This Week in Ed 2.3.21: Like Sands Through The Hourglass, So Are The CPS Pandemic Schooling Days ⌛

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Reimagining School Safety In CPS

Sat, Feb 6 | 11AM - 12:30 PM | Register

One thing is certain, when Chicago’s children return to schools they will need safe havens. Reimagining Safety is an all-hands on deck approach. Join us to hear the current state of safety in CPS as it relates to CPD SROs and what's possible when we collectively organize resources to reimagine safety. This event is the first in a series of upcoming events and workshops.

Register to join us on Zoom to hear from CPS youth, parents, LSC members, teachers and neighbors. You can also watch live on Facebook.

[SRO = School Resource Officer AKA police officers in the school]


And ICYMI... From CPS: "The Whole School Comprehensive Safety Plan is a part of CPS’ effort to create a more holistic approach to school safety." CPS has a webpage which lists the 5 lead organizations who are working with CPS on engagement plus all the Community Engagement Dates, Times and Registration Information (the first meeting is tonight, Wed, Feb 3.) 

For more:

Block Club Chicago: West Side Violence Prevention Group Helping CPS Design Alternatives To Cops In Schools: 'A Whole Different Way Of Them Doing Things'

Sun-Times: CPS partners with 5 community groups to develop new safety alternatives to in-school officers


Special Education: 2 Upcoming Workshops + Transition Programs

1) Here’s a free workshop from Family Resource Center on Disabilities.

Six Principles of IDEA: Special Education Rights Seminar | Feb 6 | 10AM - 12PM | Register

2) Here’s a free workshop from one of our SPEACC (Special Education Advocacy Coalition of Chicago) partners, Special Education Attorney, Tracy Hartlieb.

Being Your Child’s Best Advocate: Special Education Rights for Students During the Pandemic

Feb 11 | 5:30-6:30PM | Register


If you or anyone you know has an adult child who has aged out of (or will soon age out of) CPS Transition Programs (or any IL school district transition program) at age 22 -- especially those who missed out on vital vocational training out in the Community due to Covid -- please give us your contact information via this form and we'll be in touch. Thanks. Please share. 



LSC Connection + Letters/Resolutions + Upcoming Trainings + OLSCR Meeting

  • If you are a LSC member and would like to connect to a larger group of LSC members from across the city, please email us: [email protected].
  • We have a Google folder where we are posting LSC letters and resolutions about the CPS reopening plan- there are 130 in the folder so far. These letters are worth a look- they are very nuanced and many express specific concerns and questions as they relate to their individual schools and as it relates to both in person and remote learners. If we are missing your letter, please email it to: [email protected]
  • Hope Center is offering several LSC Trainings during February. Details and registration here.
  • Session IX LSC Engagement Session with Myra Winding and The OLSCR Team
    • Hosted by CPS’ Office of Local School Council Relations (OLSCR)
    • Th, Feb 4 | 4PM | Register here by 3PM on Th, Feb 4 
    • Flyer : Why it's Safe To Reopen From A Health Perspective, presented by Dr. Ken Fox (CPS Chief Medical Officer) and Dr. Jennifer Seo (Chicago Department of Public Health)


LSC Summit 2021

The LSCs.4.ALL coalition decided to reschedule our annual LSC summit to Feb 27, 10AM-3PM. Please also note that we are adding additional time to the end of our Summit for an organizing plenary. 

Program of Events


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Pandemic Schooling This Week (So Far)

Here's some press which will tell the story of what’s happened since last we spoke...


And, hey! Is anyone talking about high schools??? Chalkbeat Chicago: Missing from Chicago’s reopening debate: high schools. ‘We are a forgotten group.’


Ways To Sound Off and/or Take Action


CPS’ “Ask The Expert” Sessions Continue

  • CPS FACE YouTube Channel- Ask The Expert session videos are here.
  • From CPS’ Family & Community Engagement (FACE):
    • Date: February 4, 2021, 4pm - 5pm
    • The Expert: Dr. Michael Deuser, Chief of college & career success. As chief of college and career success, Dr. Michael Deuser promotes social and economic mobility by ensuring that all CPS students have the guidance, support, and experiences necessary to earn valuable postsecondary credential and enter into fulfilling family-sustaining careers
    • Topic: Learn more about the college application crisis 
    • Click Here to RSVP (required in order to receive the invitation; they tend to not allow RSVPs after 3PM on the day of)


National Ed News + Standardized Testing Suspension: Send A Letter


Data Privacy Survey

The Parent Coalition for Student Privacy is researching which ed tech apps schools are asking students to use , and whether they are sufficiently protective of their privacy. Blog + link to survey here


In Other News

WTTW: As CPS Talks Continue, Some Suburban Schools Reopen

Sun-Times: Manford Byrd Jr., former CPS superintendent, dies at 92

Chalkbeat Chicago: I’m a Chicago teacher headed back to campus. I’m just as confused as you are. (First Person piece from a CPS teacher.)


Upcoming Event

Toward A New Agenda for Public Education: Recommendations To The Biden Administration

With Diane Ravitch

Hosted by DePaul College of Education

Wed, Feb 10 | 5:30-6:30PM CST | Register | Flyer


Wondering about the “Like Sands Through The Hourglass” reference? :) 

Days of Our Lives, a soap opera.


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