Ren10 Update - 1700 "New" Students

Image001Click below for the latest Ren10 update from CPS, including news about the latest cohort of folks starting new schools (cohort III, pictured).

There's also stuff about new schools teachers who made national certification, an overview of the Ren10 initiative (year three, 83 schools including 24 pre-Ren10s and 5 PD schools, 1700 kids "new to CPS," and much much more.


100 New Schools for Chicago


February 2007

Volume 3, Issue 2




New Schools 2007 National Board Certified Teachers

Listed Alphabetically Provided by the Chicago Public Education Fund


1. Charlette Brown. Dodge Renaissance Academy

1. Sharon Carothers, Chicago Academy Elementary School

1. Elizabeth Dozier,
Young Womens
Leadership Charter School

1. Ross Hunefeld, Noble Street Charter High School

1. Karla Kemp. Dodge Renaissance Academy

1. Sonjanita Moore,
Young Womens
Leadership Charter School

1. Molly Meyers, Lindblom Math & Science Academy

1. Barbara Pagniucci,
CICS Bucktown Campus

1. Lisa Prodromo, Lindblom Math & Science Academy

1. Dwayne Sanders, ACT Charter High School

1. Susan Stahl. North Lawndale College Preparatory Charter High School

1. Alfonso Tapia, Young
Leadership Charter High School





Front Porch Theology Play | Northwestern
University | February 7-9th


Pershing West Magnet School is performing Front
Porch Theology: Stories of Life, Survival, and Praise
February 2-3rd at 3200
S. Calumet. Tickets are $7 in advance and $10 at
the door. Curtains open promptly at
7:00 PM and a reception will be immediately following
the show. Please contact the school for more information at 773-534-9240.


Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop |
Northwestern University | February 7-9th


The Grant
Institutes Grants 101: Professional
Grant Proposal Writing Workshop
will be held at
Northwestern University. Interested development professional,
researchers, faculty, and graduate students should register as soon as
possible. Seats are filling quickly. All participants will receive
certification in professional grant writing from the Institute. The three-day
workshop will consist of: Fundamentals of Program Planning, Professional Grant
Writing, and Grant Research. Registration is $597.00 and includes all materials
and certificates. For more information call (888) 824-4424 or visit the Grant
Institute website at


Illinois NCLB Conference | Sheraton Hotel | Thursday, February 14-16th


The 2007
Statewide No Child Left behind Conference
will take place in
Chicagos Sheraton Hotel & Towers
February 14-16, 2007. The conference theme is Beyond
Boundaries: Strategies for Reaching All Students. With over 200 sessions,
participants can network with many innovative colleagues during panels, presentations,
discussions, and workshops. On-site registration will be available on a first
come first serve basis with an additional $10 fee. For more information visit


Teacher Professional Development Conference


The Chicago Public Schools will be holding professional
development sessions over three Saturdays for all
CPS teachers
. Sessions are
designed to increase communication between CPS leadership and teachers on:

 District vision and

 District and session
relevant data

 Classroom level
strategies and resources


The conference will be split into six separate sessions
held on three separate Saturdays in order to target teacher cohorts. The Office
of New Schools will have a resource table at the conference and cordially invites
volunteers to staff the table with us. This is an opportunity to share
experiences of working in new schools. If you are interested in nominating a
teacher, parent, or student to work at the table with us, please submit the
name, title, school, and time slot to Akilah Williams at by Wednesday,
February 14, 2007
. The schedule of
sessions is listed below:






February 17

9 - 11 AM

Symphony Center

Pre K 2nd Teachers

February 17

1 3 PM

Symphony Center

HS: English, Art, Music, PE, JROTC

February 24

9 - 11 AM

Hyatt Regency

E. Wacker Dr

HS: Math, Science, Education to Careers

February 24

1 - 3 PM

Hyatt Regency

HS: Social Science, Reading, Foreign Language, Counselors, Librarians


Chicago Schools Policy Luncheon | Union League
Club | Thursday, February 22nd


The 2007 Chicago Schools Policy Luncheon Series Making School Autonomy Work
for Children
, will examine the critical issues surrounding school
autonomy and accountability. With examples such as school-based management,
schools-within-schools, small schools, demonstration schools, and charter
schools, there is a demand for more autonomy yet receiving the right is a
struggle. February will highlight the national policy and local implementation.


February 22, 2007

The Union League Club of Chicago

Main Lounge

65 W. Jackson Boulevard

Chicago, IL

Reception: 11:30 AM

Lunch: 12:00 

Adjournment: 1:30 PM

Speakers: Andrew Rotherham, Co-Director

Joseph Palumbo, Senior Executive


To download a
reservation form, go to and click on the Chicago Schools Policy
Luncheon Series ad. The cost is $35 per luncheon.





