Small Schoolers Meet June 14

The Small Schools Workship's Mike Klonsky is inviting folks interested in helping start a new small high school within Austin HS in the fall of 07 to meet on the 14th. Details below. 

From Klonksy:

Meeting for teachers interested in starting

a new, small, high school

Wednesday, June 14th from 4-6 P.M.

Small Schools Workshop 11th floor Conference Room

1608 N. Milwaukee Ave. (N.W. Corner of North and Milwaukee)

The Small Schools Workshop will host a meeting for teachers who are interested in starting a new small high school called Austin Polytech which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2007.

The new school will be housed as one of the new small schools within Austin High School.

Austin Polytech will be part of the city's Manufacturing Renaissance and will combine combine academic and technical curricula around a career theme, in partnership with local employers that provide intrernships and opportunities for hands-on learning. Graduating students will be prepared for college and/or the world of work.

It is being created with support from Center for Labor and Community Research (CLCR) with support from a broad array of groups including the Illinois Manufacturers Assoc., the Chicago Federation of Labor and the CTU.

This unique new school will be a Performance School under CPS's Renaissance 2010 initiative. Teachers will be part of the CTU and its collective bargaining unit with CPS. But it will have a high degree of autonomy for curriculum and organization design and structure.

We want a core team of creative and energetic small-schools-oriented teachers who will work  as a collaborative team to help design the school.

If you are interested or want to learn more , please RSVP.

Michael Klonsky, Director
Small Schools Workshop
P. 773-384-1030
F. 773-384-1226
smallschoolsworkshop@yahoo.com
URL: www.smallschools.com

P.S. Here are some articles of interest:

1. Vo-tech might go high-tech
2. Ambiguity About
Preparation for Workforce Clouds Efforts to Equip Students for Future

3.  Vocational
Programs Earn Mixed Reviews, Face Academic Push

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