Chicago Public Schools student loves basketball jerseys but fears the trouble they bring

Chi-Teens, the podcast produced by Hancock College Prep’s after-school club, invited Chicago Public Schools senior Uriel Acuña to share his essay about growing up with an awareness of gun violence. Uriel loves basketball–and he really likes wearing jerseys.  But, Uriel realized, sometimes wearing the wrong piece of clothing can bring a young man trouble. Listen... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools and city leaders break ground for new Hancock College Prep building

Chicago Public Schools and city leaders break ground for new Hancock College Prep building
On Saturday, Mayor Emanuel, Alderman Marty Quinn, Representative Michael Madigan, and Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson joined the Hancock College Prep community to break ground for the new Hancock College Prep building on 64th and Long, a few blocks east of Central Avenue on the city’s Southwest side. Hancock Principal Devon Herrick was the... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools students evaluate Lori Lightfoot's mayoral victory speech

How can my Chicago Public Schools writing students and I not talk about Lori Lightfoot’s victory speech on Tuesday?  Plus, this study fit nicely with our current focus on speeches.  With the SAT happening next week, an analysis essay proved to be some good confidence-building test prep.  We wanted to take a look at how effectively... Read more »
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Chicago Public Schools students interview University of Chicago Crime Lab researcher about crime prevention

As part of our Podcast Club at Hancock College Prep,  students dedicated time to exploring the impact of gun violence in our city.  For this segment, three Chicago Public Schools students interviewed Anthony Berglund, a senior research manager with the UChicago Crime Lab. In this interview, he discusses two strategies his organization and the Chicago Police... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools students interview survivors of gun violence

As part of our Podcast Club at Hancock College Prep, a southwest side Chicago public school, students dedicated time to exploring the aftermath of gun violence. For the first segment, Rachel Arroyo interviewed a young woman from the Southwest side who was at Orland Square Mall in January when a teenager was fatally shot near... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools students produce teen mental health podcast

A group of Chicago Public Schools students at Hancock College Prep got together and explored the question: Do teens take mental health seriously? This podcast episode includes: A conversation with the dean of students about how schools can help students and how students need to advocate for their own mental health An overview of mindfulness... Read more »
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Chicago Public Schools teacher to discuss race in American schools with Eve Ewing

Chicago Public Schools teacher to discuss race in American schools with Eve Ewing
This winter, scholar and activist Eve Ewing organized a series of documentaries exploring the central role that race has played in the experience of schooling in America. What constitutes a “good” school, and for whom? Who is included in the vision of education as the great equalizer, and who is left out? I’m honored that Eve... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools lets down Hancock College Prep with new building

This is the statement I prepared for the Chicago Public Schools Board of Education meeting today: This is the third time I stand before this governing body with the same request: Give Hancock College Prep the building our community deserves. We did not choose the title of Selective Enrollment.  The title fell on us.  In... Read more »

How Julián Castro Must Change to Be a Viable Presidential Candidate

On Saturday, Julián Castro announced his candidacy for president of the United States.  However, if Castro wants to be a viable  frontrunner, he needs to show us a mirror of the state we’re currently in as a nation and conjure a window where we can envision some escape from Trump’s volatile presidency. During his speech, Castro... Read more »
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My Chicago Public Schools Students Give Trump’s Border Wall Address High Grades, Unfortunately

Trump focused on evoking anxiety, heartache, horror, distress, exasperation.  And my students disappointedly began to conclude that Trump achieved his rhetorical purpose: To convince Americans that there is a crisis at the border and funding for a wall should be approved so the government shutdown can end. “He makes this sound so simple,” Jose said. ... Read more »