Thanks to a very kind reader here's a link to the Brizard "Town Hall" from Wednesday morning, during which he laid out the new central office org chart and the collaboratives and networks. [Remember to hit "play" in the upper left hand corner to get things started.] There's also a letter that goes along with the meeting, inviting you to check it out. If only it were embeddable and CPS just sent me this stuff directly to you to share.
From: Jean Claude Brizard
Sent: Fri 7/29/2011 6:15 PM
To: CO ALL
Subject: Letter from Jean-Claude Brizard
It has been an exciting week here at CPS as we have begun to implement the first phase of an organizational redesign, and I want to thank so many of you for attending the Town Hall Meeting to learn more.
We believe this new structure will establish greater coherence and reinvent CPS, ensuring we are all better prepared to support our school leaders and improve student achievement.
If you were unable to attend the meeting, we encourage you to view the webinar presentation at http://cpslive.cps.k12.il.us/
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As we explained, to better reflect the new CPS vision, we are redesigning the Areas into a more cohesive, neighborhood- and community-based set of Networks. This shift will create more effective PreK-12 collaboration and result in greater support of principals, teachers, and students.
As a result of this transition, there will be some immediate changes impacting the Areas:
• First, we will be calling the individual elementary and high school Areas “Networks,” and the elementary/high school networks will be grouped geographically to form a “Collaborative.”
• The Chief Area Officer title will be changing to “Chief of Elementary Schools” and “Chief of High Schools,” to reflect accountability for the school portfolio.
• With the old Area boundaries redrawn to keep neighborhoods and communities whole, each portfolio of schools and principals is changing.
• Finally, the new Network leaders will work collaboratively to create a seamless PreK-12 learning community. There will be a climate of professional collaboration and sharing of best practices by establishing structures that foster shared learning, information and resource exchange across schools, networks and within the collaborative.
To view the Map of Networks and Collaboratives, visit http://www.cps.edu/About_CPS/
Departments/Documents/. To view a list of schools and managing Chiefs per Network, visit http://www.cps.edu/About_CPS/ NewAreas_ElemNewNames_ NetworkLegend.pdf Departments/Documents/. SchoolsByNetwork_7_27_11.pdf
We are excited to take these first steps and ask for your continued support as we move the District forward. I am confident that if we work together, we can continue to make great progress in helping each and every child succeed in the classroom.
Chicago Public Schools | CEO
Mark your calendar for the first day of school!
Early Start (Track E): 8.8.11 / Regular Track: 9.6.11