New Faces At New Schools

The latest monthly Renaissance report is out, giving all of us a peek into the world of charters and new schools (110 of them over all as of September). Check out the comings and goings in the office of new schools, including the departure of someone named Tabaha Koylass to work on turnaround schools.

LEAVING: Before

introducing the 5 new members of our team, I want to offer thanks to 2

departing colleagues – Amanda Knight (Director of Planning and

Development) and Tabatha Koylass (School Support Coordinator). ARRIVING: Catherine Sugrue will be our new Director of School Support. We will have

an event in mid-January to introduce her to the ONS school family so we hope

you will join us to hear about her vision and to get to know her.Diana Matthews will be our new Director of Performance, Turnaround and Professional Development School Policy. We are excited to have such an expert

focused on helping all members of the ONS staff team be at their best in

supporting these growing portions of the ONS portfolio. Cybill Ortiz is a new School Support Coordinator focused primarily on Performance

and Contract schools, Romeldia Salteris a new School Support Coordinator who will be working with Charter schools,

and Marisa Velasquez will take

over Tabatha’s portfolio and work with Turnaround, Professional

Development and Performance schools.

Recognize any of these names?

RENAISSANCE 2010 REPORT

100 New Schools for Chicago

January 2008

Volume 4, Issue 1

Letter from the Chief

Dear Colleagues:

Happy

New Year! I hope you all had a restful Holiday Break with family

and friends. As the temperature drops into the single digits, I want

to share

some information to warm your hearts about new members of the ONS

Team. Before

introducing the 5 new members of our team, I want to offer thanks to 2

departing colleagues – Amanda Knight (Director of Planning and

Development) and Tabatha Koylass (School Support Coordinator). They

will

remain in the education world in Chicago – Amanda will head the Chicago

office of a national non-profit focused on teacher retention while

Tabatha is

working with the CPS Chief Education Office on Turnaround Schools – so

we

are excited to continue to work with them going forward. We are

actively

looking for a new Director of Planning and Development (more

information can be

found under “News/Announcements”), so please send any outstanding

applicants

our way. As far as Tabatha’s role, we are excited that we have found a

replacement who will try to fill her large shoes as well as 4 other

dynamic new

team members to support new schools.

Catherine Sugrue will be our new Director of School Support. We will have

an event in mid-January to introduce her to the ONS school family so we hope

you will join us to hear about her vision and to get to know her.

Diana Matthews will be our new Director of Performance, Turnaround and Professional Development School Policy. We are excited to have such an expert

focused on helping all members of the ONS staff team be at their best in

supporting these growing portions of the ONS portfolio.

Cybill Ortiz is a new School Support Coordinator focused primarily on Performance

and Contract schools, Romeldia Salteris a new School Support Coordinator who will be working with Charter schools,

and Marisa Velasquez will take

over Tabatha’s portfolio and work with Turnaround, Professional

Development and Performance schools. All of our new School Support

Coordinators bring a wealth of experience working in and with schools to their

new roles with ONS.

Later this winter, beyond filling the Director of Planning and

Development, we also look forward to adding a Community Advocacy Coordinator

and another member of our Accountability team to focus on performance reporting

and data. With the new schools in incubation now for a Fall 2008 start as well

as expected turnaround schools, ONS will have nearly 110 schools in its

portfolio next year. We are excited about our growth and committed to adding

the expertise necessary to meet the varied needs of our portfolio of schools.

We look forward to a great 2008 together!

Best,

Josh Edelman

Executive Officer, Office of New Schools

REN10 TOP TEN

Ten Great Articles to Help You Learn More About Schools

(Highlighted in the Marshall

Memo from September 2007 – December 2007)

10.

“Are Our Graduates College-Writing Ready? What High Schools Could Do to

Help” by Steven Horwitz in Education

Week, September 5, 2007 (Vol. 27, #2, p. 27)

http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/09/05/02horwitz.h27.html

9.

“It Worked When I Started Small, Expanded Gradually” by Jim Slosson

in Journal of Staff Development,

Fall 2007 (Vol. 28, #4, p. 43, 46), no e-link available; Slosson can be reached

at jslosson@aol.com.

8.

“The College Gap: Why Integrating High School with Higher Education Makes

Sense – and How to Do it” by Nancy Hoffman and Joel Vargas in Education Week, Oct. 10, 2007 (Vol. 27,

#7, p. 24-25), http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/10/10/07hoffman.h27.html

7. “Stop

the Narrowing of the Curriculum by ‘Right-Sizing’ School

Time” by Paul Reville in Education

Week, Oct. 24, 2007 (Vol. 27, #9, p. 10), for the whole article

(with free registration), go to: http://www.edweek.org/ew/topics/research/index.html

6.

“Nine Ways to Catch Kids Up” by Marilyn Burns in Educational Leadership, November 2007

(Vol. 65, #3, p. 16-21); full article available at http://www.ascd.org/el

5.

“English-Language Lagging” by Ellen Moir in Edutopia, November/December 2007 (Vol. 3,

#8, p. 10), http://www.edutopia.org/ask-ellen-english-language-learners

4.

“The Tests of a Leader: Initiation, Failure, and Reinvention” by

Thomas Stewart, from a speech given at the 11th Annual Wharton

Leadership Conference, June 7, 2007, condensed and edited in the Wharton Leadership Digest, July 2007 (Vol.

