In order to create a more efficient support system for schools, and to ensure that every dollar possible is directed to classrooms, CPS has created a new structure for its academic Networks.
Prior to this change, the District was organized into 19 Networks, with elementary and high schools in separate categories. That number is now 13, all of which will serve students from Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade.
“By creating instructional continuity Network by Network, this realignment will allow us to deliver supports and resources to District-run schools and enhance their efforts to give every student access to a high-quality education,” said CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.
Networks provide CPS schools with administrative support, strategic direction and leadership development while also driving critical supports that help boost student learning. These include professional development plans that support teacher growth, collecting and assessing data that helps drive interventions for students in need, collaborating with other Networks on best practices, and enhancing community and parental involvement.
By restructuring these Networks, CPS will be better able to target supports school by school, creating a more coherent, continuous support system for students. Each Network will have approximately 10 employee positions, including a Network Chief and several instructional support leaders.
To help meet their unique educational needs, some schools will operate under their own organizational structure. These include alternative schools and the District’s Service Learning (Military) Academies. Additionally, AUSL schools will no longer be included in the overall Network structure, instead receiving support directly from the Chief Officer of Network Supports.
This Network realignment will better support students, teachers and parents and will further the District’s goal of ensuring that every child in CPS is 100 percent college ready and 100 percent college bound by the time they graduate from high school.