November 16, 2012
Education officials from throughout Illinois today visited five Chicago Public Schools (CPS), an annual event that provides representatives of school districts from around the state an opportunity to see first-hand innovations in education that are taking place in Chicago. The officials are attending the 80th annual joint conference of the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB), Illinois Association of School Administrators and Illinois Association of School Business Officials, which is taking place in Chicago this weekend.
The conference focuses on excellence in local school governance as a critical support for quality public education. Conference delegates represent the broad spectrum of education officials who comprise the governing boards and administrations of school districts – urban, mid- and small-sized cities and towns, and rural – around the state, who come together annually to share best practices and new ideas, to study solutions to challenges they face, meet colleagues and come away inspired and prepared to address issues within their own districts. Beyond the tour, the conference includes panels, workshops and other learning opportunities.
CPS and the IASB have jointly arranged these school visits for conference delegates for the past 41 years. Delegates were given a choice of visiting one of five district schools. The schools were selected to allow IASB delegates to view first-hand CPS’s diverse portfolio of schools.
“We are pleased to showcase the diverse range of educational opportunities available to families and students in Chicago Public Schools. Providing education leaders from throughout Illinois a chance to visit our schools gives them a greater sense of the scope of our school system, as well as the opportunity to interact with our teachers and students,” said Jesse Ruiz, vice president of the Chicago Board of Education, who addressed the IASB delegates during their morning session.
The five schools visited by IASB delegates:
- Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences, a magnet school with a specialized curriculum located on the city’s far southwest side
- Lane Technical High School, a selected enrollment school on the city’s north side which also contains an Academic Center for high-performing 7th and 8th graders
- Pulaski International School of Chicago, a north side neighborhood school with an International Baccalaureate Programme and a Regional Gifted Center for Spanish-speaking English Language Learners
- National Teachers Academy, a neighborhood school located on the south side that also serves as a teaching academy for the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL), which manages the school for CPS
- Rowe Elementary, a charter school on the near northwest side founded in 2009 by Northwestern University Settlement Association, which is dedicated to the academic, social, and emotional success of its students.
“We appreciate the collaboration with CPS over the past 41 years in showcasing some of what is exemplary in public education today,” said Cynthia Woods, Director for Advocacy at IASB.
Chicago Public Schools serves 403,000 students in 681 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.