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RENAISSANCE 2010 REPORT
100 New Schools for Chicago
Volume 4, Issue 11
Letter from the Chief
Congratulations to the design
teams of the 18 newly approved Renaissance 2010 schools! They have worked tirelessly
over the past several months to have the opportunity to create another
education option for Chicago
students. I would like to extend a special thanks to the ONS Recruitment team
for guiding the new school creation process. On October 22, 18 Renaissance 2010
schools were approved by the Board of Education to open in 2009. A total of 23
Renaissance 2010 schools will be a part of the Cohort V schools opening in 2009
(5 schools were approved at prior Board meetings). Mayor Daley charged CPS to
open 100 new schools in 6 years. After 5 years (as of fall 2009) we will have
almost met the mark with 98 charter, contract and performance schools open.
As we look to the future we are
guided by the leadership of Arne Duncan and share his vision to continue
creating great educational options for students, families and communities
(especially in high priority communities lacking quality seats). Arne has
charged ONS to take our work to an even greater scale – he would love for
us to create 40 – 50 strong school choices each year. To do so, we need
to do even more to find the most talented educational entrepreneurs from around
the country, help our replicating charters to continue to grow and thrive, work
arduously on raising the charter cap, collaborate with the strongest district
school models to take their good work to scale, and develop the capacity of
“new start” operators to “turnaround” our lowest
performing elementary and high schools.
While these endeavors are core to
the success of Renaissance 2010 (and beyond), we will not lose sight of the
importance of making real our words from our inaugural “Back-to-School”
Event (“Building on Success”) on October 7. Honoring autonomy
matters as well as navigating the District on behalf of our schools to free up
resources and supports so that ONS practitioners can stay focused on educating
their youth. School leaders and charter operators will receive a new quarterly
communication later this month discussing our ongoing efforts to support ONS
schools and advocate on your behalf. We are excited to personalize such
communications to our partners, for example the new Illinois Network of Charter
Schools (INCS)/District 299 work group (first meeting this Friday, Nov 7).
We have a long way to go, but we
are dedicated to working with you so that our students, especially at the high
school level (where we have more room for growth), can get the most from your
Executive Officer, Office of New Schools
REN10 TOP TEN
Top Ten Things to Know About Schools Approved at the October
Board of Education Meeting
10. Approval of 23
Renaissance 2010 Schools. With the Board’s approval on October
22nd, 23 Renaissance 2010 schools will open fall 2009 (6 replicating
charters, 9 contract schools, and 8 performance schools).
Selection Process. Design teams completed a selection process that
began with the release of the Request for Proposals (RFP) on April 2, 2008.
From the 57 initial design framework applications submitted to open new schools
27 proposals moved on for approval by the Board.
More Students. These 23 newly approved Renaissance 2010 schools, at
capacity, will provide over 13,000 additional seats for Chicago school children.
7. Input fromCommunity Transition Advisory Councils (C-TACs).Fifty community members formed 4 CTACs in East
South Chicago, South Shore, and West
These fifty individuals volunteered over 1,060 hours in evaluating new school
proposals for their respective communities.
6. Community Feedback.
Over 2,000 community members attended various meetings to provide feedback for
· Twelve community forums in
consideration of initial design frameworks in June 2008
· Thirteen community forums in
consideration of full proposals in September 2008
· Thirteen public hearings in
consideration of full proposals going before the board in October 2008
District Successes. Three district elementary schools will serve
additional students by opening Renaissance 2010 schools. Ogden Elementary and
Alcott Elementary will expand their current K-8 model to serve grades 9-12 (Ogden International High School and Alcott High
School of the Humanities). South Loop elementary will model their
school in the new Renaissance 2010 school, South Shore Fine Arts Academy.
4. Replicating Charter
Successes. Several currently operating charter schools will
replicate their school models as new Renaissance 2010 schools. The following
charters were approved to open additional schools: Noble Street Charter (2 high schools and 1 elementary
school), Chicago International Charter
School (CICS) (1 Elementary School), and Urban Prep Charter Academy for Young Men (1 contract high
school in 2009 and 1 proposed contract high school for 2010).
3. New Career
Preparatory Schools. Chicago
Academy of Advanced Technology will have a career prep focus on
advanced technology with four primary tracks: Network / Desktop Systems,
Interactive Media, Database Management, and Programming/Software Engineering.
2. Diverse Educational
Development High School will
feature the educational model Talent Development, based at Johns Hopkins
University and currently
operating in several urban school districts. The
EPIC Academy will use Expeditionary Learning that engages students
in rigorous academic inquiry while taking students outside the classroom
regularly and using 21st-century skills. Garfield Park Preparatory Academy, operated by the Chicago School of
Professional Psychology, will integrate a research-based approach to
instruction from Columbia
1. More Choice. 23 new and
innovative school options will be available to Chicago students.
