The Chicago Public Schools has set a goal to transform neighborhood schools into schools of choice, and has committed to three core strategies:
• Literacy: Reading is the foundation skill, the one that allows children to learn everything else. If we raise the level of reading skills, we will raise performance across every other subject.
• Human Capital: Improving the quality of teachers and principals — an effort that includes recruiting from better colleges and hiring earlier in the year.
• Creating More Learning Opportunities: Includes expanded pre-school, after-school and summer school programs, all of which have grown year after year.
The Chicago Public Schools provides students with high quality instruction, outstanding academic programs and comprehensive student development supports to prepare them for the challenges of the world of tomorrow.
Goals of CPS’s Eight-Tiered Education Plan
• Building instructional capacity
• High quality teaching and leadership
• Learning communities and professional development
• Support for student development, post secondary training and education
• Schools as centers of communities in partnership with families
• Strengthening existing high school programs
• Expanded choice within neighborhoods
• Accountability to support improvement in all schools
This Education Plan represents a year of planning and program development in specific areas — Human Capital, professional development, the Chicago Reading Initiative, the redesign of regions, after-school, and accountability — as well as a broad planning effort designed to identify overarching themes and challenges. The planning effort included an analysis of trends in student and school performance, a review of research on effective schools and school reform (both locally and nationally), and an agenda setting process that brought together diverse groups of participants to discuss the central issues facing elementary schools and high schools.
Further, the Chicago Public Schools strives to provide all students with equal access to effective schools that provide strong instructional programs, high-quality teaching and student-centered learning environments. The system also believes that involving families as partners in education is a critical part of the school environment.
In the belief that education must continue beyond high school, the Chicago Public Schools provides high levels of social and academic support to prepare students for higher education, careers and citizenship.
SOURCE: Chicago Public Schools