NEWSLETTERS & CURRENT EVENTS

Universal Enrollment or the "Single Application"

By now, many people have seen the Chicago Tribune Article published at the end of January regarding the implementation of a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) common, or single, high school application. This shift is critical to increasing access to high-quality public schools to every family in Chicago. 

 

Read More. Feb. 2017 Vol. 1

Daniel Anello writes about the Common Application

This is what high school enrollment looks like right now in Chicago. Step one: investigate which schools offer the optimal programs, with hundreds of variables from school to school. Step two: navigate 250+ different applications, most with their own deadlines, processes, and admission criteria. Step three: apply to a single school. Step four: repeat.

 

Read the Full Article Here

Reflecting on Progress and Looking Ahead in 2017

Just over a year after we invested in this renewed vision, rather than 75,000 students in low-quality schools, we see that number reduced to 50,000.

We are proud to have been part of both direct and indirect gains in the district, and invite you to review our 2016 Progress Report, which includes updates on each area of our work, and an analysis of improvements across the district.

 

Read More. Jan. 2017 Vol. 1

We've been Featured in EdSurge News

Choice can be a powerful thing —provided you can evaluate, and act on, the options available to you. For decades, Chicago parents have been able to apply to send their kids to their school of choice—and they can put as many as 20 schools on their wish list.

 

Read the Full EdSurge Article Here

The Clinton Foundation: "Six leaders who helped move the world in 2016" 

The world saw no shortage of social, economic, and environmental challenges in 2016. But thanks in part to an unprecedented leadership development initiative launched by four U.S. presidential centers — two Democrat and two Republican — a diverse new generation of leaders is more prepared than ever to advance solutions to pressing problems across the globe.

 

Read the Clinton Foundation Article Here

We've been Featured in AustinTalks

Austin’s BUILD Chicago youth center saw its usual steady stream of kids come in for after-school activities on a recent afternoon.

 

About a dozen teens spent that time pecking away at computers searching for high schools and filling out enrollment applications. Angela Bowman’s 13-year-old son was among them, spending about an hour with a Kids First Chicago volunteer.

 

Read the Full AustinTalks Article Here

Enrollment Workshops Make Headlines 

 

In the month of December the Kids First Chicago team has been featured in the Chicago Sun Times and Austin Weekly news for their work in communities. Together, the team has supported 226 students submit 1,596 applications to high quality schools in just 4 weeks!

 

Read More. Dec. 2016 Vol. 1

Fernando Diaz Finds Support at Kids First Chicago Enrollment Workshop

 

For many Chicago parents, deciding which school best fits their children's academic path begins with elementary and high school instead of post-secondary options. Enter Kids First Chicago, a nonprofit that offers families consultation on how to find the best educational options for their children.

 

Read the full Chicago Sun-Times Article Here

Enrollment Workshops help families navigate a difficult system. 

For many Chicago parents, deciding which school best fits their children's academic path begins with elementary and high school instead of post-secondary options. Enter Kids First Chicago, a nonprofit that offers families consultation on how to find the best educational options for their children.

 

Read the Full Austin Weekly News Article Here

Parents and Alumni as Advocates

New Schools believes that a critical part of ensuring that every kid has access to a high-quality school is listening to and meeting the needs of families. That's why we launched Kids First Chicago, a critical platform for parents and community members to navigate to and advocate for high-quality schools.  

 

In this issue learn more about what parents and alumni have to say about education in Chicago. 

 

Read More. Nov. 2016, Vol. 1

More Kids in High Quality Seats

When comparing 2015-2016 school performance data to the newly released 2016-2017 performance data, we see an improvement in overall performance across all Chicago Public Schools regardless of school type.

 

 

Read More. Oct. 2016, Vol. 1

Introducing Kids First Chicago

New Schools for Chicago is proud to announce the launch of our new Kids First Chicago website which includes a comprehensive school guide for parents, a school search feature, a spotlight on Chicago voices, and the platform for parents to make their voices heard. 

 

Read More. Sept. 2016, Vol. 1

Grantees Accelerate Student Outcomes

New Schools for Chicago has vowed to dramatically impact student achievement. Our goal is simple, but ambitious: to provide 50,000 more students access to high-quality schools by the year 2020.

 

A critical component to our work is supporting middle performing schools in improving outcomes, opening more high-quality seats for students.

 

Read More. Aug. 2016, Vol. 1

Students, Parents, Teachers, Fight for Schools. New Schools for Chicago, June/July 2016 Newsletter

Put Kids First

We believe that when the dialogue around education shifts from one about school type, to one centered around school quality, kids will come first when it comes to policies and district-wide decisions. 

 

4,000+ parents, alumni, students, teachers, and community members gathered to "Put Kids First".

 

 

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Students, Parents, Teachers, Fight for Schools. New Schools for Chicago, June/July 2016 Newsletter

Students, Parents, & Teachers Fight for Schools

On June 9th, more than 4,000 parents, students and teachers rallied to call on state lawmakers to pass a budget solution that would keep Chicago’s schools open in the fall. The steady drizzle could not dampen the energy of the crowd, who donned white t-shirts demanding that our leaders ‘Put Kids First’. The atmosphere was electric and you could feel the ground shake as the crowd moved. Organized by New Schools for Chicago, parents and students alike came together to show Illinois lawmakers how important their schools are to their families.

Read More. June/July 2016, Vol. 1