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Small Schools Network

The Small Schools Network creates and uses small schools and professional development as avenues to increase student achievement, improve teacher morale and professionalism, and build relationships between stakeholders. The network conducts the Teacher Leadership Academy which uses experienced small school teachers to work with aspiring small school teachers and teacher-directors to help them realize their own visions for small schools.

Greater student-to-student connections are addressed through lessons in listening, sensitivity training, mediation, and peer mentoring and tutoring. The Teacher Leadership Academy actively fosters partnerships between schools as well as increased collaboration between scholars, researchers, and practitioners. Network schools are working to increase parental and community involvement in efforts to establish a broader teaching and learning community.

Schools: Academy of Communications & Technology (ACT Charter),
Connections (Piccolo School), Education in Action
(Douglass Middle School), Generations Global
(Piccolo School), Great Expectations (Piccolo School)
Hearst Higher Learning Center (Hearst School), Jemison
Academy (Esmond School), Mason 21 (Mason Elementary School),
Mason SOAR (Mason Elementary School), Nia School
(Creiger Multiplex), Peace School (Spry Community School),
Perspectives Charter Middle School, SCOPE (Whitney School),
Telpochcalli, Wells Preparatory Academy (Phillips High School)

External Partner: Small Schools Workshop

Grant Award: $1,056,162 (First funded December 1995)


Contact Person: Olivia Mulcahy and Susan Klonsky
Small Schools Workshop
115 South Sangamon Street, First Floor
Chicago, IL 60607
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South Shore African Village Collaborative

The Local School Development Team of the South Shore African Village Collaborative primarily drives all professional development activities for teachers in network schools. Professional development for principals is aligned to develop more collegial relationships between teachers and principals. Professional development topics include school leadership, team building, parent and community involvement, developing thematic units, instructional strategies, strategic planning, and distance learning and teleconferencing.

Schools: Bradwell School, Bryn Mawr Main, Coles Model for
Excellence School, Madison School, Mann School,
O’Keeffe School, Parkside Community Academy
Powell Elementary School, Revere Accelerated School

External Partner: Coalition for Improved Education in South Shore

Grant Award: $992,500 (First funded December 1995)


Contact Person: Marie Cobb
Coalition for Improved Education in South Shore
1809 East 71st Street
Chicago, IL 60649
(773) 684-6070
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Stone Soup: The Multicultural Literacy Network

Focusing on literature appropriate for diverse student bodies, schools in the Stone Soup Network emphasize comprehensive approaches to literacy as their route to increased achievement for all their students. Network schools utilize restructured days and implement programs to provide regularly scheduled time each month for all teachers to work together. Through the Hug-a-Book program, schools in this network are offered creative, multicultural books that teachers select to form classroom lending libraries. Staff development meetings focus on integrating multicultural books into all areas of the curriculum and developing reading and writing activities from them. The goal is to create a climate of multicultural literacy within and between the network schools.

Schools: Marconi Community Academy, Ruiz School, J. Ward School


External Partner: Hug-a-Book


Grant Award: $335,000 (First funded June 1996)


Contact Person: Roosevelt H. Roberts
Dawson Skills Center
3901 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60609
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Teaching and Learning for the Twenty-first Century (TL-21)

This network focuses on curriculum innovation, professional development, and parent and community involvement to improve network schools. TL-21 schools are implementing a project-based curriculum focusing on the multiple intelligences of students. With the use of school-wide curricular themes, the network aims to unify the curriculum and connect content from grade to grade. Schools in TL-21 use art and music instruction and physical education to reorganize the classroom structure and create common planning time for teachers.

Schools: Ariel Community Academy, Price Elementary School,
W. Sullivan Elementary School

External Partner: Kohl Children’s Museum

Grant Award: $600,000 (First funded March 1998)


Contact Person: Kathleen Burke, Director of Education
Museum of Science and Industry
57th Street and Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637-2093
773/684-9844 Ext. 2412
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Technology for Integration on the East Side
(T.I.E.S.) Partnership

The T.I.E.S. Partnership develops and implements strategies that enable students to better understand, interpret, and evaluate information through the use of technology and the arts. Faculty members from National Louis University, the external partner, convene with artists and technological consultants to form a Resource Cadre. Teachers from network schools attend art and technology workshops led by the Resource Cadre where they develop an integrated curriculum unit to be used in their classrooms. After School Access Academies are also offered where students and parents engage in computer technology training and gain experience using technological resources.

