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Why PARCC Matters

By | March 21st, 2016|

As students across the district enter testing periods for their grade level, we know families are engaged in conversation about the value of standardized tests.  We wanted to use the start of the PARCC testing window to talk more about how our district views standardized tests - and why we’re committed to administering better tests, while reducing the overall number. PARCC is test that meets our criteria: it is critical to providing effective feedback for teachers, parents, and students. You’ll [...]

CEdO Goes Back to School: Urban Prep

By | March 21st, 2016|

I had the pleasure of visiting Urban Prep Academy Bronzeville recently – a CPS charter high school that is focused on bringing students together and pushing them to reach higher. As I walked the halls with Principal Glass, I was impressed by what was going on in the classroom. Students were engaged in a high-level of discourse, and their academic vocabulary showed how serious teachers at Urban Prep are about preparing students for college. Having such high expectations is clearly [...]

CPS Teachers Raising the Bar

By | March 16th, 2016|

We talk a lot at CPS about setting high expectations for our students; about encouraging them to work harder and reach higher to realize their full potential. It’s exciting, then, to see our teachers following that same advice. Today, the new class of National Board Certified CPS teachers were recognized, with CPS and CTU leadership on hand to celebrate.  For close to a year, these teachers engaged in hundreds of hours of study and self-analysis, putting their teaching methods under [...]

Students speak out against Big Tobacco!

By | March 15th, 2016|

CPS and the Chicago Department of Public Health are encouraging students to participate in Kick Butts Day - a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up and seize control against Big Tobacco. On Kick Butts Day – Wednesday, March 16 – students, along with teachers, youth leaders and health advocates will join forces to: Raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use in their state or community; Encourage youth to reject the tobacco industry's deceptive marketing [...]

Great Cities Produce Great Schools

By | March 15th, 2016|

CPS students are making huge gains in Math and Reading, and that progress has garnered national attention. Last week I traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in a conference presented by the Council of Great City Schools – an organization focused on improving educational outcomes for students in our country’s urban school districts. It was great to meet with educators from Boston, Cleveland, DC, and Miami and other large cities to discuss the unique challenges facing our students and the [...]

CPS files $65 million complaint against Byrd-Bennett, Solomon, Vranas, SUPES and Synesi

By | March 10th, 2016|

Today, CPS filed a civil complaint seeking $65 million in damages and civil penalties from Barbara Byrd-Bennett, Gary Solomon, Thomas Vranas, SUPES and Synesi in Cook County Circuit Court. Here are CPS CEO Forrest Claypool's remarks as prepared for today: Thank you for coming today. As our families and students are painfully aware, CPS is in a dire fiscal situation. In the past few months, we’ve streamlined Central Office and closed more than 400 administrative positions. We’ve borrowed $725 million [...]

Embracing Biliteracy

By | March 10th, 2016|

A Reflection from Board of Education Vice-President Jaime Guzman Last week, the National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) held its annual conference in Chicago. This was a huge honor, as educators and school leaders from around the country, and even as far away as China, chose our city as the backdrop for some critically-important work. I had the privilege of addressing this group during their time in Chicago, and it was a very personal experience for me. Because while I [...]

CPS Furlough Days: What This Means for Families

By | March 4th, 2016|

On March 3rd, 2016 CPS announced three furlough days for all employees between now and June 30th, due to continuing financial challenges. However, only one of these days will affect the current school calendar for students: Friday, March 25th (Good Friday). On March 25th, classes will be canceled and schools will be closed.  Students should not report to school on this day. Read more in the full letter from CPS CEO Forrest Claypool and Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson. Dear [...]

Your Voice, Your School: Become Part of an LSC

By | February 22nd, 2016|

Each CPS school has an LSC – a group of parents, educators and community members who have a lot to say about how their school is run. LSCs select and evaluate the school principal, decide how best to use funds and resources in the school, and create improvement plans that will allow students to grow and thrive. Joining an LSC means becoming a champion for your child and their classmates, all of whom deserve the best education that our District [...]

A Visit with the U.S. Poet Laureate

By | February 16th, 2016|

With his engaging performance-style poetry, U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera dazzled an audience of CPS educators last week, his art coming to life as he interacted with listeners and stirred their emotions. I’m thrilled that so many of our teachers, principals and instructional  leaders were able to join me at this special event, and hope it will help shape the way poetry is taught in our schools. The evening was a partnership between CPS and the Poetry Foundation – [...]