Comings & Goings: At CPS, Perspectives

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Bernard McCune is the new acting director of the CPS Office of College and Career Preparation, replacing Greg Darnieder. Ray Thompson, director of community relations for Perspectives Charter Schools, will leave Perspectives in May to become a consultant for the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University.

Bernard McCune is the new acting director of the CPS Office of College and Career Preparation, replacing Greg Darnieder, who played a key role in ramping up CPS efforts to boost students’ college access and is now a special assistant to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. McCune was the manager of GEAR-UP, a federally-funded program that provides mentoring, tutoring and other support to low-income middle and high school students to help them prepare for college.

Ray Thompson, director of community relations for Perspectives Charter Schools, will leave Perspectives in May to become a consultant for the Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University. The Institute trains social service agencies and other organizations to use the strengths, skills and local institutions in a neighborhood to drive revitalization. Thompson’s work at Perspectives, based on the concepts developed by researchers John McKnight and John Kretzmann of the Institute, was featured in Catalyst In Depthlast fall. 

Posted by Sarah Karp, Lorraine Forte