Author: Chicago Unheard

Noble Charter Schools Share Tips for Remote Learning

How did your first week of school go? How was your connection? Did you have any hiccups?  If you had issues, you might be interested to see what the Noble Network of Charter Schools had on tap for their students and faculty at the start of this bizarre, upside-down, pandemic-laden school year.  Calling it #NobleReadyForRemote, this morning Noble shared on…

Chicago Parents Ask CPS to Create Black Student Achievement Taskforce

Today, a coalition of parents and advocates from Chicago’s Black community sent a letter to the leadership of Chicago Public Schools demanding critical attention to the experience and outcomes of Black students during the remote learning period and beyond. “We are requesting that Chicago Public Schools establish a Black Student Achievement Taskforce to work in concert with the district to…

Racial Equity in School Curriculum Takes Work Beyond February

This piece was originally published on Education Post as “It’s Going to Take More Than a Black History Month Report to See Racial Equity in Our Schools.” Co-author Kathleen Hayes has been around the k-12 education block, first as a Chicago high school English teacher and later in Chicago Public Schools central office and several education nonprofits and research organizations,…

Black Voices, Black Choices: “Do not lose faith in parents and communities.”

For many Black families, choosing a school means ensuring that the culture and climate of the school will support and validate their children. Too often school systems label, diagnosis, and penalize Black children for displaying everyday child behaviors.  Meet Robert Eschmann: What is your dream for your children’s education? I want them to have the tools to pursue their interest, wherever…

Black Voices, Black Choices: “Everyone deserves a fair education”

For many Black families, education is about beginning anew. It’s about taking the opportunity to help the next generation avoid mistakes the previous generation has made while preparing them for the future. Today’s parent is working tirelessly to nurture her kids so that they develop a love of learning she never possessed.  Meet Tina Ward: What is your dream for your…

Black Voices, Black Choices: “I Value the Moral Development of a School’s Curriculum as Much as the Academics.”

For many Black families,  education is more than content knowledge. Education is the vehicle through which children develop the core characteristics of who they will become.  This is important because Black parents are in a constant fight with society about who their child is, and who they will become.  Meet Jelani McEwen: What is your dream for your children’s education?…

Black Voices, Black Choices: “I Want My Son to Be a Determined Student”

For many Black families, we are trying to help our children achieve a level of educational excellence that we didn’t achieve. Today’s mom is wrestling with this tension as she works to help her child become a determined and dedicated student.  Meet Cassandra Maceyras: What is your dream for your children’s education? My dream for my son is to finish…

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