Ren10 Has A New Chief, And More

Ren10_logoDig into the latest Ren10 newsletter to find out all sorts of things, including confirmation of Josh Edelman as top guy at new schools over Beatriz and the arrival of Jaime Guzman formerly of La Raza in the office. Also, there apparently were 30 proposals in for schools in the latest round, and the schedule of TAC meetings is mentioned.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Board of Education Approves New Executive Officer of
New Schools

 

The Office of
New Schools (“ONS”) is excited to welcome the new Executive Officer
of New Schools, Mr. Josh Edelman. Mr.
Edelman brings to CPS extensive experience in the field of education. His most current professional experience was
with the SEED Foundation, where he has served for the past year as the Academic
Program Advisor. Prior to this
position, Mr. Edelman served as principal of the
SEED Public Charter School, the country’s only public urban boarding school, which serves
grades 7 – 12. Mr. Edelman
received his undergraduate degree in American History from
Harvard University, and his Master’s in Education and Master’s in
Educational Administration and Administrative Credential from
Stanford University. He has held both instructional
and administrative positions in numerous schools during his career, and has
served on the board of such institutions as the SEED Foundation and the Center
for the Future of Teaching and Learning.

 

The ONS team
would also like to extend its heartfelt gratitude to Beatriz Rendon, who has
served as the Interim Executive Officer of New Schools. We greatly appreciate her hard work and
dedication, and are delighted to have her continue her role as Executive
Director of the Office of New Schools. 

 

 

New Director of External Relations and Special
Projects

 

Jaime Guzmán has also joined the Office of New Schools as Director,
External Relations and Special Projects.  He is a former CPS teacher
and has spent the past three years at the National Council of La Raza
(NCLR) working with community based charter schools across the
Midwest.  He will be working on policy,
advocacy, communications and community outreach initiatives relating to new
schools.  Jaime has a bachelor's degree in Government and Romance
Languages from
Dartmouth College and a Masters in Education Policy and
Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

 

 

REN10 TOP TEN

 

Top Ten Summer Reading Suggestions

 

These
are suggested books for anyone interested in learning about effective and
creative management ideas, and innovations in the field of education and
beyond. Several come highly recommended
by Dr. Howard Fuller, this year’s keynote speaker at the Incubation
Graduation Luncheon held on June 19th.

 

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others
Don’t

Jim
Collins

 

The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st
Century

Thomas
L. Friedman

 

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

Malcolm
Gladwell

 

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Stephen
R. Covey

 

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future

Daniel
Pink

 

Freakanomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

Steven
D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

 

Cities and the Creative Class

Richard
Florida

 

Trust in Schools: A Core Resource for Improvement

Anthony
S. Bryk

 

Managing Creativity and Innovation

Harvard
Business Essentials

 

Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

Jim
Collins and Jerry I. Porras

 

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

 

 

New
Schools Recruitment Update

 

On June 4th the
Office of New Schools received 30 Design Frameworks from applicants for the
2007 Open Request for Proposals (RFP). The Recruitment team is very excited by the caliber and great variety of
proposals received. School Design Teams
moving forward in the RFP process will submit full proposals in early
August. ONS will be conducting Community
Forums in September to receive additional community input on the proposals
received; more information will be available in future Renaissance 2010
Reports. 

 

More information on the Design
Frameworks:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Model:

 

 

Grades:

 

 

Facilities:

 

 

Charter  8

 

 

Elementary 10

 

 

CPS
  Facilities 11

 

 

Contract 10

 

 

Middle 2

 

 

Independent Sites 19

 

 

Performance 12

 

 

High 18

 

 

 

 

 

Priority Communities which received
proposals:



Englewood

Austin

North
Lawndale

Chicago
Lawn

South Shore

New
  City

West
Elsdon

Washington Park

Pullman

Brighton Park

Hermosa



 

CPS has been interviewing School
Design Teams with input from a variety of educational experts, including
community members, to ensure that diverse viewpoints are heard. 

 

 

TAC
Recruitment Update

 

CPS has officially named Transition
Advisory Councils (TACs) for the following CPS sites listed in the 2007 RFP:
Parker, Pershing West, Austin and Woodson South. The Calendar of TAC meetings is available
online at www.ren2010.cps.k12.il.us,
under “Events”. Each TAC
meets bi-weekly, and new participants are still welcome to attend; parent
participation is especially encouraged. 

 

While many of our TAC members
are veteran organizers, newcomers are welcome. CPS is committed to providing quality training for TAC members in
community organizing. The first training
is scheduled for July 18th and 19th, and there is still
limited space for school leaders and school/parent/community liaisons. Please refer to the Events section of this report
(below) for details on the training. 

