This year, Catalyst Chicago marks a quarter century of award-winning, in-depth reporting on education in Chicago. And we want you to be part of a year-long celebration aimed at getting more people involved in an informed dialogue about what matters most for our city’s students and their families.
Thanks to everyone who joined us on Oct. 27 at the House of Blues for the concluding event in our 25th anniversary year: a celebration of our work and a salute to founder Linda Lenz as she retires. It was an evening of music, memories and fun that also supported independent, in-depth reporting on Chicago schools. >> CHECK OUT OUR EVENT PHOTOS
Events and Activities
- Then, Now, Next Online Almanac
A weekly look at past, present, and future highlights in education
- Critical Conversations
Town hall meetings where experts from the grassroots to academia will discuss issues of equity, leadership and opportunity
—March 24 “Teaching and Learning in a Digital World,” featuring a new film by John Merrow, veteran education correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. Check out our event photos..
—May 21 “The High School Challenge,” a look at local high school improvement efforts and the premiere of a short documentary by The School Project on a successful, long-running program in a neighborhood high school. Check out our event photos.
—Sept. 15 “Attracting and Keeping Good Teachers.” Check out our event photos.
- Classroom Story Slams
Social networking, storytelling and community building for teachers and others close to the classroom
—Feb. 26 MC Kynshasa Ward. Check out our event photos.
—April 2 MC avery r young. Check out our event photos.
—June 19 Celebrate the last day of school in CPS. Check out our event photos.
- My Catalyst
Essays from readers on the difference Catalyst has made in their work and the state of education in Chicago
- Celebration and Sendoff – Buy tickets now!
—Oct. 27 House of Blues. An evening fun for all the Chicagoans who have been working to improve Chicago’s schools and a salute to Catalyst for 25 years of great reporting and founder Linda Lenz as she retires. Check out our event photos.
The Linda Lenz Education Reporting Fellowship
A way to invest in the future of in-depth education reporting.
The debut documentary of The School Project captures the turbulent tenor of the times a quarter century ago when Catalyst founder and publisher Linda Lenz was writing for the Chicago Sun-Times. Linda went on to launch the country’s first independent news publication focused on urban education. We will celebrate that and more in Education: Then, Now, Next. Celebrating 25 years of Catalyst Chicago.
For information, contact Sylvia Ewing at (312) 673 3864
Collaborating organizations include:
Chicago Public Library, Illinois Humanities Council, The School Project, Vocalo, WTTW / American Graduate