October 25, 2011
Parents of students at Chicago Public Schools (CPS) are raising their voices via video, spreading the word about the positive impact of the longer day on their children's education. To help get the word out to parents about the importance of the additional instructional time, broadened enrichment curriculum, and recess that a longer day affords, Chicago Public Schools will post eight parent videos over the coming weeks on its Facebook page, facebook.com/chicagopublicschools, under a Longer School Day tab. (Click here to visit the CPS Longer School Day Facebook tab.)
The first of eight parent videos, "We've Seen It Work," comes from a CPS parent whose children attend Disney II Elementary Magnet School. "We're seeing that our children are getting more time for enrichment programs such as art and music — things they really enjoy doing," says the parent. "Our school has really been lucky to have already an extended day, and we've seen it work."
A new video featuring a CPS parent's perspective on the longer school day will be released on each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday during the coming weeks. Each new video will be announced on the District's Twitter feed and housed on the District Vimeo page.
Parents of CPS students are invited to share their own videos by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org and to submit their ideas for how the longer school day should be implemented by e-mailing email@example.com.
In September, CPS launched a Longer School Day Pioneer Program website to serve as an informational resource and a center for discussion about the longer school day. Teachers, parents, and community members who want to learn more about the Longer School Day Pioneer Program are encouraged to visit www.cps.edu/longerday.
Chicago Public Schools serves 405,000 students in 675 schools. It is the nation's third-largest school district.