AM News: Extended Days For 15 Elementary Schools


15 Chicago schools could see longer days Tribune:  In an effort to extend what is one of the nation's shortest school days, Chicago Public Schools plans to add 90 minutes to the schedules of 15 elementary schools using online courses and nonteachers, sources said... Local Organizations Partner with CPS to Mentor Youth WBEZ:  The Chicago School District is investing millions in mentoring troubled youth. Scores of local organizations are lining up to recruit and train the mentors. But unrealistic expectations on the part of well-meaning adults can result in failure. In turn that could put the youth they are hoping to serve at risk... Adler Planetarium is in a Space Race for NASA Shuttles WBEZ:  Chicago's Adler Planetarium is competing to buy one of three NASA space shuttles... For some Chicago kids, there's no escape from violence Tribune:  In Chicago's West Pullman neighborhood, Jeremiah Sterling dodged bullets, saw a classmate beaten to death and got into the occasional scuffle... Illinois Fighting Over Education Funding Fox Chicago:  We talked live with Dr. Patricia Watkins, CEO of "Target Area Development Coporation," a non-profit group working to get more federal funding for Chicago schools... Thornton High grad dies from Afghan war injuries Sun Times:  Sgt. 1st Class Edgar N. Roberts, a Thornton High School graduate, died Aug. 17 of injuries he received in Afghanistan, the Defense Department confirmed...  

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  • five schools this year, 10 more next year, according to this press advisory.

    The Mayor, CEO Huberman and others announce a pilot program that will provide Alternative Learning Opportunities to elementary school students in five targeted schools beginning this November. The program would add 90 minutes of online learning in math and reading for first through eighth grade students in those schools. Another 10 schools would be added to the Alternative Learning Opportunities program beginning in 2011 under the initiative.

    does anyone know what program it is that this one is based on? the trib story mentions an online initiative with great results but i can't find it or the great results.

  • Leland, ryerson, smyth, chavez, burke, hay, clark, gregory, calhon no, lawndale, walsh (presser today at walsh) woodson south, mt. Vernon, ft. Dearborn, evers

  • great stuff -- thanks! -- was the program in area 13 all that good, does anyone know?

  • The Alternative Learning Opportunities (ALO) program may create a complex situation in relation to another program called Response to Intervention (RtI). If the students in the ALO program are also students undergoing RtI, then the assessment of progress will ultimately have to be done by the classroom teacher of record, based on the model of three tiers of intervention used by RtI.

    It is not clear at all how the more formal interventions required by RtI will interface with the computerized instruction being conducted by the non-certified after school staff. Clearly the upside for teachers relating to this additional instruction is that they will reap any academic improvement for these students as part of any Value-added modeling (VAM)teacher assessment system.

    For students with IEPs who require specialized instruction and modifications pursuant to their IEPs the ALO program may also pose a problem. Since there will be no certified staff who are under the direct supervision of certified special education teachers at the after school programs will students with IEPs who require instructional modifications be excluded from the program? If they are excluded because of their disabilities the CPS may face litigation under the ADA. This is really a very complex proposal.

    Rod Estvan

  • more details about the rollout and the schools in each stage from wbez:

  • The Suntimes:

    The Chicago Teachers Union on Tuesday accused Mayor Daley

  • From the Suntimes article:

    Each class of 28 to 30 students will have two facilitators. Minimum qualifications include an associate

  • thanks to a reader for passing this ALO job announcement along -- they're hiring a coordinator now that the initiative has been rolled out

    Title Special Education Coordinator (Professional V)


    125 S Clark Street, 9th Floor Adams Chicago, IL 60603
    Position Value

    Position Grade

    Salary Band 7
    Position Period

    52 Weeks

    Minimum: $78,700, Midpoint: $94,800, Maximum: $111,000
    Position Summary

    Chicago Public Schools is launching a new initiative, Additional Learning Opportunities,
    to accelerate student achievement by increasing the amount of time students spend on

    learning activities. ALO will add 90 minutes of additional learning time to the end of the

    traditional school day. Students will be provided with online math & reading learning time

    and recess.

    The ALO Special Education Coordinator is responsible for coordinating the ALO work as

    it relates to special education. This position is responsible for all ALO communications,

    documents, and professional development of city wide special education staff and

    special education teachers. The coordinator will support the work of the school based

    special education staff.

    Principal Accountabilities

    1. Develops and coordinates all critical programmatic functions as they relate to

    special education and additional learning opportunities

    2. Supports school based coordination of special education and related services

    as they relate to additional learning opportunities including, but not limited to:

    a. IEP needs

    b. Meeting coordination

    c. Messaging to parents/guardians

    3. Works to develop a special education toolkit to support schools in ALO


    4. Develops, organizes, and provides special education-related professional


    5. Works with ALO to support the technical training as it relates to the eIEP

    6. Works to develop all special education communications

    7. Coordinates provisions of assistive technology needs for additional learning


    8. Collaborates with ITS & OSES to coordinate asset registry of all additional

    assistive technology devices and materials

    9. Identifies and secures additional staff needed to implement program (e.g.

    clinicians, additional special educators, paraprofessionals, etc

  • CPS was involved in those contract negotiations too by the way. After all, it is an AGREEMENT, not something teachers inflict on the Board. Ultimately, the Board of Ed wanted to pay NOTHING for 45 minutes more mandatory work per day. They didn't want to pay the equivalent percentage wage increase. They didn't want to pay half of the equivalent percentage increase. They didn't want to pay a single dollar. As a teacher I would LOVE a longer school day. But CPS wants it for free so they can spend more money on cronyism, patronage, and middle manager administration.

    I'm a CPS teacher in a neighborhood school. I work 2500 hours per year as a teacher. If we want to obsess about our "hourly" based pay rate and our mandatory hours then I get paid for less than half of those 2500 hours. I don't need to volunteer more time because the Board of Ed isn't interested in prioritizing instruction.

    If the Board wanted more instruction, they'd have paid for more instruction. Instead, they opted for babysitting and self-directed student computer time.

  • Of course, the key to your statement is starting salaries. Average or median salary is a completely different ball game - and that's where CPS is nowhere near above average.

    I'm perfectly content with my wages. I just think we should be honest about how CTU salaries compare, in the context of cost of living, to a) the rest of the metro area, and b) other major urban centers.

    Starting salaries have little to do with that. They're just serving as a side distraction in this discussion.

  • That's silliness. Of course there are abuses in ANY profession and ANY work system. Your scenario is an absurd fictionalization of reality.

  • The union will call out against it because they hire new people instead of calling back those they terminated.

    EduJobs money is enough to hire back 1,000 teachers. Instead Huberman says maybe 300-400.

  • daley defended the after school program in response to ctu criticisms according to this sun times update,CST-NWS-moreskul25.article

  • extended days for parents, too -- in the form of volunteering, recommended by the state,0,2719496.story

  • here's the tribune story on online education -- its spread, its controversy -- not sure there's anything new in there but here you go

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