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To prepare students to thrive in a world of ongoing and accelerating change, they must both understand how media shapes ...
06/03/2022

To prepare students to thrive in a world of ongoing and accelerating change, they must both understand how media shapes them and our culture, politics and values, and know how to leverage media as a tool for engagement and change.

Help us ensure schools have the tools they need to prepare students to be critical consumers and stewards of media for readiness in college, career, and their civic life.

Complete the Chicago Public Schools Media Literacy District Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F8WC5FQ

- Takes 5 minutes / anonymous
- All content areas and grade levels asked to participate
- Information will be used to inform the K12 district strategy
- Opportunities to participate in focus groups and leadership next school year

$100 Gift Cards raffle for teachers that opt-in to the focus group interviews!

To prepare students to thrive in a world of ongoing and accelerating change, they must both understand how media shapes ...
05/20/2022

To prepare students to thrive in a world of ongoing and accelerating change, they must both understand how media shapes them and our culture, politics and values, and know how to leverage media as a tool for engagement and change.

Help us ensure schools have the tools they need to prepare students to be critical consumers and stewards of media for readiness in college, career, and their civic life.

Complete the Chicago Public Schools Media Literacy District Survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/F8WC5FQ

- Takes 5 minutes / anonymous
- All content areas and grade levels asked to participate
- Information will be used to inform the K12 district strategy
- Opportunities to participate in focus groups and leadership next school year

$100 Gift Cards raffle for teachers that opt-in to the focus group interviews!

: Check out our May Newsletter centered around  and upcoming opportunities for Chicago Public Schools educators and stud...
05/12/2022

: Check out our May Newsletter centered around and upcoming opportunities for Chicago Public Schools educators and students 👉 conta.cc/3FGDGoD

North-Grand High School Eagle Owls students decided to revitalize their courtyard as part of the Participatory Budget pr...
05/09/2022

North-Grand High School Eagle Owls students decided to revitalize their courtyard as part of the Participatory Budget process. Now, Civics students are vetting vendors and getting ready to make their school improvement project a reality. This is just one of 19 schools across Chicago Public Schools who are listening to their communities and spending funds through a democratic process.

The Department of Social Science and Civic Engagement is thankful to have amazing teachers districtwide who are invested...
05/06/2022

The Department of Social Science and Civic Engagement is thankful to have amazing teachers districtwide who are invested in Chicago Public Schools students both inside and outside the classroom. We value you, we love you, we see you. ❤️

Students and families at Plamondon Panthers were asked how they would improve their school with the Participatory Budget...
05/04/2022

Students and families at Plamondon Panthers were asked how they would improve their school with the Participatory Budgeting grant. Three trends emerged: an exterior marquee, playground refurbishment, or new technology. 31 of 69 families and every student in grades 4-8 casted ballots. The school is now sorting out a combination of a marquee and playground equipment to bring to the school!

Throughout May, we will highlight the  engaged in Participatory Budgeting, a democratic process for students to decide h...
05/03/2022

Throughout May, we will highlight the engaged in Participatory Budgeting, a democratic process for students to decide how to spend part of their school's budget. They've spent the year collecting ideas, creating proposals, and hosting schoolwide votes. Stay tuned!

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! To the hard-working, dedicated Chicago Public Schools teachers who continue shaping liv...
05/02/2022

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! To the hard-working, dedicated Chicago Public Schools teachers who continue shaping lives no matter what, thank you.

With important elections looming this fall, there is an upcoming summer professional learning opportunity with our partn...
04/22/2022

With important elections looming this fall, there is an upcoming summer professional learning opportunity with our partners, Center for Information & Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) and UC Riverside's Civic Engagement Research Group (CERG)!

This workshop (running June 27-30 or July 11-14) will prepare you to teach about upcoming elections and will support your colleagues' efforts to foster informed and equitable voting among students and their communities. More info here: http://ow.ly/gB8450IPSuW

: April is ! View the guidance here 👉  bit.ly/finlitmonth22
04/21/2022

: April is ! View the guidance here 👉 bit.ly/finlitmonth22

View April's newsletter that centers on , , and more. Access resources, events, and opportunities here 👉 conta.cc/37sAQG...
04/19/2022

View April's newsletter that centers on , , and more. Access resources, events, and opportunities here 👉 conta.cc/37sAQGY

Foreman College and Career Academy is one of the 19  schools putting democracy in action with the Participatory Budgetin...
04/13/2022

Foreman College and Career Academy is one of the 19 schools putting democracy in action with the Participatory Budgeting process. On April 27, students will vote on how to spend school funds. Proposals include smart sensors that detect va**ng, new bathroom mirrors, and new music equipment.

Saturday, April 23 from 12-4pm at Big Marsh Park: Join Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Social Science and Civic Engageme...
04/11/2022

Saturday, April 23 from 12-4pm at Big Marsh Park: Join Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Social Science and Civic Engagement, Field Museum, Faith in Place, Southeast Side Chicago Park District, CIMBY Student Interns and Faith In Place Youth Environmental Leaders for a music-filled, student-led, educational day to celebrate the Coolest on Earth! Register at bit.ly/38LSaHz.

  Civics students engaged in Participatory Budgeting, a democratic process to decide how to spend part of their school's...
04/06/2022

Civics students engaged in Participatory Budgeting, a democratic process to decide how to spend part of their school's budget. They collected ideas from students, created proposals, and held a schoolwide vote. In the end, they purchased a 3D printer!

View Chicago Public Schools  Chief Karime Asaf's  submission. Read about the women who made an impact on her below:
03/31/2022

View Chicago Public Schools Chief Karime Asaf's submission. Read about the women who made an impact on her below:

Read Chicago Public Schools Chief Education Officer Chkoumbova’s  about a teacher who helped her see the power of educat...
03/31/2022

Read Chicago Public Schools Chief Education Officer Chkoumbova’s about a teacher who helped her see the power of educators. We hope this inspires you to take the call to action, and share a story about a woman that impacted you!

View Chicago Public Schools Richards Career Academy Principal Ellen Kennedy's  submission. Read about the woman who's ma...
03/31/2022

View Chicago Public Schools Richards Career Academy Principal Ellen Kennedy's submission. Read about the woman who's made an impact on her leadership and community below:

View   Chief of Schools, Laura Lemone's  submission! Chief Lemone has worked for  for over 17 years as an educator, assi...
03/28/2022

View Chief of Schools, Laura Lemone's submission! Chief Lemone has worked for for over 17 years as an educator, assistant principal, and principal. She also carries multiple degrees, including a Doctorate in Education. Read about the woman who's made an impact on her as a leader below:

Read Mildred’s  submission below! She's the district’s Student Voice Specialist and a  alum. Learn more about the woman ...
03/28/2022

Read Mildred’s submission below! She's the district’s Student Voice Specialist and a alum. Learn more about the woman who has impacted her and her community.

Read   Engagement Manager, Tamiko Nettles’  submission! See her answer below:
03/24/2022

Read Engagement Manager, Tamiko Nettles’ submission! See her answer below:

Read  Principal ’s  submission! See her answer below:
03/23/2022

Read Principal ’s submission! See her answer below:

This , we’re asking the  community to tell us about a woman (past or present) who has impacted them or their community. ...
03/22/2022

This , we’re asking the community to tell us about a woman (past or present) who has impacted them or their community. These next two weeks we will uplift the stories shared with us. Want to share your story? 👉 bit.ly/herstorycps

Shout out to Chicago Public Schools Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep's SVC students who met with Principal Shannae Jackson ...
03/18/2022

Shout out to Chicago Public Schools Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep's SVC students who met with Principal Shannae Jackson to provide feedback on their school's Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP).

Chicago Public Schools' Student Voice and Activism Fellow, Grace, is facilitating discussion on the student voice spectr...
03/17/2022

Chicago Public Schools' Student Voice and Activism Fellow, Grace, is facilitating discussion on the student voice spectrum during PowerPalooza! Educators are learning about how to incorporate student voice into their school infrastructures.

Are you a Chicago Public Schools 4th-12th grade educator looking to start or continue building authentic youth-adult par...
03/09/2022

Are you a Chicago Public Schools 4th-12th grade educator looking to start or continue building authentic youth-adult partnerships in your school community? Join Student Voice and Activism Fellows (SVAF) on 3/17 from 5:30-7:30pm as they host Power Palooza, a student-led PD: bit.ly/powerpalooza22!

Chicago Public Schools Social Science Educator Opportunity! Attend the 1619 Project Education Conference on 2/19 and 2/2...
02/14/2022

Chicago Public Schools Social Science Educator Opportunity! Attend the 1619 Project Education Conference on 2/19 and 2/20. Learn more here: http://ow.ly/V6bq50HUJc2

Happy ! View our newsletter for resources, events, and stories of how Chicago Public Schools educators uplift Black Joy,...
02/02/2022

Happy ! View our newsletter for resources, events, and stories of how Chicago Public Schools educators uplift Black Joy, contributions, and history all year long! http://ow.ly/pANm50HK0Oh

Happy ! View our newsletter for resources, events, and stories of how  educators uplift Black Joy, contributions, and hi...
02/02/2022

Happy ! View our newsletter for resources, events, and stories of how educators uplift Black Joy, contributions, and history all year long! http://ow.ly/HV7A50HJX5j

Save The Date  Teachers! Come to a Financial Education Resource Fair to enrich your classrooms by networking with commun...
01/28/2022

Save The Date Teachers! Come to a Financial Education Resource Fair to enrich your classrooms by networking with community partners around curricular enrichment, professional development, student opportunities, and more! ES: 2/1 and HS: 2/2. Register 👉 http://ow.ly/gaPr50HEStq

It's ! View our latest newsletter for new Chicago Public Schools civic media literacy partners, resources, and opportuni...
01/27/2022
National News Literacy Week - New Survey, Student & Teacher Opportunities, and More!

It's ! View our latest newsletter for new Chicago Public Schools civic media literacy partners, resources, and opportunities for students and educators to shape civic media literacy in CPS 👉

Media Literacy Matters In order to prepare all students for college, career, and civic life we must acknowledge how the media dominant, disinformation rich world we live in shapes what that readiness

 is offering  educators a webinar this Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 pm on the new interactive simulation featuring the Turbo...
01/24/2022
Join us to learn more about EVERFI's free digital resources for teaching financial literacy

is offering educators a webinar this Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 pm on the new interactive simulation featuring the Turbo Tax software. They will cover how students can learn to file their taxes for the first time using common tax prep software. 👉 http://ow.ly/x4xQ50HBJa6

EVERFI has partnered with Chicago Public Schools to bring you several professional development opportunities for the 2021-22 school year! We’re hosting a series of webinars covering digital and ready-to-use Financial Education classroom resources for your students. All attending teachers will rece...

New opportunity for K12 Chicago Public Schools Educators! Join our Culturally Responsive Experiential Learning PLC to de...
01/18/2022

New opportunity for K12 Chicago Public Schools Educators! Join our Culturally Responsive Experiential Learning PLC to develop civic-centered projects that deepen skills and content within your curriculum. Includes training, resources, stipend, and more 👉 http://ow.ly/X27A50Hxc5i

View our latest newsletter that features the new Illinois Senate Bill 0564, which names January 17th the Muhammad Ali Co...
01/13/2022

View our latest newsletter that features the new Illinois Senate Bill 0564, which names January 17th the Muhammad Ali Commemorative holiday, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Day. We provide social science educators with curricular resources and upcoming opportunities 👉 https://ssce.cps.edu/news-and-events/

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I'll be facilitating a PD on Tuesday of next week for Chicago Public School teachers. The whole SSCE team will be there. Come learn with us...sign up through the Learning Hub!
Recently, we have seen great debate in the news about values, civility, and what we as citizens perceive as good traits in our leaders at all levels of government. By studying Judy Baar Topinka’s life and philosophy, students can discuss qualities of leadership as well as how her thinking and life is relevant today. Just Judy, A Citizen and Leader for Illinois is a great compliment to any civics course and it explores such issues as good government in the form of good management and leadership; civility; protocol; compromise; integrity, perseverance; heritage; respect and advocacy.
The Chicago Chapter of VeteransForPeace.org will be submitting a workshop proposal on the militarization of youth and its effects on youth and the community.
Our department created an amazing list of civic engagement opportunities for youth to be engaged during spring break. Check it out, share and encourage your students to sign up!
Great kick off to Civics today with 50+ Powerful CPS teachers at AL RABY HS. Remember, you are powerful!
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