Parent Group Organizes In Chicago

In These Times has just published an article headlined ‘Bad Ass Moms’ Defend Chicago Public Schools. Here’s an excerpt: Though there are a number of parent organizations fighting for educational justice in the city—including Parents 4 Teachers (P4T) and More Than a Score (MTS), whose membership overlaps with BAM’s—BAM concentrates on a breadth of issues […]

Surprise! Study Finds That Chicago Parents Unhappy With School Closures — Moratorium Urged

Report Calls for Moratorium on Chicago School Closures is the headline of an Ed Week article. Here’s an excerpt: A new report from the University of Illinois, Chicago, calls for a moratorium on school closures, turnarounds, and the expansion of charter schools in the city, citing the disruptive nature and harm those actions cause families […]

“Chicago Public Schools had the law on its side, but wisdom was nowhere to be found”

A few days ago, I posted about the inappropriate actions by the Chicago Public Schools in interviewing elementary schoolchildren — without parental permission — about a standardized test boycott (see I Don’t Get A Sense That The Chicago School District Has A Clue About Parent Engagement). Now the Chicago Sun Times has published an editorial […]

I Don’t Get A Sense That The Chicago School District Has A Clue About Parent Engagement

Following the backlash from closing huge numbers of neighborhood schools and making it difficult for parents to opt-out of standardized testing, you’d think that the Chicago school district would have learned something about the importance parent engagement. No such luck. This week they “yanked-out” elementary students for interviews to see if their teachers influenced them […]

Intriguing Early Ed Program Focuses On Latino Parents In Chicago

I’ve previously written several posts about the excellent parent engagement efforts by the Logan Square Neighborhood Association in Chicago. I’ve also written posts about a program for Latino parents of very young children called Abriendo Puertas/Opening Doors. Now, the two groups have combined forces to initiate an intriguing expansion of Logan Square’s work with parents. […]

Chicago Program Emphasizes Quality Of Parent/Child Interaction Key To Growth, Not Increasing Quantity Of Vocabulary

Is the power of parent talk enough to close the school readiness divide? is a very interesting article in the Hechinger Report about a home visit program in Chicago where parents are shown how they can interact with their children to enhance vocabulary growth. What’s particularly striking is its focus on the quality of interaction […]

Former Chicago Superintendent Realizes He’s “Former” Because He Didn’t Engage Parents

Thanks to Alexander Russo, I learned about a recent interview with the former Superintendent of Chicago Schools, Jean-Claude Brizard. He lost his job after the major Chicago teachers strike. Here’s an excerpt: We severely underestimated the ability of the Chicago Teachers’ Union to lead a massive grassroots campaign against our administration. It’s a lesson for […]

Hmmm, Why Don’t I Have Much Confidence In Chicago Superintendent’s Parent Engagement Plan?

Weeks after announcing the largest school closure plan in United States history — one developed with little or no parent input — the CEO of Chicago Public Schools announced a new parent engagement plan. Her plan — to start parent “universities”: Byrd-Bennett’s action plan promises to launch “Parent Universities” across the city to “help parents […]

“Chicago Parent Mentor Program Expands Across The State”

I’ve previously written several posts about the Parent Mentor Program of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association in Chicago. It looks like they are getting ready to dramatically expand their program. Here’s how the article, Chicago Parent Mentor Program Expands Across The State, begins: Logan Square Neighborhood Association’s (LSNA) Parent Mentor Program is expanding to 45 […]