Catalyst 25th Anniversary

CAT25thAnniversaryEPSThis 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.

HOB-e-invite-headerCelebration and Send-off

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.

Sponsorships and marketing opportunities are available. 

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

Sponsors include:

 Voqal Fund  The Chicago Community Trust
McDougal Family Foundation 
 MacArthur Foundation        Boeing    spencer logo_2c   Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Polk Bros. Foundation        Robert R. McCormick Foundation      UnionLeague-Logo   Southwest_cmyk       CPL_small       wttw11_small