New Schools Report
Highlights from Chicago's new schools initiative
February 2010 - Vol. 6, Issue 2
In This Issue New Schools EXPO a Huge Success
Resources for Schools Opening this This weekend, the Renaissance Schools Fund, in partnership with the Chicago
Fall Public Schools, held the 3rd Annual New Schools EXPO. Nearly 4,500 parents and
EPIC Academy "Friendraiser" students attended the event at Soldier Field to learn about and apply to the city's
charter, contract, and performance schools. Seeing the thousands of families at the
KIPP Ascend Dinner & Silent
EXPO reinforces the great need for new school options in our city.
Education Week Leadership Forum Leaders from eighty-five new school campuses spoke with families and received
Namaste Unveils Building Addition applications from attendees. In addition, participants attended workshops geared
towards informing parents on choosing the right school for their children. Players
Mayor Dedicates New Tech Center from the 1985 Chicago Bears championship team were on hand to sign autographs
$5 Million to Support Urban and talk with attendees.
Governor Pat Quinn, Mayor Daley, and CEO Ron Huberman participated in a rally
INCS Announces New President
at the event, confirming their commitment to choice and new schools. You can
Illinois Charter Law Ranking watch some of the press coverage of the EXPO at the following link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asF7DtY5kmQ or in Spanish here:
Schools in the News
10 Resources for New Schools Opening this Fall
10. Office of New Schools Resource and Issue Management (RIM) Team. The "RIM" team
supports the educational and operational success of all schools. Each school has an assigned coordinator
who will work closely with the school throughout its opening and operation.
9. Educational Endeavors. Educational Endeavors (EE) aims to improve the quality of public schools
by providing workshops for school leadership and teachers, offering youth leadership programs and
academic tutoring, and coaching schools in curriculum design and professional development. Check out
everything EE offers at www.educationalendeavors.org.
8. CPS Office of External Resources. External Resources provides leadership, guidance, and
support in acquiring competitive financial and nonfinancial external resources in support of student
achievement and staff development. http://grants.cps.k12.il.us
7. The Main Idea. This monthly summary of an educational book gives educators a working knowledge
of its content and offers suggestions for staff professional development. www.themainidea.net.
6. Marshall Memo. This weekly guide is designed to keep principals, teachers, superintendents, and
very well-informed on current research and best practices in the field. http://www.marshallmemo.com
5. Chicago Public Schools' Office of Recruitment and Workforce Planning. CPS career fairs
attract thousands of excellent teacher candidates each year. Be sure to check the CPS Human Resources'
website for upcoming events. www.cps-humanresources.org
4. Monthly Incubation Meetings. Each month, the School Start Up Services team hosts
informational sessions for new schools. Topics include technology, budget, creating school culture,
recruiting teachers and students, and more.
3. Consortium on Chicago School Research (CCSR). In partnership with the University of
Chicago, CCSR offers valuable studies based on research conducted within Chicago public schools. With
new studies constantly published, you can check out the website to read the latest study, find new
research, best practices, and survey results. www.ccsr.uchicago.edu
2. www.cps.edu. The official website of the Chicago Public Schools is filled with information and
resources for parents, students, and the community.
1. Plan a School Visit. Schedule time to visit a newly opened school or maybe pay a visit to a more
seasoned school. New schools can benefit from speaking with other school founders to hear about lessons
learned and see the schools in action.
EPIC Academy "Friendraiser" - Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010 from 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Now that EPIC Academy's inaugural first trimester is in the books, the school invites friends, family, and
community members to share the EPIC experiences of its students and staff. Meet educators and students who
will eagerly tell you what this school means to them.
1st Annual EPIC Academy "Friendraiser"
Where: 8255 S. Houston
When: Thursday, February 4, 2010 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
What: Student Tours & Presentation; Hors d'oeuvres & cocktails
Admission: $40 (all proceeds will go directly to the school)
The EPIC Academy is a College Preparatory, Expeditionary Learning public high school in the South Chicago
community. The school provides the high expectations and supports necessary for urban students to reach
their college, career, and community action goals.
KIPP Ascend Dinner & Silent Auction - Friday, Feb. 26, 2010 from 8pm - 11pm
Support KIPP Ascend Charter School and attend its dinner and silent auction on February 26th. The event will
feature guest speaker Mike Feinberg (co-founder of KIPP).
