RYH Remote Learning SpEd Resources from CPS Parents, Teachers & Clinicians | COVID-19

We have compiled a list of resources that were shared by Parents, Teachers and Clinicians in the various SpEd Community video meetings we have had since the COVID-19 school closures.  Please share links to any other resources you may have to faheyhughes@gmail.com and we will add them.  [If you only have hard copies of what you would like to share, e-mail me photos of your doc and I’ll save it on Google Docs and share from there. Continue reading

CPS Grab & Go Meal Sites: Changes for Spring Break & beyond | COVID-19

There are changes to the CPS Grab & Go Meal Sites which distribute both breakfast and lunch to Chicago families. The changes start on Mon, April 6 (the beginning of CPS Spring Break), then more changes start post CPS Spring Break on Mon, April 13. Please see below for CPS Grab & Go Meal Site Basics, then the upcoming changes.  Continue reading

This Week in Ed 4.2.20: Remote learning experiment begins | IL schools closed through April 30

We hope you and your family are well. Yes, this newsletter has a lot of content- again. If you read and scroll you'll find many things of value. You can find the RYH COVID-19 Resources page here- we try to update this daily. You can read more about what we are doing during this time here. Here are all the ways to stay in touch with us. Stay well, friends. ~ RYH Board & Staff Continue reading

RYH wins award from Crossroads Fund!

We are truly honored to receive the Ron Sable Award for Activism from Crossroads Fund! Unfortunately, their annual benefit, Seeds of Change, has been canceled because of COVID-19. But Crossroads is creative... Tune in to their Facebook page for a Facebook Watch Party on Thursday, April 2, at 10am, as they honor us! You can watch the video here. #virtualseeds Below is our prepared speech which was edited for time. Continue reading

This Week in Ed 3.26.20: No school in IL, Week 2 | COVID-19

We hope you and your family are well. Yes, this newsletter has a lot of content, including many articles. If you read and scroll you'll find many things of value. You can find the RYH COVID-19 resource page here- we try to update this daily. You can read more about what we are doing during this time here. Thanks for reading. Here are the ways to stay in touch with us. Stay well, friends. ~ RYH Staff & Board Continue reading

RYH Statement at the modified March 2020 CPS Board of Ed meeting- sent via email

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CPS Board of Ed hosted their March 2020 monthly meeting in a remote, modified fashion. With only 15 speaking spots as opposed to the usual 60, RYH was unable to secure a speaking spot. Here is a thread of our live tweets. Below is the written statement we submitted to boe@cps.edu on Wednesday afternoon. Press coverage of the meeting is below our statement. Continue reading

COVID-19 Resources | IL Schools are closed through April 30

Updated 4.8.20, 11AM. Thank you for visiting our COVID-19 Resources webpage.  QUICK LINKS... COVID-19 Resources from Raise Your Hand (pdf links have working links & are good for printing; jpg links are good for texting & social media use): RYH webpage: RYH Remote Learning SpEd Resources from CPS Parents, Teachers & Clinicians Created 4.8.20 | One pager of resources (pdf) (jpg) RYH list compiled from several Zoom calls with SpEd community: What SpEd Parents Want to See from CPS re Remote Learning Created 4.8.20 RYH webpage: CPS Grab & Go Meal Sites: Changes for Spring Break & beyond Created 4.3.20 One pager (pdf) (jpg)  One pager: RYH CPS Remote Learning Guidance (Synopsis) (pdf) (jpg) Created 4.1.20 One pager: Various Supportive Resources (pdf) (jpg here) Created 4.2.20 This webpage you are now visiting: RYH COVID-19 Resources Hope is a Discipline | Community Buildings and Resources during COVID-19 : A Letter from our Executive Director | Links to resources We are hosting weekly virtual meetings for parents of children with special needs and LSC members | Email info@ilraiseyourhand.org to connect on these Continue reading

This Week in Ed 3.12.20: COVID-19 in our schools; LSC nominations extended until TOMORROW; And more.

Yeah, newsletter is long again, folks, but well worth it… Since last week’s RYH newsletter (sent Friday morning), COVID-19 or coronavirus has taken over the news. Note: this newsletter was completed at 11PM 3/11 and scheduled to send at 6AM 3/12. Below are some links to find updates, information on the virus, and the latest news on COVID-19 in our schools.  Continue reading

An unpublished op-ed: On the Collateral Damage of NWEA

We're honored to publish this op-ed which was written for the Chicago Tribune but went unpublished. It's worth a read. The author is Martin Gartzman, a Senior Associate at UChicago STEM Education at the University of Chicago. From 2002–2006, Gartzman served as the CPS Chief Mathematics and Science Officer, where he directed the Chicago Math and Science Initiative (CMSI), the district’s touted program for mathematics and science improvement. Continue reading