Archive for February 2014

An open letter to Chicago Public Schools CEO and the Latino Advisory Committee

As Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennet and the Latino Advisory Committee prepare for their second meeting next week, I share this feedback to emphasize that, in order to fulfill its purpose of increasing engagement with the Latino community and enhancing the educational success of Latino students , the committee must include CPS teachers as regular... Read more »

Northwestern University dialogue series about Chicago Public Schools this Wednesday

This Wednesday, February 26, the Northwestern Community Development Corps’ (NCDC) lecture series, NCDC Dialogues, presents a conversation with four panelists about Chicago Public Schools. Tosha Dowey, Director of Community Engagement at the Academy for Urban School Leadership Alan Mather, Principal of the Lindblom Math and Science Academy Jackson Potter, Staff Coordinator at the Chicago Teachers... Read more »

Chicago Teachers Union Latino Caucus meets Saturday, March 1

Chicago Teachers Union Latino Caucus meets Saturday, March 1
The Chicago Teachers Union Latino Caucus aims to develop strong policy recommendations from rank and file educators, develop a Latino agenda, and improve public education for Latino students and educators.  Be part of the process! Join us this Saturday, March 1 for our retreat and help shape the mission of the caucus from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30... Read more »
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Chicago School Policy Forum Series addresses indicators that influence student success in Chicago Public Schools

This morning, the Business and Professional People for the Public Interest and Catalyst Chicago Magazine hosted their first forum of their 2014 Chicago School Policy Forum Series at the Union League Club of Chicago. The main question the speakers addressed was “What are the indicators that drive increased student academic success and graduation?”  The panel... Read more »

Chicago Latino Writing Initiative launching to cultivate Latino writers

Chicago Latino Writing Initiative launching to cultivate Latino writers
Proyecto Latina and Gozamos are partnering to launch a groundbreaking writing initiative to cultivate a new generation of Latino writers and help promote Chicago as a mecca of powerful Latino voices. The kick-off event will be March 3, 2014 at 7 p.m. at 1900 S. Carpenter, Chicago, IL 60608. Writers, editors, publishers, media and supporters of Latino literary... Read more »

Chicago Southwest side family without water for 7 days due to city's frozen pipes

For seven days, my Southwest side neighbor and his family have been without water.  Last Sunday, Jaime Munguia called me to ask if we had water.  We did.  He called another neighbor as well.  His home was the only one without water.  He examined the pipes inside his home but saw no evidence of frozen... Read more »
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Chicago Public Schools decides how to make up missed Polar Vortex days

Today, Chicago Public Schools sent an e-mail to staff about how we will make up the four January days schools closed because it was too cold for students to attend when the Polar Vortex hit our city on January 6 & 7 and again on Jan 27 & 28. Signed by Chicago Public Schools CEO... Read more »