UPLIFT Teachers Volunteer Services to Schools in


Three teachers from UPLIFT Community School volunteered to work at a school in a rural village outside of Ocho
Rios in the Parish of
St. Ann Jamaica. During the week of January 2, 2007, they built and stocked thirteen classroom libraries, painted
classrooms, and conducted a teambuilding day for students. Following their
return, they presented at the Best Practice Conference at
Lane Tech High School on Friday, January 26, 2007. The participating teachers were:

  • Selina Bartels
  • Jennifer Robin
  • Aubrey Kellet


Little Village Campus Conducts Solidarity March


During observance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, the Little
Village Campus organized activities with support of the Little Village
Community Development Corporation and Lawndale Christian Development
Corporation. The Little Village Campus consists of four small high schools:
Infinity Math, Science and
Technology High School, Multicultural School of Arts, School of
Social Justice, and World Language. Over 400 participants poured into the
campus auditorium for the rally which included affirmations, dances, percussion
performances, poetry, and song. Students rallied through both communities to
create unity around common goals and struggles and proactively respond to
negative divisive forces. North Lawndale College Preparatory High School
(NLCPHS) students also came out to march.


As the group marched from the high school campus to the busy main
streets, Pulaski and Ogden Avenues, students proudly held up signs that
challenged: "Stop Violence," "End Racism," and "United
We March." The crowd had swelled to 500 by the time the march culminated
Lawndale Community Church for speeches and the breaking of Mexican
and African-American "bread." Prexy Nesbitt, an activist who marched
with King in the 1960s, said that the 2007 march had made history: Never before
had he seen a group as this one gather in a Westside church to show support of
King's dreams and challenges.


Deerfield Teacher is Touched by ACT through Facing
History and Ourselves


Through a year long conversation between Deerfield High
and ACT Charter High
, teachers and students engaged in literature and writing activities
as students committed to read several books. Both schools had the opportunity
to visit one another which evoked some difficult themes of inclusion and
exclusion. However in the end they were both able to learn about life by moved
past their divides that have been created by society. It was stated that rarely
in a teachers career is there education moments that will last forever
however facilitating and participating in this
year-long conversation was one of those enduring
experiences. Each adult was gracious and sincere and each student was honest,
open-minded, and thoughtful. Facing History and Ourselves is an international
educational and professional development organization whose mission is to
engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice,
and anti-semitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and
informed citizenry. For more information, visit


Tarkington Tech Coordinator Creates Teacher


Alex Damarjian of Tarkington School of Excellence created a website designed
Chicago public school teachers to post advice
online for colleagues, ask questions about curriculums or just get to know one another.
He stated the site is designed to allow teachers, administrators, and support
personnel to have an open forum to express their thoughts on every aspect of
teaching. Soon he plans to add video lesson plans and a game arcade. While the
site is still being developed he encourages everyone to visit it at





Office of New Schools Gives Status Report


While Renaissance 2010 is
in its third year, there are some early indicators that the initiative is on
track and is one of the initiatives of Chicago Public Schools that working to
increase academic achievement. The Office of New Schools currently manages 83
new schools which include 24 pre-Renaissance 2010 charter schools, 54
Renaissance 2010 schools, and 5 professional development schools (professional
development portion only). Below are a few highlights of thee new schools:

  • Over 1,700 Renaissance 2010 students are
    new to CPS
  • 19 school leaders are alumni of New
    Leaders for New Schools
  • 90+ members have served on Transition
    Advisory Councils (TACs)
  • Over 800 individuals subscribe to the
    Renaissance 2010 Report
  • 89% of Renaissance 2010 students reside
    in primary or surrounding community of the school they attend
  • Students are transferring out of
    Renaissance 2010 schools at nearly half the rate of the district (7.7% vs.
  • New schools have a higher graduation
    rate than the district (89.9% vs. 73.4%)
  • Charter school students have a higher
    attendance rate (Elementary schools: 94.6% vs. 94.4% and High school:
    93.1% vs. 86.0%)
  • Charter schools are making upward
    progress in ISAT composite scores and closing the achievement gap across
    students that meet state standards
  • Teachers in new schools feel like they
    have more collective responsibility, innovation, and program coherence in
    their schools
  • High school students tend to feel more
    supported, safer, and have higher expectations in new schools
  • New schools rank top 5 in all but one
    category for the CPS High School Score card


This data has been
collected from the CPS Office of Research, Evaluation, and Accountability, the
Consortium for Chicago School Research, and the Student Connection Survey.
While the performance indicators are great, the initiative realizes there are
some challenges ahead. The key challenges are availability and cost of
facilities, sustainability, and the charter cap.


Incubation Launches for Cohort III Schools


The Chicago
Public Schools is pleased to announce 17 new schools will open this fall. There
will be 9 charter schools, 5 performance schools, and 3 contract schools. Four
of the schools were approved in 2005 and the remaining 13 were approved in
2006. During incubation
the Office of New Schools provides the following
support, guidance and resources for new schools:

  • Temporary
    office space at the
    TAMS Center located on 35th Street 
  • Start up
    support through access to the School Coordinators
  • Monthly
    Incubation Meetings that cover a variety of professional development
    programs and topics including:
    • Special
    • Teacher
      Recruitment and Hiring
    • Community Outreach/Involvement 
    • And much

  • Annual
    Incubation Retreat which includes workshops on
    • Interim
      Assessments and Data Driven Decision Making
    • Post
      Secondary Strategies at all grade levels


us is welcoming Cohort III and we look forward to unveiling their schools in
the fall.




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

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  • What does it mean by "new" students? Are these students who were or would have gone to private schools and instead are choosing CPS or are these simply new kids entering kindergarten or first grade?

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