*Press release regarding the Chicago Board of Education
Approval of 18 schools for 2009: Press
with Josh: Optional Information Sessions for ONS Schools | Wednesday, November
12, 2008 from 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm | TAMS (501 W. 35th)
Join Josh Edelman, staff from the
Office of New Schools, and representatives from the Office of College and
Career Preparation for the following information session:
Topic: On Track for College:
Resources Available to High Schools
When: Wednesday, November 12 from
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Where: TAMS building, 501 W. 35th Street
(near U.S. Cellular Field) – Bridgeport
Room (1st Floor)
4:40 Audience members submit questions*
4:40 – 5:15 Presentation: Resources Available to Support College
and Career Preparation
· Greg Darnieder, Officer, Department of College and Career
– 5:45 Audience Q & A with
staff from College and Career Preparation and ONS
6:00 Open Forum with Josh Edelman, Executive
This session is particularly
applicable to high schools in the ONS portfolio, but all are welcome to attend.
RSVP and submit your questions for this session by: Monday, November 10 to
Laura Grenholm at email@example.com.
*Participants will be able to
submit questions on the day of the event, but to best help our presenters
prepare, we ask that you submit your questions via email ahead of time.
Chicago Math and Science Academy
(CMSA) 4th Annual Showcase | CMSA (1705
W Lunt Ave.) | Thursday, November 13, 2008 from
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The students and staff of CMSA
would like to invite everyone to their school to see what type of difference
charter schools are making. You will be able to see students and teachers
showcasing many of their talents during performances by the CMSA cheerleaders
and dance team, student artwork exhibits, and other presentations.
The event is free and open to the
public. Dinner will be provided. CMSA is located in the Rogers Park community
and has grades 6-12. They are currently accepting applications for the
2009-2010 school year. For more information visit cmsaonline.net.
School Leadership Information Meeting | CMSA (1705
W Lunt Ave.) | Wednesday, November 19, 2008 from 4:00
p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
leadership is a proven National Board Certification support program. Attend
this informational session to learn more about the program.
The Chicago Teachers
Union's Nurturing Teacher Leadership (NTL) program offers a small supportive
group setting where National Board Certification (NBC) candidates work
collaboratively and are mentored by National Board Certified Teachers (NBCTs).
Participants will read, study, and discuss literature and research on current
issues and topics in education. The focus is developing, improving, and validating
teaching, thereby increasing student achievement. During weekly meetings,
successful teaching practices are recognized and shared. Visit: http://www.ctunet.com/questcenter_ntl.htmlfor more information.
the Date: New Schools EXPO | Saturday, January 31, 2009 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm | Soldier
Field - Gate 6 (indoors)
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 scheduled to open in 2009 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.
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 a variety of topics related to
new schools. Indoor parking is free for those attending the EXPO. For those
taking public transportation, Soldier Field is accessible by the CTA. For more
information please contact Katheryn Hayes with RSF at 312-853-1211 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ONS Welcomes New Staff Members
The ONS team has been working
hard over the past several months to identify and hire new ONS staff members to
fill positions left by those who have moved on. Please join us in welcoming the
newest member of the ONS team: Beth Heatonwill serve as the Director of Recruitment. Jennifer
Husbands will serve as the Director of School Incubation and
Professional Development and has added two new members to her team, Laura Grenholm and Melanie Kahl, a Public Interest Fellow. Jerry Cade will serve as the Director of
Specialized Services and brings with him several staff members from OSS, including Nancy
Bobel, Carolyn Johnson, and Mary Beth Welsh. Tracey
Herbert has joined the Business Services team.
Lastly, the School Support team
has grown to their full capacity. They have brought on the following School Support
Coordinators: Ana Dominguez, Martin Ritter, Linda Shay, and Gamila
Williams. Kristen Molloywill work with all of the coordinators as a Public Interest Fellow.
Students from ONS High Schools Capture Over $1 Million in
High school students from the
Chicago Public Schools’ class of 2009 had an opportunity to meet with
personnel from 40 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) on
Friday, October 17, 2008 at the annual HBCU college fair. The event is
sponsored through a partnership with Siemens Building Technologies, Inc. and
its Building Education program and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) Department
of College and Career Preparation. After spending the evening talking to school
representatives, the announcement was made that 23 schools would offer over $35
million to about 300 students.
Students from ONS schools were
offered approximately $1.7 million. More than sixty students from nine ONS high
schools were offered scholarships. DeAna Porter from Lindblom was offered five
scholarships and Dan Jackson from Lindblom was offered six scholarships for over
$120,000 in funding for school. Congratulations to all of these students for
their achievements and for being proactive in their postsecondary education.
Tech Graduate Places Second at National Competition
Walker graduated from Architecture, Construction, and Engineering (ACE) Technical Charter School
this past summer. Rodney’s success in the local and regional competition of
the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) earned him a spot
in the national competition. The annual competition requires students to design
their own business plan and compete against fellow entrepreneurs.
month Rodney took home the $5,000 second place award at the competition in New York. Rodney had
some inspirational comments as he reflected on his success, “Anybody can achieve and
do anything if you take the initiative to make something a reality.”
