Category: Navigating Chicago Schools

Doing well in school creates opportunities? Sadly, that's a myth.

We’ve been telling students and families that doing well in school creates opportunities—that showing up, doing the work, and meeting teachers’ expectations will prepare them for their futures. Unfortunately, that’s a myth.

That’s the subject of The Opportunity Myth: What Students Can Show Us About How School Is Letting Them Down—and How to Fix It, a new research report we at TNTP, a national nonprofit dedicated to ending the injustice of educational inequality, published last month. 
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Posted on October 17, 2018 at 12:35 PM

The little-known strategy of getting into Chicago schools

“When is the best time to begin my school search?” is a question often posed by families looking to start the always dreaded but ultimately necessary rite of passage known as the “Chicago School Search.” Sometimes the question is followed up by a plaintive, “Oh my goodness! Am I too late?!” Rest easy, Chicago families. The answer is not as cut-and-dried as one would think — and ultimately, you are never “too late.”

As the third largest city in the U.S., Chicago is home to a vast range ...

Posted on October 10, 2018 at 4:50 PM by Chicago School GPS

Here’s what outgoing union chief Karen Lewis told Chicago teachers

Originally posted on Chalkbeat by Cassie Walker Burke on August 27, 2018

 

Retiring Chicago Teachers Union chief Karen Lewis, who has been fighting brain cancer, sent a note to Chicago teachers this morning urging them to support former Vice President Jesse Sharkey as her replacement and endorsing CTU Political Director Stacy Davis Gates for the position of vice-president.

“Our enemies are banking on this transition in CTU leadership to confuse, conflate and co-opt our union,” s...

Posted on August 30, 2018 at 7:00 AM by Cassie Walker Burke

Back-to-school prep tips for parents of kids with special needs

For most parents, back-to-school time means buying the kids a new backpack and shoes, and maybe taking them for a haircut. For parents of kids with special needs, however, going back-to-school can be much more stressful for both them and their children than just a shopping trip to
the mall. Children who are not successful in school, either for emotional/behavioral or academic reasons, often feel happier and calmer over the summer break when they are not dealing with the demands of school...

Posted on August 09, 2018 at 7:00 AM by Lara Cleary

Register Now for NPN's Annual School Fair!

Registration for NPN's annual School Fair is now open!

Come to the *only* Chicago school fair that brings together 100 preschools and elementary schools under one roof! Neighborhood Parents Network has everything you need to answer all of your school-search questions. It's a one-stop shop to help you prepare your kids for success in the early years and beyond.

This year's fair features...
• Panel discussions & workshops including "CPS 101" and "Understanding Montessori, Waldorf...

Posted on August 02, 2018 at 7:00 AM by Lauren Viera

More details on CPS's plan to deter abuse and assault

As many of us were finalizing plans for the 4th of July holiday, CPS announced the launch of a new Office of Student Protections and Title IX. This comes on the heels of its "Plan of Action" for sexual abuse and assault (read our original post here) which, presumably, was launched in response to the Chicago Tribune's early-June investigative story on sexual abuse and assault.

According to an official press release quoting CPS CEO Janice Jackson (pictured), the newly established Office ...

Posted on July 09, 2018 at 7:00 AM by Lauren Viera

Let's hear your thoughts on CPS's plan of action regarding sexual abuse

A week ago, the Chicago Tribune broke a story about the lack of response, action and follow-through regarding sexual abuse at Chicago Public Schools. Since this report broke, CPS has taken steps to address the issue, including sending this plan of action to community-based organizations like NPN. 

We're sharing this here with you so you can be aware of CPS's plan, and to facilitate a discussion about protecting children from abuse. What do you think about this plan of action? Do you think ...

Posted on June 08, 2018 at 9:44 AM by Laura Baginski

CPS preschool options you can apply for now

As you are researching preschools for your little one and weighing your options, did you know that Chicago Public Schools offers many part-time, and now even some full-day, school-based and affordable preschool programs at select CPS schools across the city? Perhaps more importantly, if you thought you missed the preschool application boat for next fall, it’s not too late to apply for a seat in this program for the 2018-2019 school year.

It’s called Chicago Early Learning (CEL), former...

Posted on May 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM by Chicago School GPS

How I did my Chicago preschool search

So, you think this fall is the right time to start preschool?

If your child is three and potty trained, you’re ready to catch a ride on the pre-kindergarten rollercoaster that will decide who your parental friends are, whether or not you should move, where your child will grow up, and who their lifelong friends will be. Yes, it sounds overwhelming, but it’s never too soon to start researching.

When I thought my first little one was ready, I didn’t have any “mommy friends” to consult...

Posted on May 14, 2018 at 2:12 PM by Nikki Arana

What to expect from CPS notification letters

For Chicago parents who have applied for Chicago Public School seats at Open Enrollment, Magnet, Magnet Cluster and Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools for the 2018-2019 school year, the countdown is underway for the CPS notification date. Let the nail-biting begin!

Notification letters for preK–eighth grade will be released the afternoon of April 27. An email and a robocall will be sent to the contact information on the student’s online application file with directions on how to a...

Posted on April 12, 2018 at 12:06 AM by Chicago School GPS