 

 

 

Office
of New Schools Hosts
Cohort III Incubation Graduation Featuring President Rufus
Williams and Dr. Howard Fuller

 

On Tuesday, June 19th, the Office of New
Schools hosted the Incubation Graduation Luncheon to celebrate the culmination
of the incubation program and the accomplishments of the 18 new schools opening
this fall. School leaders were joined by Board President Rufus Williams and
education veteran Dr. Howard Fuller, former superintendent of
Milwaukee Public Schools and currently the Director of
the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at
Marquette University. Both President Williams and Dr. Fuller
offered words of praise and encouragement to the
Cohort III school leaders. The Office of
New Schools congratulates the 18 charter, contract and performance schools
opening this fall on their dedication, hard work and commitment. We look
forward to their many successes!

 

 

 

EVENTS

 

Community
Organizing Training for Transition Advisory Council (TAC) Members

 

CPS Office of New Schools is
pleased to partner with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) organizers Ed
Chambers and Gerald Taylor to deliver powerful, action-oriented organizing
training.

 

Dinner and Kick-Off

Wednesday, July 18th

4:30
pm – 6:30 pm

 

Organizing Training

Thursday, July 19th

8:30
am – 5:00 pm

(agenda
to follow)

 

This training will take place at
the
TAMS Center, 501 W 35th St. Chicago, IL.

 

Please RSVP to Lynn Klikuszewski
at (773) 553-1530 or email TAC Coordinator Brenda Bell at bjbell1@cps.k12.il.us

 

 

 

NEWS

 

Ten States Awarded Grants to Help Expand School Choice

 

U.S. Secretary of Education
Margaret Spellings announced on
June 5th, 2007, that ten states have been
awarded a total of $284 million to help create new charter schools and increase
the school choices that parents have to provide to their children.

 

"As I've traveled around
the country, I've had a chance to visit many charter schools. These schools are
breaking apart the myth that some children can't learn," Spellings said.
"By acting as laboratories for best practices, they are changing attitudes
about education and they're getting great results for kids."

The competitive three-year
grants are from the Public Charter Schools Program, which supports states'
efforts to plan, design, implement, and disseminate information about charter
schools.

 

The following states will
receive grants over the next three years totaling:

Michigan -
$21,673,806

California -
$101,681,016

Massachusetts -
$9,000,000

Ohio -
$48,817,5000

Georgia -
$17,010,000

Indiana -
$11,925,284

Colorado -
$20,887,813

Illinois -
$9,917,503

Texas -
$24,625,262

Maryland -
$18,162,528

 

State educational agencies with
a specific statute authorizing charter schools may apply for funding. States
must have a charter school law in place to participate. They then make
competitive subgrants to developers of charter schools who have applied for a
charter. In awarding grants, the Department must give preference to states that
provide chartering agencies that are not a local education agency, such as a
state chartering board, that have demonstrated progress in increasing the
number of high-quality charter schools that are held accountable for reaching
clear and measurable objectives, and that give public charter schools a high
degree of autonomy over their budgets and expenditures.

 

Charter schools are
independent public schools designed and operated by parents, educators, community
leaders, education entrepreneurs and others with a contract, or charter, from a
public agency, such as a local or state education agency or an institution of
higher education. Charter schools are operated free-of-charge to parents and
are open to all students. These schools provide parents enhanced educational
choices within the public school system. Exempt from many statutory and
regulatory requirements, charter schools receive increased flexibility in
exchange for increased accountability for improving academic achievement. The
first
U.S.
public charter school opened in 1992. Today, nearly 4,000 charter schools serve
more than one million students in 40 states and
Washington, D.C.

 

More information about the
Public Charter Schools Program is available at http://www.ed.gov/programs/charter/index.html.

 

 

 

Renewal
of Youth Connections Charter Schools (YCCS)

 

Please join the Office of New
Schools in congratulating the Youth Connections Charter Schools, which
following a rigorous application and evaluation process, were renewed by the
Chicago Board of Education for a five-year term.

 

 

www.ren2010.cps.k12.il.us

 

The
Chicago Public Schools is committed to leading the nation in education reform
and through Renaissance 2010 we will create opportunities for high quality
educational programs for the youth and families of
 Chicago.

 

 

Chicago Board of Education

Rufus
Williams

Board President

 

Board Members

Norman
Bobbins

Dr.
Tariq Butt

Alberto
Carrero, Jr.

Peggy
Davis

Clare
Muñana

Roxanne
Ward

 

Chicago Public Schools

Arne
Duncan

Chief Executive Officer

 

Dr.
Barbara Eason Watkins

Chief Education Officer

 

Office of New Schools

Josh
Edelman

Executive
Officer, Office of New Schools

 

Beatriz
Rendon

Executive Director, Office of New Schools

 

Maya
Ahlstrom

Editor

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