The Chief Education Office provides leadership and support to all 518 elementary and middle schools, plus 17 elementary areas in implementing the policies and procedures of Chicago Public Schools.
The Chief Education Office also oversees 10 educational units within Central Office and various Area Instructional Offices.
The units include:
- Academic Enhancement
- Instructional Design and Assessment
- Elementary Areas and Schools
- Early Childhood Education
- Extended Learning Opportunities
- Language and Cultural Education
- Research, Evaluation, and Accountability
- School Coordination
- Specialized Services
- Elementary Area Instructional Offices
These educational units provide a vast range of services and support to every student in the Chicago Public School system. Some functions include: educational support, after-school opportunities, counseling, summer school, family support, bilingual education, instructional framework, data and record management, specialized services for students in need, and more.
The Chief Education Office provides the following goals to ensure academic success and provide greater accountability:
- Eliminate the achievement gap by providing focused, differentiated, and increased support to targeted student populations.
- Increase academic rigor and expectations by providing more challenging and extended learning opportunities that deepen student learning.
- Improve communication across educational units to maximize coherency and programmatic impact.
- Implement strong program evaluation processes to drive the work of the educational units and guide managers in making better informed decisions.
- Build capacity among teaching, coaching and administrative staff through targeted leadership and professional development programs.
The current initiatives of the Chief Education Office serve students from every grade level throughout the entire Chicago Public Schools system. Some of the many initiatives that are implemented by the 10 educational units under the Chief Education Office include:
- Chicago Mathematics and Science Initiative (CMSI)
- Chicago Reading Initiative
- Community Schools Initiative
- School Turnaround Initiative
- Full-day Kindergarten Initiative
- Reorganized ten elementary districts and one high school district into six clusters (comprising of 24 instructional areas).
- Oversaw summer school programs including third and sixth grade summer bridge program, which served over 10,000 students.
- Placed bilingual, special education, and desegregation services closer to the schools.