Chicago’s BEST is partnership among CPS, Higher Education and Corporate organizations to bring talented STEM professionals into teaching at Chicago Public Schools. Our mission at CPS is to provide every child from every community in Chicago with quality education that prepares them for success in a global, 21st-Century economy. This means creating learning environments that go well beyond the basics. We pride ourselves on providing educational experiences that prioritize innovation, and that produce agile, adaptable problem-solvers who are ready to take on the challenges and opportunities of the future. It’s no secret that the job openings of tomorrow will require a strong foundation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM. To prepare our students fully for these jobs, we need people whose understanding of STEM is more than just academic.
What is Chicago's BEST ?
Prepares those leaving the corporate world to engage students by applying classroom learning to real world experiences. This collaborative effort takes employees that are transitioning from the corporate world to high quality teaching programs and prepares then to serve Chicago’s students.
A: Our most important goal is to create agile, adaptable problem solvers capable of taking on the challenges and opportunities of the future. To do this, we must commit the resources necessary to ensure that all children develop STEM knowledge and skills. The interconnected content areas of science, technology, engineering and math – STEM power our economy and advance our society. We need our leaders to have the skills required to drive a strong, information-age economy and fill the anticipated openings. Cook County is projected to have roughly 450,000 STEM related jobs in 2018 and 13,000 STEM job openings annually! To meet Chicago’s growing workforce needs, students must have these skills.
A: Chicago’s Best Goal is to engage students in our most underserved communities with the skills and mindsets necessary to compete in our global economy. To do this, we need our most talented citizens to see teaching as a path to improve our city and lives of its children.
Chicago’s BEST seeks to solve multiple problems:
- Find and train experts in STEM to teach in underserved communities.
- Create a workforce of the future for Chicago’s expanding high-tech market
- Contribute to greater STEM ecosystem, providing for a rich opportunity for corporate citizenship
- Assist in finding meaningful placements in companies that are restructuring and require the service of career services organizations
- Assist companies in planning for retirements and structural changes.
YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
All schools do not receive an equal amount of applicants per opening. We have a shortage of talented candidates in some areas, including STEM fields, in our highest needs schools. Thus our target neighborhoods include:
Back of the Yards
North Lawndale and Little Village
South Shore/Greater Crossing