who did not become serious about skating until [...]