Eye on Education


What makes a good teacher?

A round-up of local and national research on the characteristics that make a difference to student achievement.

Toddlers get a sneak peek at school

Through a two-year-old program in Austin , children in home-based day-care now have the chance to get a preschool education they would not otherwise receive.

Ask Catalyst: Every issue, Catalyst tracks down the answer to a reader’s question about CPS. To ask your question, click here askcat@catalyst-chicago.org

You can find these stories and more online at www.catalyst-chicago.org .

Meeting, Events, Deadlines

CPS Right Now! is a new Chicago Public Schools television newsmagazine program about what’s happening at CPS. The show features students, teachers, parents and community members. Tune in everyday on Channel 49 at 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to see what’s going on at a school near you!

January 31 st – Unilever Performance Plus Award

Nominate your favorite Chicago Public Schools high school students to honor a current high school teacher who has gone above and beyond their job requirements, in and outside the classroom, to make a difference in students’ lives. Nomination should be based on the following:

•  Performance above and beyond their paid job requirements

•  Setting an example for students of achievement through extra work

•  Giving extra time to help students succeed

•  Motivating students to go the extra mile

Download the Nomination Form

Thomas Hughes Children’s Library

Tuesdays, Jan. 23-Feb. 20 at 10 & 10:45 a.m.
Lapsit Series
Each 25-minute weekly session emphasizes adult-child interaction and presents books, fingerplays and songs for babies and adults to share. For ages 6-23 months with a caregiver. Registration is required for the six-week series. (Children’s Program Room)

Tuesdays, Jan. 23-Feb. 20 at 11:30 a.m.
Toddler Series
Each 25-30 minute weekly session presents interactive stories, picture books, fingerplays, songs and other activities for terrific twos. For ages 24-35 months with a caregiver. Registration is required for the six-week series. (Children’s Program Room)

Please call when registration is required. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are approximately 45-60 minutes.

Contact: 312-747-4200

Location: 400 S. State St .

Website: www.chipublib.org

January 25 th thru February 18th – Congo Square Theatre Presents “ Joe Turner’s Come And Gone” by August Wilson

Wilson tells the story of Herald Loomis a man searching the country, with his young daughter, to find his estranged wife. Herald’s journey takes him to a boarding house in Pittsburgh , were his self-discovery leads him to salvation.

Location: Owen Theatre 170 N Dearborn Chicago , IL 60601

For information on registration, ticket purchase and other events, visit, http://www.goodmantheatre.org/season/Production.aspx?tess=1413

Thursday, February 8, 2007- DO VIDEO GAMES HELP KIDS LEARN?

In October, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur announced a $50 million initiative to support research and innovative projects focused on understanding the impact of the widespread use of digital media on our youth and how they learn.  MacArthur Foundation will host a panel discussion on video games and learning. A reception will follow. The event is open to the press and public. Speakers will include: Sasha Barab of Indiana University , Nichole Pinkard , Director of Technology at the University of Chicago ‘s Center for Urban School Improvement, David Williamson Shaffer , a professor at University of Wisconsin-Madison and author of How Computer Games Help Children Learn and Jonathan Fanton , President of the MacArthur Foundation.

Location: Newberry Library, 60 West Walton Street , Chicago

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Contact: Andy Solomon, (312) 726-8000

Email: asolomon@macfound.org

Chicago Public School Calendar

February 12 – Lincoln ‘s Birthday

February 19 – Presidents Day

Friday, December 8 th – Elementary and High Schools will distribute Student Progress Reports.

Teacher and Educator Workshops and Resources

National Council on Teacher Quality presents……

A new Web site that gives users instant access to teacher-contract data in the nation’s 50 largest school districts, but teachers’ unions are warning against taking some of the information at face value. The database does not offer any information that is not on the public record. But it brings together in a single, searchable site collective bargaining agreements, school board policies, laws pertaining to teachers, and teacher handbooks for the 50 districts.

Website: http://www.nctq.org/cb/


Lumina Foundation has joined with the American Council on Education and the Ad Council to launch a new campaign dedicated to raising awareness among low-income students about the critical steps they need to take to get to college. The campaign, KnowHow2Go, encourages students to take these steps and connects them with helpful information and resources. Finding someone to help is the first and most important step. For more information vist:

Website: www.knowhow2go.org

Job Opportunities

Ounce of Prevention seeks

Education Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that programs develop and implement systems for the delivery of high quality education and child development services in compliance with the Head Start Performance Standards and state/local licensing regulations. The Education Coordinator is responsible for supporting the educational staff at all assigned sites through leadership, training, mentor-coaching, and monitoring.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS: Masters Degree in Early Childhood Development, Early Childhood Education (preferred) or related service field, with five years of classroom/direct service experience in a Head Start or similar Early Childhood programs.

Contact: Human Resources 122 S. Michigan Ave., Suite 2050
Chicago , IL 60603-6198 Fax: 312-922-8798

E-mail: resumes@ounceofprevention.org

Website: http://www.ounceofprevention.org/


Next Eye on Education will be published

February 4, 2007 . Deadline for submission of information to be posted is due by February 4, 2007. Contact: 312-673-3866, via fax at 312-427-6130, or email, eyefax@catalyst-chicago.org . Catalyst and Eye on Education are published by the Community Renewal Society. Eye on Education is a free resource.