KIPP Dinner and Silent Auction
Where: Reza's Restaurant, 432 West Ontario, Chicago
When: Friday, February 26, 2010 from 8pm-11pm
Info: To view the invite, http://tinyurl.com/KIPP-invite
KIPP Ascend is a public charter middle school in the city's Austin community. KIPP Ascend is guided by a
simple mission: to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and character traits necessary to succeed in top-
quality high schools and universities, and to have a positive impact on their communities. At KIPP Ascend,
students "climb the mountain" to college!
Education Week Leadership Forum - April 7, 2010 (Chicago)
Education Week's upcoming Leadership Forum is an opportunity for you and your colleagues to learn from
and collaborate with other top educators and data-use experts in an interactive, one-day forum. The forum will
be in Chicago on April 7 and in Washington, D.C. on April 19.
Sessions will be packed with best practices and results-oriented techniques. You will return with practical,
cutting-edge tactics to leverage the data you're already collecting, boost teachers' skill in using data to guide
instruction in real time, and much more. Register online, http://www.edweekevents.org/register
Student and School Highlights
Namaste Unveils Building Addition
Students and staff at Namaste Charter School returned from winter break to find that they now had a little
more space to stretch their legs, 13,000 square feet of space. The addition is part of Namaste's "Build Namaste
Campaign." The school will use some of the newly acquired space to accommodate its growing middle school
population (currently sixth grade, growing to 6-8). The school also plans to add a middle school fitness center,
complete with treadmills and Stairmasters.
Namaste is a public charter school in Chicago that focuses on integrating health and wellness with rigorous
academics. Namaste is designed to educate the whole child through top-notch academics, physical education,
nutrition education, and socio-emotional development incorporated into the school day.
Mayor Dedicates Austin Polytech's New Manufacturing Technology Center
Recently, Mayor Richard M. Daley dedicated Austin Polytech's new Manufacturing Technology Center, a high-
tech facility for hands-on training. US Representative Danny Davis and CEO Ron Huberman also participated
in the festivities. Instructors taught the Mayor and other guests about the intricacies of the various machines.
Austin Polytechnical Academy (APA) is a pre-engineering and manufacturing public high school in the city's
Austin community. Through academic excellence, Austin Polytech strives to prepare students for success in
academically strong four-year colleges and the ever-changing global community.
U of C Receives $5 Million to Support Urban Education Improvement
The University of Chicago received a $5 million gift from the Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation to support the
University's work to improve urban schooling in Chicago and across the country. The centerpiece of these
efforts is the University's Urban Education Institute (UEI). The gift will help UEI "create evidence about what
matters in PK-12 education, to develop exemplary teachers and leaders, and to design and test new models of
Read about UEI and this generous gift. http://tinyurl.com/UEI-gift
Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) Announces New President
The Illinois Network of Charter Schools' Board of Directors recently announced the appointment of Andrew W.
Broy as its new President.
Prior to his appointment, Andrew Broy served as the Associate State Superintendent of Schools with the
Georgia Department of Education where he was in charge of charter school authorization for the State and
worked directly with the state legislature on education policy.
During his tenure, the number of charter schools in Georgia increased from 34 to 122 and the State was
awarded several charter policy awards by national organizations, including the National Association of Charter
School Authorizers. Read more about INCS' new president. http://tinyurl.com/INCS-pres
Illinois State Charter Law Ranks 28th
The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools recently released the first-ever ranking of all state charter
school laws based on the full range of values in the public charter school movement, including quality and
accountability, funding, and growth.
In Illinois, 39 charters serve an estimated 36,750 students, with the majority of schools set up in Chicago.
Recently, the Illinois legislature partially lifted the cap on charter schools.
Click to see how Illinois ranks on the strength of its policy support for public charter schools.
Schools Making Headlines
Charter, Contract, and Performance Schools in the News
Erie Elementary Charter on Illinois.gov, http://tinyurl.com/erie-gov
Article excerpt: "This funding will allow Erie to continue to provide these vital services to the children of this
community for many years to come."
North Lawndale College Prep (NCLP) in Chicago Defender, http://tinyurl.com/nlcp-brothers
Article excerpt: "Both brothers have concrete ideas about attending college - they both want to play ball and study
at a quality institution, and they're looking mostly at schools out of the state."
Passages Charter School on ABC7 News, http://tinyurl.com/passages-haiti
Article excerpt: "On Friday, [students] packed up clothing, toys, food, and medicine. Students then loaded the
donated items onto a truck."
Chicago Board of Education
Dr. Tariq Butt
Alberto A. Carrero, Jr.
Peggy A. Davis
Roxanne M. Ward
Chicago Public Schools
Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Barbara Eason-Watkins
Chief Education Officer
Chief Administrative Officer
Office of New Schools
Interim Executive Officer
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