Archive for September 2009

Picking A Good Blog Name

Many people — Karen L., Annie S., Julie W., George, Xian, Lou P., Brian B., Rod, Kugler, Victor H. — have commented on this site in the past using their real names.  But there’s also a long tradition of made-up or partial-name blog names.  Some of the most memorable include yellowdart, Retired Principal, catbus, rodentface,... Read more »

2009-2010 School Policy Luncheon Series

BPI and Catalyst have announced the dates and topics for their 2009-2010 luncheon series, which is this year focused on extended learning time: Is More Time the Wave of the Future?” (October 28)How More Time Can Ignite Change” (November 19) Marrying Schools and After-School Time” (January 21) Chicago has one of the shortest school days... Read more »

Does A "Residency" Year Make A Classroom Difference?

Most people lump alternative certification programs into one big category, but they are not all the same.  One of the programs with a residency component, run by AUSL and National Louis, just got a $3 million grant from the USDE.  This is new for the USDE to award these grants to residency models.  AUSL claims... Read more »
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A Good Time To End The Education Lottery

While the Board of Education and much of the public are trying to figure out how to “fix” Chicago’s selective enrollment and magnet program admissions policies now that the desegregation decree has been lifted, little thought seems to be going to what may be a timely alternative:  getting rid of magnet, selective, and other programs... Read more »

Wednesday Morning Education News

Chicago officials begin work on new admissions process Catalyst Race will not be used as a factor in this year’s admissions process for magnet and selective schools, meaning that parents will be applying without knowing what criteria will be used.. Bolingbrook teen charged in SW Side fatal shooting Sun Times A 15-year-old boy was charged... Read more »

More Fenger Coverage -- Not Much New Info

Prosecutor: Fenger teen threw ‘knockout punch’ Tribune Earlier today, Fenger showed some signs of returning to normal this morning as students quietly trickled into classes — and police cars patrolled the block. Six teen homicide victims in four days in Chicago Tribune RedEye looks at teenage murder victims this month. Report: Fire city public safety... Read more »
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Chicago Education's Rising Stars

Check out this profile of Akeshia Craven, a former engineer who is now one of Chicago’s new chief area officers.  It’s either inspiring or depressing depending whether Craven is any good at her job.  I don’t know much about what Craven did before she got the CAO gig, other than participating in the Broad Residency... Read more »

Fixing The Comments Features On D299

Dislike for the original comments system put in on this site last week was pretty much universal — apologies to all — so after a few days of complaining from all of us the folks at ChicagoNow have changed it back to something closer to what everyone wants.  The new system shows the number of... Read more »

Tuesday Morning Education News

It’s not all about Fenger in Chicago schools, though it’s hard to see that right now: Parents, Faculty Desperate For New Addition To Edgebrook Elementary Chicago Talks Members of the Edgebrook School community have been working with Chicago Public Schools to draw up plans for a new wing, which would include eight classrooms, a warming... Read more »
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What Really Happened At Fenger -- And Will Anything Change?

What happened that let the situation at Fenger get so out of hand that nobody could stop it — even as the schools chief was highlighting violence prevention at the very same time?  Is anything good going to come out of this latest tragedy, or is this just Blair Holt all over again? Will the... Read more »