Top Education Stories You Don’t Want to Miss – Week of September 16, 2019

Debunking the misconceptions of Charter Schools <Audio>

By Rick Pearson for WGN Radio

“Rick Pearson speaks with Constance Jones, CEO of the Noble Network of Charter Schools, about the state of education and Charter Schools in Chicago. Constance addresses the many misconceptions that exist surrounding Charter Schools; explains the many reasons why parents choose to send their children to the Noble Network as they have such high graduation and college acceptance rates; and touches on a recent study done by MIT and what the results showed about Noble.”

MIT Releases Groundbreaking New Research on Positive Impact of Noble Network of Charter Schools

By PR Newswire

“In new research published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, researchers found that Noble high schools boost achievement sharply for students just below the cutoff for selective enrollment schools. Similar peers who ultimately attended selective enrollment schools experienced less academic growth. The research titled, “Choice and Consequence: Assessing Mismatch at Chicago Exam Schools” by Joshua D. Angrist, Parag Pathak, and Román Andrés Zárate was released as a discussion paper by the School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative (SEII), a research lab in the MIT Department of Economics while it awaits peer review.”

Chicago Public Schools CEO Says NYT 1619 Project to Be Taught in All City High Schools

By Mairead McArdle for Yahoo News

“The CEO of Chicago Public Schools announced this week that the New York Times‘s 1619 Project is being provided as a supplemental resource to every one of the system’s high schools. “Thanks to our partners at the Pulitzer Center, every CPS high school will receive 200–400 copies of the New York Times’ The 1619 Project this week as a resource to help reframe the institution of slavery, and how we’re still influenced by it today—from the workforce management system created to harness enslaved labor and the incredible wealth that came from its unsparing efficiency to the music that you may very well be listening to now,” CPS CEO Janice Jackson wrote in an essay published Tuesday.”

Bears’ players visit local Chicago Public School <Video>

By NBC Sports

“Kyle Fuller and Charles Leno Jr. visited Jordan Elementary Community School as part of the 2019 Bears school outreach program. Bears’ players will make weekly visits to Chicago Public Schools during the season to speak to and mentor students.”

Teacher aims to help children with learning disorders with affordable program

By Dana Alkhouri for ABC

“A former teacher with Chicago Public Schools has turned her passion for helping children with learning disabilities into an affordable program that aims to help children all across the city. Kaitlin Feriante and her husband, Andre Feriante, opened the Redwood Literacy program in June 2018 as a summer course with approximately 40 children. More than a year later, Redwood has not only grown into Redwood Day, a school co-founded by Becky Sinclair and located in Rodgers Park, Illinois, north of Chicago, but also into a partnership and teachers training program called Redwood Grow.”