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|
|Shawn Reddy||K-5 Social Science Specialistemail@example.com|
|Tamara Acoba||6-8 Social Science Specialistfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Mayra Almaraz||HS Social Science Specialistemail@example.com|
|Yamali Rodriguez-Gruger||HS Social Science Specialist||YaRodriguez@cps.edu|
|Alayna Washington||HS Social Science Specialistfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Emma Kornfeld||Civic Engagement Manageremail@example.com|
|Chris Olsen||Middle School Civic Learning Specialistfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Alejandra Frausto||Project-Based Learning Manageremail@example.com|
|Cristina Salgado||Senior Student Voice Specialistfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Camille Powell||Student Voice and Activism Fellows (SVAF) Program Coordinatoremail@example.com|
|Samantha Ozik||Project Coordinator, Environmental Programsfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Melissa Hernandez||Calumet Is My Back Yard (CIMBY) Stewardship Coordinatoremail@example.com|
|Maryam Salem||Calumet Is My Back Yard (CIMBY) Stewardship Coordinatorfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Isil Cinar||SSCE Operations Coordinatoremail@example.com|
|Elle Cumberbatch||Youth Engagement and Communications Specialist||