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An overhaul of the district’s career education programs seeks to make classes more challenging and put career-track students on the path to higher ed, but many schools have lost programs, and fewer students are participating overall.

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December 26, 2013

This holiday season, we are featuring videos from TEDxWellsStreetED: Teacher Voice Beyond the Classroom. We invite you to view the videos below of TEDxTalks that were given by numerous classroom teachers as well as acclaimed journalist Carol Marin, teacher blogger Marilyn Rhames, community activist Cecile Carroll, and others.

September 24, 2013

Join us for a live webcast on Saturday, Sept. 28 of TEDxWellsStreetED: Exploring Teacher Voice Beyond the Classroom. You will see and hear more than a dozen Chicago teachers and former teachers discuss what they do, and why the larger world should listen. Their short talks will feature compelling stories about teaching and learning; lessons on teacher leadership; and inspiring ideas for better schools.

For a complete list of speakers, other details and updates, follow the event’s official pages on Facebook and on Twitter.

November 15, 2012

The conversation quickly got heated at a Nov. 14 forum sponsored by Catalyst Chicago and the Better Government Association. After Catalyst Editor In Chief Lorraine Forte presented a primer on charter schools, Publisher Linda Lenz moderated a panel about their role in CPS.

October 31, 2012

Even in high school, teachers can help students develop the beliefs and habits that are needed for learning, says researcher Camille Farrington.

October 11, 2012

Just after midnight, Jean-Claude Brizard sent out a statement, confirming that he will leave the helm of Chicago Public Schools. He said he does so with "great sadness."

Brizard's departure was the subject of much speculation for several months. That speculation reached a fever pitch in late August when The Chicago Tribune reported that Emanuel was preparing to usher Brizard out. Emanuel denied the report and pledged his support of Brizard.

October 03, 2012

Teachers have voted to ratify their proposed contract with Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Teachers Union announced Wednesday.

The union said that of 20,765 votes it counted, 79.1 percent were in favor of the contract. The Chicago Board of Education must vote on the contract as well before it takes effect.

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