Evergreen, Libby and Little Village Academy have won Schools to Watch awards—so far, granted to only 16 schools across the state—for gains in the middle grades. (Press release)
“This was not a cakewalk. Schools had to rethink everything, and teachers took part in extensive professional development on leadership, departmentalization of middle grades, social-emotional learning and content areas," said outgoing Chief Education Officer Barbara Eason-Watkins.
Principals from Evergreen and Little Village will begin to train colleagues next year on the strategies and philosophy of middle-grades education, says Chief Area 10 Officer Isabel Mesa-Collins.
The three schools are part of the Cluster 4 Middle Grades Project, supported by the Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust; and the McDougal Family Foundation.
Marshall Middle previously won a Schools to Watch award.
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* CPS staff from the Office of School Turnaround traveled to Fort Leavenworth recently to study virtual learning in the Army. (Ft. Leavenworth Lamp)