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Announcing ‘Learn. Plan. Succeed’

By | April 5th, 2017|

“We need to change how we think about what it means to be a high school graduate. A diploma alone isn’t enough anymore,” said Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson as she and Mayor Rahm Emanuel launched ‘Learn. Plan. Succeed’ – a new graduation requirement that will ensure our students are looking beyond high school and to the career ahead. This proposed new graduation requirement marks an important shift in mindset, because we firmly believe that a high school diploma must [...]

Take Five with Jannotta-Jaffee Teacher of the Year Kat Henry

By | March 31st, 2017|

Since 2010, the Chicago Foundation for Education (CFE) has presented one CPS educator with the Jannotta-Jaffee Teacher of the Year Award. This year’s winner is Kat Henry, who has devoted eight years of her life to the students of Pulaski International School. The Jannotta-Jaffee Award is presented to teachers who go above and beyond expectations to make great learning possible. This certainly describes Kat Henry, who has a true passion for teaching special education. As one of her nominators wrote, [...]

CPS: A District of Choice

By | March 8th, 2017|

Last week, Chief Education Officer Dr. Janice K. Jackson had the opportunity to speak on the important issue of school choice. Her audience was the 2017 fellows from Leadership Greater Chicago – an organization that works to familiarize new generations of Chicago leaders with multiple perspectives on the challenges, opportunities, and resources that define this diverse and thriving city. Here’s what Dr. Jackson had to say: If I’ve learned one thing in my time with CPS, it’s that educating children [...]

CPS Student and Teacher Selected to Study D-Day in Normandy France

By | March 7th, 2017|

This summer, Von Steuben High Schoool student Marc Lopez will travel to Normandy, France to honor a WWII silent hero who died during or after the D-Day invasion. He will be accompanied by his teacher, Meghan Thomas, as part of their participation in the Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom® Albert H. Small Student and Teacher Institute, which is an initiative coordinated by National History Day® to teach a new generation about the sacrifices and challenges faced during World War II. The [...]

CPS Response to Gov. Rauner’s Veto of School Funding

By | December 1st, 2016|

Remarks as prepared for CEO Forrest Claypool on December 1, 2016 regarding Governor Rauner's Veto of SB 2822. To take action and help override the Governor's veto, visit cps.edu/equality. "Thank you for joining us today. I have fully briefed President Clark, who is deeply concerned and disappointed in this harmful action. He asked me to convey that the Board believes that the Governor should not put his political agenda before children - -and that all Illinois children deserve to be [...]

Our Commitment to Safe and Welcoming Schools

By | November 10th, 2016|

Dear CPS Families, With emotions running high after the presidential election, we want to affirm our commitment to the values of diversity, tolerance and fairness in our schools. Every one of our students has the right to a safe, welcoming school environment where they feel valued and respected. We are proud of our District’s diversity, and believe that every student, regardless of race, ethnicity, background, sexual orientation, language or culture has the right to reach their full potential. We know [...]

CPS Releases FY17 Budget

By | August 8th, 2016|

Balanced Budget Puts District on a Path to Stability and Continued Academic Success Dear Friends and Colleagues, As we look forward to another upcoming school year, let us first recognize that this is an exciting time in the history of Chicago Public Schools (CPS). Our students have again outpaced the academic growth of their national and state peers in both math and reading, while the average ACT score, freshmen-on-track to graduate rate, and graduation rate have reached the highest measures on [...]

Giving IB Students the Credit They Deserve

By | August 3rd, 2016|

CPS teachers want their students to go to college, so they’re always searching for ways to make it more accessible. Take David Gregg and Jessica Stephenson – International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinators at Senn and Prosser high schools, respectively. They knew that their IB students were doing college-level work, and believed that just like in Advanced Placement (AP) courses, that work should translate to college credit. These teachers rallied support around this cause, encouraging state lawmakers to establish a standard IB [...]

A “Breakthrough” Achievement for CPS Schools

By | May 6th, 2016|

Thanks to the Breakthrough Schools Program from LEAP Innovations, 7 CPS schools now have nearly $2 million to invest in personalized learning. This journey began last year, with 15 schools designing and piloting innovative learning models to replace a "one size fits all" approach to education. After hours of coaching from experts, and visits to schools around the country, each school came up with a grant proposal for implementing their new learning models. The 7 schools selected for Phase II [...]

Coming Full Circle at Dunbar

By | April 26th, 2016|

When it opened its doors in 1942, Dunbar High School had a construction trades focus for its students. Now, a new CPS program will return this neighborhood school to its roots, giving students a leg up on careers in today’s construction industry. Students interested in carpentry, welding, HVAC, and electricity will be at home on Dunbar’s new Construction Trades Campus, which promises to school CPS youth in the specialized skills being sought by businesses and trade unions throughout Chicago. The [...]