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News and Stories from across the District

21 March 2023

Looking Back at a Career Change that Changed My Life

By Dr. Lynda Simmons, School Social Worker at Ronald Brown Academy

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17 March 2023

Highlighting Four of Our Golden Apple Award Finalists

These educators share a commitment to helping their students grow both inside and outside of the classroom. 

15 March 2023

Spotlighting the Bond Between a Clerk and Fourth-Grade Student at Johnson School of Excellence

Ms. Simpson is committed to building relationships with students like Ty'Riah to help them reach their full potential. 

10 March 2023

Eighth-Grade Student at Perez Elementary Shares Her Special Relationship with Her Former Pre-K Teacher

Ms. Barajas and Amorosa's relationship represents what makes the Perez community special. 

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13 June 2019

Englewood Graduate Heads to Brazil for Global Citizen Year Program

Engelwood native and Bridgescape Learning Academy graduate Aaron Johnson will spend a culturally immersive gap year in Brazil.

30 May 2019

Four CPS Seniors Share How They’ll Spend their Gap Year

Chicago Public Schools and Global Citizen Year have come together to offer a select group of CPS graduates an opportunity to immerse themselves in a new culture in countries like Brazil, Senegal, and Ecuador before pursuing postsecondary education. The fellows will live with a host family and take advantage of apprenticeships that focus on local projects around education, health or the environment.

12 June 2019

Meet the Harvard-bound Solorio HS Grad Determined to Defy the Odds

Amado Candelario, a senior at Solorio Academy High School on the Southwest Side of Chicago, has been offered a tuition-free ride to Harvard and was selected out of 5,200 qualified nominees as one of the 2019 US Presidential Scholars.

07 May 2019

Science Teacher Overcame Rough Start, Now Encourages Students

Meet math and science teacher Karolina Towner, a former Michigan State University Urban STEM fellow who teaches at Albany Park Multicultural Elementary School in the Albany Park neighborhood. 

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17 March 2023

Take Five with Emmanuel O., 2022–23 Honorary Student Board Member

Emmanuel is passionate about advocating for student wellness in his position as the Honorary Student Board Member.

08 March 2023

Highlighting Women’s History Month with the Second-Grade Team at Melody STEM Elementary School

Mrs. Durr and Mrs. Rivera focus on building self-confidence among students, especially their young women. 

03 March 2023

Garvey Elementary School Counselor Shares His Approach to Building Relationships

In his first year as a school counselor, Mr. Tomlin has learned that transparency and relationship building is vital to promoting positivity among his students at Garvey.

03 March 2023

Take Five with Heather Van Benthuysen: Executive Director of Student Voice and Engagement

Heather has always been a passionate advocate for media literacy, civic engagement, and elevating student voice.