Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Careers Conference for High School Students

The Office of Special Programs-College Prep at the University of Chicago has opened registration for the 2015 Careers Conference for High School Students. The conference will take place on May 9th from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM at the University of Chicago, and will feature groups and workshops on engineering, social service, management, college essay writing, and more. Click here to learn more and register.

Nominate Teachers for a Presidential Teaching Award

Do you know an excellent 7th-12th grade teacher in Science or Math? Please consider nominating them for a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). PAEMST is the highest honor given by the United States government for K-12 Mathematics and Science teaching. Awardees will receive a certificate signed by the President, a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation, and a trip for two to Washington, D.C. Anyone can nominate an inspiring teacher! Just fill out the form here.

Google's Computer Science Summer Institute for Graduating High School Seniors

Google Chicago will host the Computer Science Summer Institute, a three week introduction to computer science for graduating high school seniors. CSSI students will learn directly from Google engineers, get an inside look at some of Google's most exciting technologies, and design their own "app". The Chicago program will run from July 20 to August 7. Find out more and apply here.

The deadline for applications is March 5.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

University of Chicago offering $1million for innovative ways to reduce violence

The University of Chicago is looking for new ways to reduce youth violence in Chicago, and it's awarding up to $1 million for the best ideas.
The UChicago Crime Lab announced Tuesday that it is launching a design challenge to fund innovative ideas that can keep Chicago safer. Supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and Get In Chicago, the crime lab will fund projects up to $1 million each.
The design challenge is calling on non-profits who work with students ages 13-18 in communities with high crime rates. The deadline to submit a letter of interest is March 2.
You can find more information here.


Thursday, February 19, 2015

February 25 CAC meeting to include presentation on Consortium on Chicago School Research study of middle schools

At our February 25 CAC meeting we are looking forward to a presentation by Paul Moore, of the Consortium on Chicago School Research. He will be presenting on middle school indicators of high school success. For a summary of the research, click here.

Our meeting will be held at 6pm in the King Room at Kenwood Academy (5015 S. Blackstone).

See you there!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

South East Commission announces Neighborhood Enhancement Grants

The South East Chicago Commission is again offering grants that assist eligible organizations with neighborhood beautification projects in the Oakland, Kenwood, Hyde Park, Woodlawn, and Washington Park communities. Each grant will be awarded based upon the proposed project, with a maximum grant amount of $5,000 per organization.

Grant applications are due February 27, 2015.

For more information, click here.

Chicago Urban League invites community members to preview their AT&T Digital Literacy Workshop on Wednesday, February 25

The Chicago Urban League is hosting a community preview of their 5-day AT&T Digital Literacy Workshop on at 8:30 am on Wednesday, February 25. Their offices are located at 4510 S. Michigan Avenue.

Those planning to attend should arrive at 8:30 am for light refreshments. The program will begin promptly at 9:00 am.

For an agenda of the morning's events, click here.

The goal of the 5-day workshop series to help self-motivated adults gain basic computer operating knowledge. It will also provide greater access to technology and improve job readiness skills for program graduates. After this training, individuals will work with an employment and job retention specialist to ensure a successful transition to the work environment.

For more information on the AT&T Digital Literacy Workshops and to RSVP—Please contact Roberta Givens via e-mail at rgivens@thechicagourbanleague.org or via phone at (773) 624-8800 by Friday, February 20, 2015.

CPS' Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services hosts annual Parent Empowerment Expo and Resource Fair on Saturday, March 21

The Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services will hold its annual Parent Empowerment Expo and Resource Fair for families of students with diverse learning needs on Saturday, March 21, from 8am-2pm. The Expo will be held at George Westinghouse College Prep High School (3223 W. Franklin Boulevard).

Featured workshops include an Individualized Education Program (IEP) Question and Answer Clinic, and an informational resource fair with more than 50 community organizations and agencies. 

Free online course "Critical Issues in Urban Education" begins February 23

The director of the University of Chicago's Urban Education Institute, Sara Ray Stoelinga, is offering a free, online course entitled, "Critical Issues in Urban Education." The course begins Monday, February 23 and goes for 12 weeks; estimated amount of work required is 2-5 hours per week.

For more information and to register, click here.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Free Young Eagles flights for kids 8-17 at Gary airport

The Tuskegee Airmen, Inc (Chicago "Dodo" Chapter) is announcing Free Young Eagles flights for all kids ages 8-17 every second Saturday each month at Gary airport.  
RSVP at the Young Eagles Hotline: (773) 602-2880

For more information contact:
Moses Jones
Tuskegee Airmen Chicago- Assistant Treasurer
Ham Radio WB9PEV
Phone: 773.398-8797

Rise and Shine Illinois School Breakfast Grants

Under the School Breakfast Program, federal reimbursements are available to all public schools for breakfasts served to low-income children, yet only 45% of Illinois students eligible to receive breakfast actually do. Participation is often low because breakfast is either served in isolation, before the start of the school day, or there is a stigma surrounding students needing free or reduced price meals. 

Rise and Shine Illinois works with schools to reduce these barriers to participation by implementing alternative breakfast models, such as Breakfast in the Classroom and Grab N Go. While the food for the School Breakfast Program is free, there are still costs associated with delivering that food to children. Schools need equipment and supplies like insulated bags, Grab N Go carts and trash cans to make this program work. Rise & Shine Illinois offers grants to cover these extra costs.

Grants will support schools with the purchase of approved equipment, materials and initiatives facilitating alternative breakfast delivery models (such as Breakfast in the Classroom, Grab n’ Go, or Second Chance Breakfast) in an effort to increase child participation in universal School Breakfast.
Applying schools must either be implementing or be prepared to implement an alternative breakfast delivery model. Successful models include collaboration of everyone in the school district; including the School Principal, Teachers, the Food Service Nutrition Director, and the Superintendent. All applications must have authorized approval by the School Principal and Food Service Nutrition Director.
We will accept applications on a rolling basis through a series of deadlines: The 2015 application deadlines are February 15, April 15, June 15, August 15 and October 15. Please contact schoolbreakfast@gcfd.org to begin the process.  
For more information, visit the website:

Monday, February 9, 2015

"Know the Core": Parent workshop on February 11 at Pershing East Magnet School

Pershing East Magnet School's Parent Advisory Council offers a parent workshop, "Know the Core," on Wednesday, February 11 from 5:30-7:00pm. Topics to be covered include PARCC, NWEA, and the Common Core.

The workshop will be held in the auditorium, 3200 S. Calumet.

For more information, click here for the flyer.