Chicagp Public Schools Community Planning Process by EG0uI4

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									Chicago Public Schools
Community Planning Process


       Mid-South Communities

       Presentation for the MPC
       Roundtable
       February 12, 2004
Topics covered today
 How CPS is supporting the Plan for
  Transformation
 The Mid-South Planning Process
Why Now?
 The CHA Plan for Transformation will result in
  dramatic shifts in the numbers and locations of
  families with school aged children.
 All children living in Mid-South should have
  access to high quality neighborhood schools with
  a range of educational programs
 Performance of existing schools is uneven
Our Challenge…
…to create a plan which is:
     Bold
     Innovative
     Incorporates current CPS plans and activities
     Reflects the desires of the current and future
      residents of the Mid-South communities
Opportunities
 Create portfolios of high-quality and varied
  neighborhood schools
 Extend learning opportunities across the day,
  calendar and generations;
 Build human capacity of principals, teachers,
  parents, as well as the staff of community
  organizations;
 Link resources, including public and private
  housing, schools, community-based
  organizations, foundation and corporate support
The Goal of the Planning Process
 Improve the schools to enhance the lives of all
  Mid-South community residents.
 All families will be able to choose among high-
  quality neighborhood schools for their children.
 To insure that every opportunity – both in
  education and in life – is accessible to all of our
  children through the schoolhouse doors in Mid-
  South communities.
 Create a process which can be replicated in other
  communities
Mid-South Communities
   31st - 47th Street, Lake to Dan Ryan
   3.3 square miles, 2,109 acres
   3 Wards - 2nd, 3rd, 4th
   Communities:
     North Kenwood
     Oakland
     Grand Boulevard
     Douglas
Mid-South Communities
25 Schools
    21 Elementary Schools
    4 High Schools

 Five of the 9 CHA planned mixed-income
  communities are within the project area
   2,645 units of public housing planned
   7,999 total units planned
Mid-South’s goals
   Build instructional capacity
   High quality teaching and leadership
   Expand choice within neighborhoods
   Strengthen existing high school programs
   Enhance accountability
Planning in Partnership with

   The residents of Mid-South communities
   The Chicago Public Schools
   The Chicago Housing Authority
   The Annenberg Institute for School Reform
   Members of the six working groups
   Bank One
   The MacArthur Foundation
   Chicago Community Trust
Structure of the Planning Process
           Executive Committee
             Six Working Groups




           Community Forums
         Implementation Committee
        Support Staff at CPS and AISR
The Working Groups
   High-Performing Neighborhood Schools
   Strengthening Early Childhood Learning
   Building Human Capacity
   Linking Housing, Schools and Communities
   Extending Learning Opportunities
   Supporting Innovation
Examples of possible Big Ideas
 Big Idea: Create a coordinated system of
  learning opportunities from infancy through year 8
  of a child’s life that would work to guarantee that
  by age 8, all children would have the basic
  academic and social skills to thrive in school
 An Implementation Strategy: Develop an
  integrated early childhood intake center located in
  Mid-South.
    A mom with a 6 month old, 2 year old and a 5 year old,
     would go to the center to coordinate all daycare needs.
Possible big ideas cont.
 Big Idea: Every child should have the ability
  to pursue learning opportunities outside of
  school which allows them to pursue areas
  of interest.
 An Implementation Strategy: Music &
  dance classes, recreational programs, and
  many other after-school activities are
  offered within walking distance to every
  school in Mid-South.
Linking Housing Schools &
Community Working Group
   Developers
   CHA senior staff
   Resident leadership
   Lenders
   Community organizations
   Universities
   Elected Officials
   Foundations
It’s the most challenging
 The group focuses mostly on schools
  because its hard to make connections
 Examples of success on the same scale do
  not exist
 Lack of research
 Historically, community development and
  education communities do not meet and
  talk the same language
 It’s complicated
Themes emerging from Linking
Housing, Schools & Community
 Partnerships with significant institutions: Partners
  need to be responsible for success
 Community organizing: Residents need to be
  organized to demand and support quality schools
 Signature Programs: Schools need signature
  programs with proven records of success (NKO, Field
  Museum, High Tech High)
 Community centers: Schools should be hubs of
  community activity through extended hours, co-
  located facilities (e.g., library and social services
  located inside the school) etc.
Timeline: The Mid-South
Planning Process
 Phase 1 – Developing Design Principles –
  December 18, 2003 to March 18, 2004
 Phase 2 – Drafting a Plan – March 19,
  2004 to May 24, 2004
 Phase 3 – Creating an implementation
  strategy May 25, 2004 – January 2005
The completed plan…
 The Plan will not:
   Include new school buildings
   Identify schools scheduled for closing
 The Plan will:
   Build on good things already underway in
    Mid-South
   Align with the CPS Education Plan
   Identify new academic programming and
    ways to support learning in and out of
    school
The Completed Plan will also
include recommendations on…
 How to use schools to their maximum capacity
 Ways central office can change policies and
  procedures to support a new system
 Before and after school programs
 Early childhood programs
 High performing neighborhood schools
 Schools that should be clustered, including a mix
  of specialties
 School models
 Sizes of schools
Plan implementation will include...


 A process which involves parents,
  teachers, community partners, universities,
  and funders
 Regular community updates
 The opening of some Mid-South schools in
  the Fall 2005 for the residents of Mid-South
 A 5-year phased strategy

								
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