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August 16, 2019
No worksheets here: This Chicago kindergarten teacher wants to bring play back to classrooms
The misconception that play cannot be rigorous and meaningful robs students of their opportunity to learn in a developmentally appropriate manner.
July 15, 2019
Chicago’s early learning chief stepping down as universal pre-K plan enters second year
Mayor Lori Lightfoot has a vacancy to fill at a critical juncture of Chicago's universal pre-K rollout.
A year in review
June 21, 2019
Lessons from a Chicago school merger: Race, resilience, and an end-of-the-year resignation
Students on Chicago’s Near North Side lived through an unusual and high-stakes initiative this year: a community-driven effort to meld two schools into one.
May 31, 2019
‘I don’t understand how it works’: Parents voice frustration during decision week for Chicago preschool
Over the course of a 1½-hour meeting Thursday, emotions ran high as parents described frustration at the system, particularly the central application.
May 21, 2019
Lori Lightfoot makes it official: She’s keeping Janice Jackson as Chicago schools chief
Following weeks of speculation, Chicago’s new mayor Lori Lightfoot said that she’ll retain homegrown schools chief Janice Jackson in the Chicago Public Schools top job.
May 15, 2019
Sor Juana parents fight for promised classical program after Chicago district’s about-face
Inconsistent messaging from Chicago Public Schools at the end of the year may have left some families in the lurch.
May 1, 2019
With union elections on horizon, challengers try and build momentum around ‘bread-and-butter’ issues
It’s been nearly a decade since an upstart leadership group took the reins of the Chicago Teachers Union and gained national attention for…
Turning up the heat
April 25, 2019
Teachers at five Chicago charter and contract schools poised to walk out Wednesday
Teachers at five charter and contract schools could walk out on their jobs Wednesday if a deal isn’t reached in bargaining sessions for a new contract.
April 22, 2019
Chicago will start taking universal pre-K applications on April 30
Even as universal pre-K expands the number of free seats, Chicago families still encounter a complex menu of options depending on where they live.
April 17, 2019
Illinois is doing better by its youngest learners — but it’s reaching too few of them
After losing ground for many years in early education compared with other states, Illinois has started to play catch-up by boosting funding for…
February 5, 2019
Five things we’ve learned from a decade of research on school closures
The academic impact of closures on students in those schools varies substantially. Nationwide, closures appear to slightly lower test scores.
January 28, 2019
Chicago schools will be open Tuesday, closed Wednesday
The district said it will also likely add another instructional day to the end of the year to make up for missed instructional time.
January 18, 2019
I’m a fifth-year Chicago teacher, and the challenges aren’t letting up. Now what?
I can’t practice enough self-care to replace the structural changes needed to make our profession more sustainable.
How I Lead
January 2, 2019
One Chicago principal’s pledge for 2019: Caring for his teachers
The principal of Chicago’s Sullivan High School in Rogers Park recalls the advice of a mentor to remind himself of the importance of caring for his staff.
Teaching & Classroom
Updated December 7, 2018
From missed meetings to children home alone, Chicago families feel the strain of ongoing Acero charter strike
It took Alma Adan several weeks to schedule a meeting with school counselors to go over her kindergarten son’s special education needs. But…
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