Education

Performance Incentives Announced for Chicago Principals

On Monday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) officials announced the formation of the Chicago Leadership Collaborative (CLC), a principal training and support program designed to ensure that every school has a highly effective leader who can drive the change needed to improve student achievement and graduate every student college and career ready. […]

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Blues Camp

On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, Jay Shefsky goes behind the scenes of a summer camp for kids dedicated to the Blues. The moment Nancy Rice heard about Fernando Jones’ Blues Camp, she knew it would be perfect for her grandsons, Peyton and Carlton McDowell. The Blues might not be the preferred music for most […]

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Race Study can Predict Ability to Remember Faces

Not being able to tell the difference between people of another race has typically been seen as a sign of racism. But the idea that “they all look alike” is actually something researchers have studied for decades. And social scientists say it may have more to do with the wiring in our brains than any […]

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CPS Back-to-School Initiatives

On Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard met to announce investments supporting CPS’ Back-to-School initiatives. “Excellence in education starts with excellent attendance, and the support CPS’ Back-to-School initiatives have received from our city’s business and community leaders confirms just how invested Chicagoans are in our students’ success,” said Mayor Emanuel. […]

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Camp TWIG

It looks like a typical summer camp but its mission is far from typical. On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, Eddie Arruza takes us to Camp TWIG in Winnetka where the kids not only have fun, but learn something important about each other. TWIG, which stands for Together We Influence Growth, began in 1966. It […]

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Epilepsy Epidemic

The University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory have collaborated to create sophisticated brain modeling technology to unravel the mysteries of epilepsy. Jay Shefsky has the story on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, in this month’s edition of Scientific Chicago. Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a […]

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Gay Etiquette

June is known as “Pride month” when the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community celebrates its accomplishments and progress. And as society opens up and becomes more accepting, a funny thing happens: awkward social situations. But there’s one man who’s trying to help navigate the joyful and sometimes painful process of interacting with each other. […]

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Assyrian Dictionary

The Oriental Institute Completes Ancient Project The gallery inside The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago is filled with ancient relics like the human-headed winged bull from Khorsabad. At 16 feet tall, it is arguably the most spectacular object in the Institute’s Mesopotamian collection. But it is in the small sun-baked clay tablets on […]

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Quinn Signs Historic Education Reform Legislation

Gov. Pat Quinn signed an historic education reform package on Monday morning. He was joined by leaders across the state to sign the legislation at Lexington Elementary School in Maywood, Illinois, hometown of one of the measure’s key legislative sponsors: Ill. Sen. Kimberly Lightford. On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, Sen. Lightford, along with Robin […]

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The New University of Chicago Library

At 7:00 pm on Chicago Tonight, we take a look at the brand new Joe and Rika Mansueto Library at the University of Chicago. This isn’t just any library– it contains a five-story basement with an automated storage and retrieval system. Order a book at a computer and a crane will automatically get it to […]

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Education Reform Bill Awaits Quinn’s Signature

An education reform bill that could dramatically change the way teachers negotiate their contracts has passed both the Illinois House of Representatives and the Senate, and is now awaiting Gov. Pat Quinn’s signature. The Illinois House passed the bill on Thursday, May 12, by a margin on 112-1. In the Senate, it passed 54-0. On […]

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Jean Claude-Brizard named new CPS CEO

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel named Jean-Claude Brizard the CEO of Chicago Public Schools this morning. Brizard resigned as the superintendent of the Rochester, N.Y. schools this afternoon after nearly three years there. Before coming to Rochester, Brizard worked in the New York City public school system for 21 years, moving from a junior high science teacher […]

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CPS Leadership Team Announced

Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel announced the Chicago Public Schools Leadership Team on Monday, April 18. For more information on each of the members, read below. CPS Senior Leadership Jean-Claude Brizard, Chief Executive Officer Jean-Claude Brizard is Superintendent of Schools for the Rochester City School District. Under his leadership, the district’s graduation rate increased and student scores […]

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Teacher Contract Reforms

A number of education reforms were proposed in the Illinois Senate yesterday, many of which could dramatically change the way teachers negotiate their contracts. Here is a summary of the reforms: – Outside of Chicago, education administrators will consider a teacher’s average performance evaluation before laying them off. Years of service will be the tie-breaker […]

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What To Do This Weekend: 4/7-4/9

Here are some suggestions from Chicago Tonight on weekend events to attend around town: Dance Mansion: Learn to dance at Dance Day at Cheney Mansion with Winifred Haun & Dancers. All ages and experience levels are welcome to come learn to dance a “Bento.” If you’d rather watch than participate, the afternoon will include two […]

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