The historic closing of 49 elementary schools in Chicago left many parents bitter and feeling left out as they try to get involved in new schools. Yet parent engagement is essential for school improvement, and principals are faced with the challenge of building trust at schools that scored poorly on surveys of parent involvement.
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Comings & Goings: Jack, Menchaca de Cerda
Allison Jack is the new director of charter growth and support at the Illinois Network of Charter Schools. Jack was formerly a senior program director for the EPIC National Charter School Consortium. Before that, she was the director of external affairs at CPS’ Office of New Schools.
Alicia Menchaca de Cerda has been named vice president of development at SGA Youth & Family Services, replacing Leslie Inch, SGA’s former senior vice president. Formerly Menchaca de Cerda was the director of corporate and foundation relations at Loyola University. She was also a senior program officer at the McCormick Tribune Foundation.
Katelyn Silva, the communication director at the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute is moving back to her hometown in Rhode Island to become communications director at the National Academy of Advanced Teacher Education. Taking over communication duties is Communications Manager Seong-Ah Cho.
The Chicago Math & Science Academy’s middle school robotics team, RoboMinds, won two trophies at the First Lego League Robotics Illinois Regional Tournament. The trophies were for the best robot performance and best robot design and programming.