Thursday, April 23, 2015

A day of free classes at the University of Chicago for college and high school students on May 2

The University of Chicago program, Splash!, offers college and high school students the opportunity to spend a day taking short classes on topics they may not be able to access in a traditional high school curriculum. The classes at Splash! 2015 will cover topics ranging from genetic engineering and dystopian fiction to dance and introductory Mongolian. The focus is on teaching fun and engaging classes that never make learning seem like work. 

Splash is 100% FREE to attend and free lunch is also provided. Classes will take place on Saturday, May 2 on the University of Chicago campus. For a complete course schedule and to register, click here

Screening and Discussion of "UnChartered Territory" on April 25

The University of Chicago's School Project is hosting a screening and discussion of the film, "UnChartered Territory" at the Chicago Cultural Center on Saturday, April 25 from 2:00-3:30pm.

This 10-minute film examines issues such as the growing trend toward privatization of public schools, the idea of 'choice' and how it affects the system, and the role of innovation in charter schools. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with community leaders, educators, and education experts.

For more information and to RSVP, click here

Friday, April 17, 2015

April CAC meeting to be held at Dyett High School

The Hyde Park/Kenwood CAC's next meeting will take place at Dyett High School (555 E. 51st Street) on Wednesday, April 22. There will be a tour of the building at 5:30; the meeting will begin at 6pm and will end by 8pm.

Please enter the building via Door #4, which is accessible from the teachers' parking lot behind the school. (If you drive, you can park in the teachers' parking lot.) We will be meeting in Minor Hall.

Hope to see you there!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Chicago Voyagers Second Annual Gala to be held on Sunday, April 26

The Chicago Voyagers offer outdoor adventures for at-risk youth. The Voyagers' Second Annual "Voyage to the Stars" Gala will be held on Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 5pm to 8pm on the 99th floor of the Willis Tower (233 S. Wacker Drive) with an evening featuring live jazz, comedian Jaime De Leon, a silent auction, and raffle. Tickets will include plenty of food from Kona Grill, an open bar, access to THE LEDGE from 5:30-6:30pm and spectacular views of the city. 

Reduced parking is available across the street at Interpark Garage (211 W. Adams). Tickets are $90 each and can be purchased at the Chicago Voyagers website:    

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Parent Conference "Planting the Seed: Growing as Parent Leaders" on May 2

The Office of Family and Community Engagement is hosting a conference for parents on Saturday, May 2, from 9:00AM - 1:30PM at Whitney M. Young Magnet High School (211 S. Laflin Street).

WORKSHOP TOPICS: Building your school community garden, starting a 'Friends of' organization, restorative practices, and more ....

Door prize for the first 50 parents to arrive on site!

Register Online at

For more information contact

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Brain Awareness Day for middle school and high school students at UChicago: Friday, April 10

Middle and high school students are invited to join the University of Chicago's NEURO Club for Brain Awareness Day, April 10 from 12:00-5:00 pm on the UChicago campus. Enjoy free food, explore brain function with the Think Tank's giant glowing brain, learn about neuroscience from UChicago undergrads, and even dissect a sheep brain! RSVP here--space is limited for the brain dissection.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

8-part series on school reform to take place at noon on Thursdays at UofC Institute of Politics

An 8-week series of lectures on school reform will take place at the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics (5707 S. Woodlawn Avenue) starting Thursday, April 9, at noon.

Journalist Kate Grossman will talk about the current education reform movement.  This week's talk will focus on how the movement for "accountability" grew out of the No Child Left Behind Legislation passed under President George W. Bush.

The series is free and open to the public, but a seat must be reserved ahead of time. You can do this by visiting the institute's event website.

Opportunity to serve on Neighborhood Advisory Councils: deadline for application is April 28

Applications are now being accepted for those who would like to serve on a Neighborhood Advisory Council (NAC). NACs review proposals for new schools, i.e. charters and contract schools, as part of the 2014 RFP for New Schools.

For more information, see: