Our youth live in a world that is evolving by the day and is diverse and full of connections, processes and institutions with which they must try to understand and navigate through. In addition, the technology that our children interact with has, and continues to, evolve constantly - allowing our society to be truly global. A strong social science education will support our youth as they prepare to enter into this ever-evolving society and help to prepare them for college, career, civics and life.


In order for our youth to have an opportunity for this type of education they must be presented with a high-quality curriculum and teachers that are able to implement instruction in this way. Our department works to support these efforts by supporting curriculum development, leading teacher learning and organizing resources that will allow the classroom learning to move beyond the classroom. The Common Core State Standards identifies literacy-based skills that play an important role in social science learning, and the district is working to support the implementation of teaching that integrates these skills. The full implementation of these standards means that your children should be spending less time working from a textbook and interacting with a variety of types of text, practicing analysis and research of those texts and then having opportunities to communicate what they have learned in a variety of formats.


The learning that our students experience should also move outside of the classroom and allow for actual engagement in one of the greatest classrooms in the world - the city of Chicago. Chicago is filled with cultural and academic resources that are rich with opportunities and learning experiences. These are resources that can and should be accessed by teachers and families.


This page includes our organizational chart and 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:

Chicago History Museum

DuSable Museum of African American History

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center

National Museum of Mexican Art

The Oriental Institute (The University of Chicago)

The Field Museum of Natural History

Chicago Children's Museum

Contact Information

Contact Name

Telephone #

Email Address

Title/Area of Expertise

Jessica Marshall

773-553-6391

jmmarshall2@cps.edu

Director, Social Science & Civic Engagement

Gary McNaney

773-553-2428

glmcnaney@cps.edu

Social Science Specialist

Martin Moe

773-553-1932

msmoe@cps.edu

Social Science Manager

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

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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

Karon Purkett

773-553-6110

kmpurkett@cps.edu

P-2 Literacy Specialist

Kate Dube

773-553-6089

kdube@cps.edu

6-12 Literacy Specialist

Amy Niederberger Weiss

773-553-6131

aeweiss@cps.edu

K-8 & Bilingual Literacy Specialist

Dorsey Chambers

773-553-6218

djchambers-malewi@cps.edu

Library Coordinator

Jennifer Reed

773-553-1934

jreed@cps.edu

Administrative Assistant

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

Page Last Modified on Thursday, October 12, 2017