Congratulations Rodney and best wishes in your future ventures.
UNO Receives Peggy Notebaert 2008 Environment Leadership
network was awarded the 2008 Environmental Leadership Award by the Peggy Notebaert
for the commitment that UNO has made to preserve the environment.
UNO has “gone green”
through various organizational initiatives including the “Verde Aquí,
Verde Mañana” (Green Here, Green Tomorrow) curriculum that was introduced
network-wide in which students learn about the importance of conserving the
Opened in 2007, UNO’s Officer
Donald J. Marquez campus was the first UNO Silver LEED Certified campus. The
facility is an adaptive re-use of an existing building and is rehabbed with
state-of-the-art green products and energy efficient construction and includes
a green roof. UNO's newest additions to the charter school network, the
Veterans Memorial School Campus, which houses three new schools in Archer Heights,
is also an adaptive re-use building and is slated to receive a Gold LEED
Certification when construction is complete.
Baxter Partnership Yields $5 Million Grant
Mayor Daley, other elected
officials, CEOs from international corporations, University officials, and CPS
officials gathered at Lindblom Math and Science Academy to announce a $5
million donation from Baxter International that will span five years. This
partnership arose from a conversation with one dynamic, passionate, and
committed teacher at Lindblom, Hortense Price. Ms. Price has been teaching
biology in CPS for 41 years and is currently the only CPS teacher teaching a
year-long biotechnology course. After Baxter employees met Ms. Price at
Principal for a Day last year, conversations began about how Baxter could help
to further the biotechnology program at Lindblom and across CPS.
Principal of Lindblom Alan Mather
noted the impact of this grant would “bring change to the city.”
· $2 million will support a Biotechnology Center of
Excellence at Lindblom that will serve as a professional development center for
all CPS science teachers.
· $1 million will be used by the Renaissance Schools
Fund (RSF) for the creation of two Renaissance 2010 Schools.
· $2 million will support IIT’s Instructional
Development System program to enrich teacher development and prompt future
growth in the biotechnology field.
Cheryl Watkins of Pershing West Awarded
Watkins was shocked to hear she would receive $25,000.
Ms. Watkins and a CPS teacher were recipients of the Milken Family Foundation
National Educator Award. The award is given to educators and education
professionals who are furthering excellence in education. The award recognizes
outstanding educators for providing an essential service to our community.
To date the Foundation has issued
over $60 million in awards. Congratulations to Ms. Watkins and the Pershing
West Teacher Named 2008 DRIVE Award Winner
It has been an exciting time at
Pershing West. Jeffrey Skocilich from Pershing West
Middle School was
recently named a 2008 DRIVE award winner. The DRIVE Award was created to
increase recognition for excellence and exceptional performance. Teachers were
nominated by their peers. One teacher was selected as a winner from each Area.
DRIVE awards include $2,500 for
the teacher, $1,000 for their school, a plaque, and membership on an advisory
council with CPS
Chief Executive Officer Arne Duncan. The council provides a direct line of
communication between the classroom and CEO. These educators, who are leaders
at their school, will advise Duncan
on strategies that could improve our quality of education district-wide.
Twenty-three winners of the DRIVE
Teacher Award were honored at a ceremony and dinner on October 23.
Congratulations to Mr. Skocilich and the Pershing West community.
Charter Schools Highlighted in Department of Ed. Report
The US Department of Education
recently released a report titled “A Commitment to Quality
National Charter School
Policy Forum Report.” The report looks at how charter schools have
fulfilled their promise as a sector to be the “engine of educational
innovation.” They highlight identify Chicago as a place where “dramatic
success stories have emerged.” Read the full report for more information about
the progress of the charter school movement.
Schools Making Headlines
ACE Technical Charter
School in Sun Times
An excerpt from the article:
“‘[a]nybody can achieve and do anything if you take the initiative
to make something a reality,” said Walker, who was recently elected
president of the Atlanta
college’s [Morehouse] freshman class. Netting the top prize would help
him pay for college, he said. “If you follow your passions, it can
Austin Polytech in a speech by Senator Obama
excerpt from the speech:
“Austin Polytech, located in the West Side neighborhood of Austin, is
the only school in Chicago dedicated to preparing students for
careers in advanced manufacturing.”
Chicago Charter Elementary Schools in The Chicago Tribune
An excerpt from the article:
“A Tribune analysis of state test data found that on average the 18 Chicago elementary charter
schools scored 7 to 9 percentage points higher on state tests than nearby
Community Services West in Medill Reports Chicago
An excerpt from the article:
“In addition to providing vocational training, Community Services West
helps academically at-risk students get on track to pursue higher education,
said the school’s co-director, Myra Sampson.”
Disney II Magnet
School onWTTW Chicago
Pershing West (Principal Cheryl Watkins awarded $25,000) in Sun Times
An excerpt from the article:
“Teachers and principals have the most important job in the country --
preparing every child for a bright future.”
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