Archive for August 2012

Prepping CPS Students to be Future Leaders

Prepping CPS Students to be Future Leaders
Chicago Public Schools is partnering with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation to announce the Global Citizenship Initiative, an effort to strengthen civic learning in urban school districts and prepare young people for participation in our democracy. The Global Citizenship Initiative addresses a civic achievement gap, caused by a lack of high-quality, school-based civic learning opportunities.... Read more »

Don't Ask Your Child What They Did At School...

Don't Ask Your Child What They Did At School...
Instead ask them “did they ask any good questions today in class?” This promotes critical thinking skills.     Regional Director of the National Family Engagement Alliance and fellow Mom Congress Delegate (CT), Gwen Samuel posted this suggestion recently. Immediately, I saw the potential for a blog post!   What Exactly is Critical Thinking ?... Read more »

How Your Shopping This Weekend Can Support the Best Teachers in Illinois

Love to shop until you drop? Need some back-to-school clothes for the kids? How about something new for your home? Getting a jump on…dare I say it…holiday shopping? (Oh no, I said it) By shopping this weekend at Macy’s, you can support some of Illinois’s most outstanding educators- Golden Apple teachers! Golden Apple is a... Read more »
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Heading Back to School with the ABCs of Life

Heading Back to School with the ABCs of Life
The lunches are made. The backpacks are filled with school supplies. Brand new gym shoes have all been bought. Summer has passed all too quickly, and the night before the start of the new school year is here. This is the perfect time of year to share an inspirational message from Byron V. Garrett, the... Read more »

Free Homecoming Dresses for Chicago Area High School Students

Free Homecoming Dresses for Chicago Area High School Students
A Chicago based for-profit textile recycling company, USAgain is hosting its first ever Homecoming Goes Green dress giveaway.  High school students are invited to select one free dress to wear to their school’s homecoming dance or prom. They are encouraged to bring one unwanted T-shirt to the event, to show their commitment to reducing textile... Read more »

Please Keep Your F-Bombs to Yourself!

Please Keep Your F-Bombs to Yourself!
  It is Sunday morning in a local family restaurant.  I will repeat that it is a FAMILY restaurant.  It is crowded.  We are surrounded by families and senior citizens. For fun, I have biked here with my children. Two tables over, a group of young adults are talking very loudly above the racket of... Read more »
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CPS Can't Afford a Longer Day

CPS Can't Afford a Longer Day
One of the most rewarding aspects of writing for ChicagoNow is meeting and collaborating with others who are just as passionate about educational issues as I am. I had the opportunity to meet Tracy Baldwin who is a Chicago resident and advocate for her children’s education. She is the founder of 6.5 to Thrive. I... Read more »

Home Sweet....School?

  Is Home Schooling For You? A friend of mine recently told me she has decided to home school her child this year.  He will not be returning to our local junior high.  I wasn’t surprised, because she had been considering it for a long time.  (It is not something you just jump into!) I... Read more »

Slacked Off on Summer Skills? Read This and Relax a Little!

Slacked Off on Summer Skills? Read This and Relax a Little!
Had good intentions to have the kids keep up their summer skills?  Where are those so-called “lazy days of summer?”  As we all try to get the most out of what summer has to offer…not many lazy days here. If the suggested reading, workbooks, and packets from teachers are still undone, ease your mind a... Read more »
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Mom Congress Selection Lands Me on WGN's Chicago's Very Own

Mom Congress Selection Lands Me on WGN's Chicago's Very Own
It was an honor! It was exciting! It was really fun! Friday as the Olympic Games debuted with their Opening Ceremonies, all eyes in my house were switched over to WGN’s Nine O’Clock news where I was to be featured as one of Chicago’s Very Own. Pretty stiff competition to go up against, but the... Read more »
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