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HIGHER ED INITIATIVE The Department of Postsecondary Education, CEO Arne Duncan and a group of universities have established the Higher Education Advisory Taskforce (HEAT) to develop college admission, financial aid and student support initiatives to increase the number of CPS graduates who enroll in higher education. Participating schools are: Chicago State, Illinois Institute of Technology, DePaul University, Knox College, Loyola University, Malcolm X College, Northeastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

New Broad Residents The Broad Center for the Management of School Systems has named five new Broad Residents in Urban Education to work at CPS for the next two years. Aarti Dhupelia, formerly a manager at Marakon Associaties, Jacqueline Statum, formerly a senior associate brand manager for Hershey Co., and Wendy Thompson, formerly an assistant vice president with Aon Corp., will work as project managers in the chief administrative office; Diana Matthews, a chemical engineer who worked in the pharmaceutical industry, is working on a per-pupil budgeting initiative; Kathleen Weaver, formerly a consultant, will be a senior manager in the Office of New Schools. They join 12 other Broad residents already working at CPS.

Moving on Carol Johnson, member of the Catalyst Chicago Editorial Board and formerly of the anti-violence group CeaseFire, is now director of community building for Bethel New Life.

Social Worker Award Vivian Loseth, executive director of Youth Guidance and chair of the Catalyst Chicago Editorial Board, has been named Social Worker of the Year by the Chicago district of the National Association of Social Workers-Illinois. Loseth has been with Youth Guidance, a social service agency that works with CPS, for 30 years and is also director of the Chicago Comer School Development Program, an initiative that aims to improve the educational environment for at-risk children.

At Clark Street Michael Lach, formerly director of math and science, has been named director of high school curriculum.

New home for Erikson The Erikson Institute has launched a $30 million, five-year fundraising campaign for the construction of its new home at 451 N. LaSalle St. Half of the money already has been raised—$12.1 million from the 42 trustees and the rest in grants from the Irving Harris Foundation, the Polk Bros. Foundation and LaSalle Bank. Erikson broke ground Jan. 18 and is slated to move in late summer. The new space will include a library, a clinical area for children and families and increased space for the Herr Research Center for Children and Social Policy.

CPS e-mails Starting Nov. 1, school-based staff will have new e-mail addresses ending in Principals and assistant principals will have addresses ending in as well as an address ending in Administrative staff members at the central office will keep their current addresses. CPS students eventually will have e-mail addresses as well.

Principal contracts The following interim principals have been awarded principal contracts: Sean Clayton, Marconi; Santos Gomez, N. Davis; Alberto Juarez, Gary; Leonard Kenebrew, Clemente; Macquline King, Dumas; Douglas MacLin, School of the Arts High School at South Shore; Linda Mims, Best Practices High School at Cregier Multiplex. These principals have had their contracts renewed: Frank Embil, Woodlawn; Rolland Jasper, Joplin; Marilyn LeBoy, Ebinger.

PURE Turns 20 Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE) will celebrate its 20th anniversary from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 3 at Lazo’s Restaurant, 2009 N. Western Ave. City Clerk Miguel Del Valle will speak. For more information, visit or call (312) 491-9101.

Renaissance grants The Renaissance Schools Fund, the private partner to Renaissance 2010, announced $3.9 million in grants to new schools: Bronzeville Lighthouse Charter, Catalyst Charter-Howland and Austin campuses; Providence Englewood Charter-Bunche; UNO Charter-Bartolome de las Casas, Carlos Fuentes and Donald J. Marquez campuses; Austin Business and Entrepreneurship Academy; Chicago International Charter-Ralph Ellison and Irving Park campuses; Noble Street Charter -Pritzker, Rauner and Golder college preps; Urban Prep Academy for Young Men Charter-Englewood; Polaris Charter Academy; Aspira Early College High School; Collins Academy High; Marine Military Math and Science Academy, North Lawndale College Prep Charter, Perspectives Charter-Calumet Middle School; Frazier Prep Academy; and Team Englewood Community Academy. The Fund reports it has raised $41 million since 2005.

Promoting attendance WGCI and KISS-FM will send radio personalities to eight high schools throughout the year to motivate students to come to school. Schools that will receive visits are Michele Clark, Clemente, Wells, Crane, Farragut, Washington, Phillips and Tilden.

