Department of Literacy

“Balanced Literacy practices that inspire, invite, encourage, and honor all students“

Today’s students are preparing to enter a world in which colleges and businesses are demanding more than ever before. To ensure all students are ready for success after high school, the Common Core State Standards establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math and English language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade.

The Department of Literacy supports the implementation of the Common Core State Standards by supporting and providing both high quality curriculum and training to teachers. We make sure that the literacy being taught in CPS classrooms aligns with the Common Core State Standards, and that your child’s teacher knows how to support all students with the demands of the new standards.

The Common Core State Standards were drafted by experts and teachers from across the country and are designed to ensure students are prepared for today’s entry-level careers, freshman-level college courses, and workforce training programs.

As a department, we also want to support your involvement as a parent in your child’s literacy education. We all know that children do better academically if what they’re learning in class is reinforced at home, but that is not always easy. So to help you help your child get the best literacy education possible, we provided parent-friendly resources like the ones listed below.

This page includes our contact information. Please feel free to reach out to us at any time. We are here to help!

What are some resources for parents?

For Parents:

Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts [EnglishSpanish]
What Parents Should Know About the Common Core State Standards

Contact Information

Contact Name

Telephone #

Email Address

Title/Area of Expertise

Julie Burnett


Director, Department of Literacy

Jessica Chambers-Bunzol


Literacy Specialist

Gwynneth Jolliff-Blake


Literacy Specialist

Lisa Perez


Library Manager

Dorsey Chambers


Library Coordinator

Jennifer Reed


Administrative Assistant

Office of Core Curriculum
Department of Literacy
501 W. 35th Street, 1st Floor
Chicago, IL 60609

Page Last Modified on Monday, March 07, 2016