Friday, March 22, 2019

Next meeting of the HPKCAC at Dyett on March 27 from 6-8pm

The next meeting of the Hyde Park-Kenwood CAC will take place on Wednesday, March 27 at Dyett HS from 6-8pm. Erick Pruitt, Chief of Schools, Network 17 will give us updated information about our CAC high schools -- Kenwood, Dyett, King, and Hyde Park Academy.

The better informed we are about our schools, the better advocates we can be.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club seeks new Executive Director

Hyde Park Neighborhood Club (HPNC), a not-for-profit organization, plays a very important role in the Hyde Park-Kenwood community. They are currently seeking a new Executive Director. HPNC provides developmentally informed childcare, academic support, and enriching activities for infants to teens of diverse backgrounds so they learn, grow, and thrive.  HPNC prioritizes bringing together children from different socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds. HPNC serves more than 900 racially and socioeconomically diverse youth who come to our programs from 32 schools and 49 zip codes.  The core values that drive our programming and long-term strategy are Inclusion, Excellence, and Community.
To apply for the position of HPNC executive director, please read the job announcement here. Interested candidates should apply no later than May 1, 2019 by 5pm CST, although The HPNC Executive Director Search Committee will begin the interview process by April 1.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

8th Annual Developmental Differences Resource Fair on 3/31

NPN is hosting its 8th Annual Developmental Differences Resources Fair on Sunday, March 31 from 10am-2pm at DePaul College Prep, 3633 N. California.

This is a FREE opportunity to find support and resources for parents and children alike. Your child does not need to have a diagnosis in order to benefit from the resources offered at this fair. Many providers will attend, including speech, occupational, physical and ABA therapy providers; schools; fun extracurricular options; and more. Plus, get advice and strategies you can use immediately at 4 free, expert-led sessions:
  • IEP 101: How to obtain an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for your child and make sure it's appropriate and the goals are followed
  • Managing Challenging Behaviors: Learn why these behaviors occur and how to address them
  • Navigating Insurance: Find out how to get the best insurance for your child and how to leverage your network and benefits
  • Guided Relaxation for Caregivers: Learn relaxation techniques and enjoy a guided meditation

Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Volunteers needed to help with the library at Reavis

Following the Jane Averill Community Reading Day last October, volunteers who went to Reavis that day have been working to re-open the school library. They have teamed up with Seminary Co-op Books, who will be sponsoring a Book Drive to add some new titles to the shelves. This will kick off later in the month of March so if you are able, please stop by 57th Street Books to Buy a Book for Reavis!

Volunteers are currently working at the school on Mondays and Fridays from 9 am-11:30 am to organize the library. If you would like to help with this, please reach out to Hannah Hayes ( or Cheryl Hubbard ( 

Level 2 Volunteer status is required to volunteer in a CPS school, so if you haven't gotten cleared by CPS, go to this website:
and click on the blue box that says 'Complete a Volunteer Application'. Then choose English or Spanish. Then choose Current Volunteer or New Volunteer. (Choose 'New Volunteer' unless you already have Level II volunteer status at Reavis.) Then enter your name and address/etc. in the boxes. You will need to select REAVIS (or William C Reavis Math & Science Specialty ES) and then select LEVEL II Volunteer. 
The rest of the questions should be straightforward.

N.B. After you complete the online portion of the volunteer application, you will need to bring your id to the Reavis Office and have it photocopied there. 

Thank you!

Friday, March 8, 2019

All-CAC Retreat on March 16 from 10am-2pm

The All-CAC Retreat is scheduled for March 16th. The event is open to all CAC members from each of the 9 CACs and will run from 10am-2pm at the Chicago Center for Arts & Technology (1701 W. 13th). The morning will include opening remarks from both CPS CEO Janice Jackson and Chief FACE Officer Chip Johnson, as well as the CACs sharing their current vision and goals for their current academic strategic plans, followed by break-out discussions in the afternoon on key issues (increasing engagement, fundraising), and a wrap-up session on a possible All-CAC platform and/or agenda for the entire district.

Continental breakfast and registration will start @9:30am. Lunch will be included as well as a raffle at the conclusion of the retreat. Free parking is available in the ChiCAT parking lot (south of the building), there is street parking on both 13th and Paulina, and the Simpson High School parking lot (1321 S. Paulina) located right across the street from ChiCAT.  ChiCAT is located just south of the Jewel Grocery strip mall (Ashland & Roosevelt) and just north of Costco (1430 S. Ashland).  

Please RSVP to RSVP_FACE@CPS.EDU by Tuesday, March 12th and share the attached flier with others.

Click here for the flyer.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Next meeting of the HPKCAC on Wednesday, February 27 at 6pm at Dyett

The next meeting of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Action Council will take place this Wednesday, February 27 at Dyett High School at 6pm.

This meeting will be a planning meeting: we will review the main points from Jim Dispensa's presentation last month and discuss next steps that the HPKCAC community would like to take, including other speakers to invite on the topic of equity, under-enrolled schools, and the way CPS calculates "school utilization rates." We'll lay out a plan for meeting topics for the next 6 months. If you have a book recommendation that you think the HPKCAC should read and discuss, please bring your ideas.

Also, we have two requests for volunteers:
1) Please see the flyer from Tutoring Chicago.
2) Following up on the Jane Averill Community Reading Day, volunteers who read at Reavis are looking for additional help with the library there. Here is their message: We are looking for volunteers to help sort and organize books at Reavis so the school can have a functioning library once again. If you have a couple of hours to spare and are interested in helping, please contact Hannah Hayes at or Cheryl Hubbard at  Days and times for working are flexible. Thank you!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

UC Booth School of Business is hosting a conference on the topic of education on February 22 from 11:30-6pm

The University of Chicago Booth School of Business is hosting the fourth annual Chicago Booth Education Management Conference, a critical convening of education leaders, practitioners, and graduate students. The Conference is an opportunity for students and practitioners alike to delve into current challenges and exciting trends in education, engage with emerging and ongoing academic research, and apply innovative business management principles to the education space. Through panels, workshops, keynotes, and networking conversations, we seek to create a forum for leaders to connect and transform the education landscape in Chicago and beyond.

See this website for more information and to register: