Saturday, February 17, 2018

Symposium for girls in grades 6-8 to learn about STEM careers

Expanding Your Horizons (EYH) is an annual, one-day symposium for girls in grades 6-8 to learn more about careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). 

EYH provides middle school girls with a glimpse into the exciting world of STEM. Girls can engage in hands-on workshops led by Chicago area STEM professionals in industry and academia.

EYH will be held on Saturday, March 24th, 2018 from 8am-3pm at the University of Chicago. Registration opens on February 12th. Please click here to learn more.

Chicago United for Equity hosts a discussion on equity across schools in Hyde Park on February 20

Chicago United for Equity (CUE) is hosting a community discussion on the topic 'What does equity look like in Hyde Park?' on Tuesday, February 20 at the Hyde Park Art Center (5020 S. Cornell Avenue) from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

From the announcement of this event on Facebook: "Meet neighbors who share values of racial and economic equity, define your priorities as a community, and learn how local schools can help bring that vision to life.

This is an inclusive and open space for people from all walks of life. Light snacks will be provided. Please contact organizers of the event for translation, childcare services, or other accessibility requests."

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Black Girls CODE Chicago Chapter offers a workshop on a virtual reality platform on Saturday, February 17

This workshop teaches girls how to use Unity3D, an industry standard game development platform, to develop a simple Virtual Reality experience. They will use code to bring their experience to life.
All Black Girls CODE events are geared towards introducing participants to the technological universe and encouraging them to pursue careers as Tech Creators and Entrepreneurs. This event is intended for girls ages 10-17. No prior computing experience is necessary.
Check-in begins at 9:15AM; the event goes from 10AM-4PM. The event starts promptly at 10:00AM. Participants do not need to bring their laptops. Lunch will be provided.

The cost is $35; limited scholarships are available.

Dr.Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School
4445 South Drexel Boulevard
Chicago, IL 60653

Here is the link for more information and to rsvp:

Monday, December 4, 2017

Public forum: "What makes a school great? And can school quality ratings measure it?" on February 12, 2018

On Monday, February 23 a number of education/equity groups will host a public forum to discuss the question, 'What makes a school great? And can school quality ratings measure it?' The forum considers what a rating system that was designed to help families at the same time that it decreased sorting, segregation, and inequity would look like.

Time: 7:00pm
Place: Kenwood Academy (5015 S. Blackstone Avenue)

Click here for more information and to rsvp.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Next HPKCAC meeting to take place on November 29 at Dyett HS

Our next HPKCAC meeting will take place this Wednesday, November 29, at Dyett HS from 6-8pm.

Topics for discussion include distribution of the remaining copies of We All Sing with One Voice from our Jane Averill Community Reading Day, the possibility of the HPKCAC making a formal statement about CPS's changes to Special Ed this year, and the possibility of keeping a current list of our schools' needs that volunteers could access.

We're planning to not meet in December, so our next meeting after this one will be January 24, 2018.

Everyone is welcome!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Forum on Special Education in CPS on November 16: Know Your Rights

Raise Your Hand for IL Public Education is sponsoring a free, public event on Thursday, November 16, from 7pm-9pm for parents seeking more information about Special Education at Chicago Public Schools. This informative event will help to inform parents about the gamut of issues surrounding Special Education, including resources for Special Ed and legal rights to services. 

Special Education at CPS
Know Your Rights, Get Your Resources, Share Your Stories
Thursday, November 16, 2017
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Jesse White Community Center and Park
412 W Chicago

Click here to see the flyer.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Thank you to everyone who helped make the Jane Averill Community Reading Day a success!

We are so grateful to everyone who helped make the 2017 Jane Averill Community Reading Day a big success! 

On Friday, October 6 we had about 80 volunteer readers at nine public elementary schools reading to small groups of PreK or Kindergarten students and each child who was read to received a copy of the bookWe All Sing with the Same Voice.  We were also able to provide each teacher team with a hardback copy of the book and a cd of the song.  You can see some pictures from the event in the Hyde Park Herald here.

We are grateful for the support of 57th Street Books, who collected all the donations and ordered the books at a discount for us, and to the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference (HPKCC) and the University of Chicago's Neighborhood Schools Program (NSP), who each donated $500, in addition to numerous contributions from individuals in the community. Together we were able to raise over $2700, which allowed us to purchase over 500 books.

We had at least two readers per classroom, and some classrooms ended up with 1-on-1 reader-to-child!  We saw the children's faces light up after reading with a volunteer and then again once they received their very own book to bring home. We had such a variety of readers: a 4th grader who had had Ms. Jane as a pre-k teacher, an 8th grader who was off school and came along to help, a community member whose mother had taught at one of our schools for 30+ years, police officers from the university, a children's librarian who lived next door to one of our schools, just to highlight a few.  Some classrooms broke into a dance party once the cd started playing and another classroom said their "Friday Song" went right along with our theme, offering to teach us the song, "The World is a Rainbow."  

The goal of this event was to build support for our community schools and many of the volunteers involved have said that they want to continue their partnership with the schools. This is great news! Please reach out to the HPKCAC if you have any trouble connecting with a school. Here is the contact information for each school:

Ariel Community Academy, 1119 E. 46th Street, Principal: Ms. Coleman 773 535-1931
Bret Harte Elementary School, 1556 E. 56th Street, Principal: Mr. Bright, 773 535-0870
Carnegie Elementary School, 1414 E. 61st Place, Principal: Ms. Pollard, 773 535-0530
Kozminski Community Academy, 936 E. 54th Street, Principal: Ms. Glover, 773 535-0980
Murray Language Academy, 5335 S. Kenwood Avenue, Principal: Mr. Mason, 773 535-0585
Ray Elementary School, 5631 S. Kimbark Avenue, Principal: Ms. Thole, 773 535-0970
Reavis Elementary School, 834 E. 50th Street, Principal: Ms. King, 773 535-1060
Robinson Elementary School, 4225 S. Lake Park Avenue, Principal: Ms. Hobbs, 773 535-1777
Shoesmith Elementary School, 1330 E. 50th Street, Principal: Ms. Gates, 773 535-1765

Possible ways you might consider continuing to support our public schools: cash or in-kind donations; offering resources, such as school supplies (including reams of copy paper & printer cartridges) or uniforms; offer to work with the school to provide job shadows and participate in career days; help with an afterschool activity or find another way to mentor a student; volunteer in a classroom or to provide lunch/recess support; serve on the school’s LSC as a Community Representative.

We hope to have even more participation next year for the 2018 Jane Averill Community Reading Day!