Archive for August 2010

The Struggle To Save [Fix?] Smyth Elementary

  It’s a story we’ve heard a thousand times — a low performing neighborhood school pressured as new families move in and want more options for their kids. Last year it was Pulaski. The year before it was… I forget. The Chicago Journal has the latest version of the story, involving Smyth Elementary (Parents: Smyth... Read more »

The Return Of The New Teacher Center

  The Chicago New Teacher Center is back — sort of — thanks to a slew of foundations chipping in to pick up where CPS left off.  As you may recall, the program was cut and the coaches were fired.  CNTC has also gotten funding to start a new principal mentoring program.  Catalyst’s Rebecca Harris has the... Read more »

Deadlines And Official Holidays For 2020-2011

  Here’s the “official” calendar of holidays and deadlines for Illinois schools, thanks to the folks at IASB (PDF)  
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Chicago Public Schools, The Tour

  Want to tour Chicago public schools in mid-November?  Sure you do.  And now you can, thanks to the IASB.  And if all goes well then maybe next there will be a tour bus or musical based on the school system. Click here (PDF)  

Reading In Motion's NW Side Expansion

  “Reading In Motion is bringing its innovative arts-based reading programs to 15 schools on Chicago’s Northwest Side for the 2010-11 school year as part of a partnership with the Chicago Public Schools. The expansion into kindergarten and first grade classrooms in CPS’ Area 1 means RIM will be in about 25 elementary schools throughout... Read more »

AUSL Bringing In New High School Turnaround Czar

I’m told that Darius Adamson has been named the new director of HS turnaround for AUSL.  Adamson comes from Charlotte where he was ED of their Achievement Zone (where they place the lowest performing schools for turnaround).  See bio here.  Jarvis Sanford remains the director of ES turnaround.  Former HS turnaround director Brian Sims has been... Read more »
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PowerPoint: The World According To Huberman

Thanks thanks thanks to the reader who sent along this fascinating (yes!) PowerPoint presentation from the principals’ meeting at UIC last week. So much interesting information in there (like results from the Scantron pilot and school safety data comparisons from year to year).   Take it all with a grain of salt — and please... Read more »

Illinois Mandates Bilingual Preschool

Illinois recently became the first state in the nation to mandate preschool bilingual education screening (EdWeek) — even as suburban communities propose English only legislation and the nation debates so-called anchor babies.  All that and more will be discussed at the November 16 conference sponsored by the New Journalism on Latino Children (NJLC) project. Join... Read more »

Jobs: IFF Needs You

  The Illinois Facilities Fund is looking for a VP for policy development — that could be you (PDF).  Any other good jobs out there?  Not everyone can be a classroom teacher, obviously. 
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Violence, Gangs -- And Paying For Information

  Another deadly weekend for too many Chicagoans including several school-age kids, plus an interesting complaint against the principal of Schurz: 5 Dead, At Least 25 Hurt In Bloody Chicago Weekend CBS2:  A bloodbath plagued the streets of Chicago over the weekend, particularly on the West Side… ‘Wonderful kid’ killed in crossfire Sun Times:  When... Read more »