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NEW PRINCIPAL PROGRAM Teach for America-Chicago and the Harvard Graduate School of Education have joined forces to recruit, train and place top Teach for America alumni as principals in some of CPS’ lowest-performing schools. The prospective principals will be recruited into a special master’s program at Harvard and then enter a one-year residency under the tutelage of a CPS principal. The program is expected to train 10 new principals a year. The Chicago Public Education Fund contributed $310,000 toward the program; the Pritzker Traubert Family Foundation donated $115,000. CPS will pay the salary for fellows during their residency years. Jillian Kott, director of alumni support for Teach for America-Chicago, will coordinate the effort.

AT CLARK STREET Adeline Ray, formerly senior program coordinator for the district’s Community Schools Initiative, is now senior manager for the initiative, taking over from Tawa Jogunosimi, who has been named assistant to the mayor for education. … David Gilligan has been named chief officer for the Office of High Schools and High School Programs; Abigayil Joseph, has been named academic enhancement officer. Both previously served as interims in the posts.

NEW AREA OFFICERS The following administrators have been named to head area instructional offices: Jerryelyn Jones (ousted as principal at Curie High in a case that prompted Mayor Daley and top CPS officials to call for more central office control over principal hiring and firing by local school councils), Area 24; Norma Rodriguez, previously a high school curriculum and instructional officer, Area 22; Paul Zeitler, former principal at Sheridan Elementary, Area 19; Carolyn Epps, former principal at Canter Middle School, Area 13.

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTS The following interim principals have been awarded new principal contracts: Nadine Dillanado, Mayo; Richard Glass Jr., Gale; Shontae Higginbottom, Avalon Park; Kurt Jones, Libby; Derek Jordan, Powell; Odette Langer, Barry; Kenneth McNeal, Bogan; Richard Smith, Crane Tech; Renee Thomas, Woodson South; Rosa Valdez, Haugan; Henry West Jr., Clark; Krystal Reden Thomas, School of Technology at South Shore; and Ferdinand Wipachit, Phoenix Military Academy. The following principals have had their contracts renewed: Velma Cooksey, Wadsworth, and Angelica Herrera-Vest, Ortiz de Dominguez. Phillip Perry has been named interim principal at Curie.

TEACHING ENGLISH LEARNERS McGraw-Hill Education and are sponsoring a video/essay contest to find the best instructional strategies for English-language learners. Teachers may submit a two-and-a-half-minute video or a 250- to 500-word essay at demonstrating an effective teaching method. Deadline for submissions is Oct. 18. Teachers can vote for the finalists on that Web site. Two grand prize winners each will receive $1,500 to purchase classroom supplies. Two runners-up each will receive $500. Winners will be announced Nov. 14.

PARENTS’ RETREAT The 15th Annual Youth Guidance Parent Leadership Retreat is scheduled for Nov. 9-10 at Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort. The conference is designed to help parent leaders increase parent participation in schools as a way to improve student learning. Registration is $325. For additional information, call (312) 253-4900 or visit

BILINGUAL ED COUNCIL Miguel Llanas, a parent from Columbia Explorers, is the new president of the Chicago Multilingual Parents Council, which advises the district on the development, implementation and evaluation of its bilingual education programs. Other parent members and their schools are: Rosa Diaz, Greeley; Paula Sandoval, Falconer; Estela Portillo, Lowell; Marlen Paradelo, Yates; SanJuana Andrade, Cooper; Patricia Martinez, Carson; Maria Alicia Aguirre, Peck; Sandy Barbosa, Gallistel; Ramiro Aranda, Reilly; Roman Centeno, Zapata; Maria Perez, Holden. Community members are: Amina Taylor, Areas 1, 2 and 19; Maria del Carmen Casimiro, Areas 3, 4 and 6; Sau Yung Li, Areas 7, 8, 9 and 21; Maria Rosa Almazan and Jaqueline Alderete, Areas 10, 12, 13 and 22; Juvenal Duarte, Areas 11, 14, 15 and 23. CPS staff members on the council are: Jose Torres, area instructional officer, Area 14; Anna Pisula, bilingual teacher, Oriole Park; and Daniel Guzman, bilingual teacher, Zapata.

CHARTER CHANGES The Academy of Communications and Technology has moved from 4319 W. Washington St. to 2908 W. Washington St., where it is sharing space with Cather Elementary. … ASPIRA-Mirta Ramirez Computer Science High School Campus has moved from 2435 N. Western Ave. to 1711 N. California Ave. … Chicago International Charter-Ralph Ellison Campus has moved from 8001 S. Honore St. to 1547 W. 95th St. … The Choir Academy Charter School of Chicago has moved from 3737 S. Paulina St. to 3630 S. Wells St.