11, #10, p. 1-9) http://leadership.wharton.upenn.edu/digest/index.shtml

3.

“Assessing What Matters” by Robert Sternberg in Educational Leadership, December 2007

(Vol. 65, #4, p. 20-26), http://www.ascd.org/el; Sternberg can be reached at

Robert.Sternberg@tufts.edu

2.

“Data in the Driver’s Seat” by Paul Bambrick-Santoyo in Educational Leadership, Dec. 2007/ Jan.

2008 (Vol. 65, #4, p. 43-46), http://www.ascd.org/el

1. “How Do You Sustain

Excellence?” by Douglas Reeves in Educational

Leadership, November 2007 (Vol. 65, #3, p. 86-87),http://www.ascd.org/el

EVENTS

New

Schools EXPO |

Williams Multiplex (2710 S. Dearborn Ave.) | Saturday February 9, 2008 from

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The EXPO, free to the public, will showcase new schools

created under Renaissance 2010 as well as the existing charter schools created through

the Office of New Schools. The new schools slated to open in 2008 will also be

included. Parents who attend will be able to meet new school operators

face-to-face to ask them any questions they may have regarding school

curriculum, resources, and culture and to learn about the new schools’

application processes.

In addition to learning about the new schools, parents

will have the chance to get application help, to apply on-site, and to attend a

variety of workshops on topics ranging from: “The State of Our Schools”, “What Makes a Quality School”, and more. For more

information please contact Katheryn Hayes

with RSF for more information at 312-853-1211 or khayes@rsfchicago.org.

Incubation

Meeting for Cohort IV | TAMS building (501 W. 35th Street) |

Thursday, January 10, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This is already the third incubation meeting for the 25

schools opening over the next two years. At the past meeting school leaders

learned the ins and outs of the ONS Business Services team and had professional

development focused on ideas from the book Good

to Great. At this upcoming meeting schools will learn about the

Accountability team, get some tips on community outreach, and have a chance to

hear 4 current school leaders speak on a “What I Wish I Had Known”

panel.

All of these incubation meetings are intended to supply

school leaders with all of the resources they need to open top quality Chicago

Schools. For more information contact Deepa Patel at 773-553-5427 or dppatel@cps.k12.il.us.

Noble

Street Charter School-Golder Campus Opening | Golder Campus (1454 W. Superior) | Thursday,

January 31, 2008 (time TBD)

Noble Street Charter School is ready to unveil their

newest campus – Golder at 1454 W. Superior. The students and staff are

excited to be settling into their new home, and would like to invite you to

celebrate with them at the grand opening. For more information please contact Rachel

Kramer at rkramer@noblenetwork.org or 773-278-6895.

NEWS/ANNOUNCEMENTS

ONS

Seeks a new Director of Planning and Development

The Office of New Schools is looking for an outstanding

professional to become the Director of Planning and Development by no later

than February 1, 2008. This director would be responsible for supporting the

educational and operational success of all new charter, contract, and

performance beginning from the time that they are approved by the Chicago

Public Schools (CPS) Board of Education and until the time that they are open and

fully operational. They are also responsible for developing and implementing

professional development opportunities for all current charter, contract and

performance schools in the ONS portfolio and ONS staff. The Director of

Planning and Development would report directly to and work closely with the

Executive Officer of ONS.

Urban

Prep Wins Big at Aces UP! Tournament

Urban Prep’s first annual Aces UP! poker tournament

fundraising event was a huge success, raising over $100,000 for the school.

The event was so successful that they are already planning for next

year’s tournament. Thank you to everyone who participated and supported

the event.

Officials

from the Denver Public Schools Visit Chicago

Denver

Public Schools

is in the process of creating an office to support and authorize

charter

schools and have been visiting various school districts in the US to

learn how they can best serve their schools. Ethan Hemming and Shayne

Spalten from Denver braved the ever-changing Chicago weather to gain

some insight from the staff at the

Office of New Schools, our partners, and two schools. Their two day

visit was

packed with the exchange of best practices and practical advice, and

Shayne and

Ethan left with a substantial amount of food for thought. Thank you to

everyone at ONS, INCS, RSF, IFF, Perspectives – South Loop Campus, and

Sherman School of Excellence for making their visit so productive.

Renaissance

2010 Calendar for 2008

Please make note of the submission deadlines for 2008.

If you have an upcoming event, news piece, announcement, or other relevant

information you would like included in the Report; please submit it to Joe

Giambrone at jagiambrone@cps.k12.il.us. The Renaissance 2010 Report is

distributed to the 100+ schools associated with the Office of New Schools, our

external and internal partners, and anyone interested in having the most up to

date news on the Office of New Schools.

Date

Submission Deadline

Distribution Date

February

Tuesday, January 29

Monday, February 4

March

Monday, February 25

Monday, March 3

April

Wednesday, March 26

Tuesday, April 1

May

Friday, April 25

Friday, May 2

June

Tuesday, May 27

Tuesday, June 3

July

Wednesday, June 25

Tuesday, July 1

August

Friday, July 25

Friday, August 1

September

Monday, August 25

Monday, September 1

October

Friday, September 26

Friday, October 3

November

Monday, October 27

Monday, November 3

December

Monday, November 24

Monday, December 1

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