We partner with students, teachers, schools, community partners, and government institutions to promote authentic civic participation that models educating in and for democracy. See more about our Civic Life Lenses and Core Practices and stay tuned for our Ready for Civic Life report coming soon.
The Department of Social Science and Civic Engagement oversees curriculum, training, resources, partnerships, and events that promote civic life across the district. Some examples highlighted here include:
- K-12 Social Science Instruction
- Service Learning & Civic Oriented Project-Based Learning
- Student Leadership Groups: Student Voice Committees, Student Voice and Activism Fellows, Student Advisory Council
- Student Voice 360
- CIMBY: Environmental Advocacy
- Financial Education
- Districtwide Civic Life Initiatives
Coming soon: Informed Participants: Critical Media & Information Literacy; Ethical Participants: Engaging in difficult or controversial conversations
CPS gratefully acknowledges the partnership of Robert R. McCormick Foundation, whose support, encouragement, and advocacy has ensured the quality and sustainability of civic life programming that has touched the lives of countless students and educators. Thank you.
CPS thanks our community-based partners who work tirelessly to ensure every Chicago Public School student received access to high-quality education and civic learning opportunities.
See a full list of our partners.
|Heather Van Benthuysen||Director of Social Science & Civic Engagementemail@example.com|
|Janeen Lee||Social Science Managerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tamara Acoba||6-8 Social Science Specialistemail@example.com|
|Mayra Almaraz||HS Social Science Specialistfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Yamali Rodriguez-Gruger||HS Social Science Specialist||YaRodriguez@cps.edu|
|Alayna Washington||HS Social Science Specialistemail@example.com|
|Emma Kornfeld||Civic Engagement Managerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Chris Olsen||Middle School Civic Learning Specialistemail@example.com|
|Alejandra Frausto||Project-Based Learning Managerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Cristina Salgado||Senior Student Voice Specialistemail@example.com|
|Camille Powell||Student Voice and Activism Fellows (SVAF) Program Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Samantha Ozik||Project Coordinator, Environmental Programsemail@example.com|
|Melissa Hernandez||Calumet Is My Back Yard (CIMBY) Stewardship Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Maryam Salem||Calumet Is My Back Yard (CIMBY) Stewardship Coordinatoremail@example.com|
|Isil Cinar||SSCE Operations Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Elle Cumberbatch||Youth Engagement and Communications Specialist||