Schools: Hawthorne Scholastic Academy, Healy School,
Lincoln Elementary School,
M. Sheridan Mathematics and Science Academy

External Partner: National Louis University

Grant Award: $740,135 (First funded December 1997)


Contact Person: Tammy Steele
2124 Dayton
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 654-2243
E-mail: tsteele773@aol.com
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Urban Imagination Network

The Urban Imagination Network strives to improve student reading comprehension in the content areas of science and social studies by engaging students in the creation of museum-style exhibits. The project uses a structure that involves individuals within and among schools to utilize the reading process as a way of gaining and organizing information just as the museum curator researches and then displays knowledge. Museum partners connect schools to the content that is embedded in students’ texts. Network schools partner with a different museum every year to establish school-museum linkages for students, teachers and parents and to increase the use of museum-based approaches to teaching. Parents work with museum partners and are trained as docents for the museums. Workshops offered at network schools have focused on effective parenting, helping children read and developing museum connections. The network sponsors teacher development retreats and training opportunities.

Schools: Corliss High School, Dewey Academy of Multicultural Studies,
Hope Community Academy, Locke School, Suder School,
Terrell Elementary School

External Partner: Imagine Chicago

Grant Award: $1,200,000 (First funded December 1995)


Contact Person: Bliss Browne
Imagine Chicago
35 East Wacker, Suite 1522
Chicago, IL 60601
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West Pullman Elementary Network

The West Pullman Elementary Schools Network is a group of ten schools in the West Pullman community of the far southeast side of Chicago. Chicago United and the Teachers Academy of Mathematics and Science (TAMS) have partnered to design and implement the Comprehensive School Development Process, a community development and school restructuring initiative. The initiative will help develop a learning community in West Pullman, improve teaching and learning in the schools and spark economic revitalization in the area.

Schools: Brown Academy, George Curtis Elementary School, Gompers Fine
Arts Option School, Higgins Community Academy, Metcalfe
Community Academy, Owens Community Academy, Songhai
Learning Institute, West Pullman School, Whistler Elementary School,
White School


External Partner: Teachers Academy for Mathematics and Science and Chicago United


Grant Award: $180,000 (First funded December 1999)


Contact Person: Lourdes Monteagudo
Teachers Academy for Mathematics and Science
3424 South State Street
Chicago, IL 60616
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West Town Learning Network

The West Town Learning Network has a goal of increasing student achievement through elementary schools that are restructured and better connected to the local high school. The network curriculum involves multiple disciplines that demand higher order thinking skills such as comprehension, design, analysis, and problem solving. "Vertical and Horizontal Teams" in English and Mathematics are established to examine current curriculum content and plan a curriculum across grades. Cross-school networking involving teachers, students and parents is fostered at "Community Saturdays" and network-wide events that provide opportunities for information sharing and skill development.

Schools: Lozano Bilingual and International Academy, Otis School,
Peabody School, Wells Community Academy High School


External Partner: Chicago Teachers’ Center


Grant Award: $525,000 (First funded September 1998)


Contact Person: Wendy Stack
Chicago Teachers’ Center
770 North Halsted Street, Suite 420
Chicago, IL 60622-5972
312/733.7330 Ext.430
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Whirlwind ArtsLab Network

Using an arts-centered curriculum as the medium for improving instruction, the Whirlwind ArtsLab Network focuses on improving instruction particularly in language arts and reading. Art-integrated training is provided for parents, career service and administrative staff. Artists attend common planning meetings with teachers and offer support in the classroom, and alternative learning assessment tools are being explored and utilized.

Schools: Carson Elementary School, Goodlow Magnet School,
Kinzie Elementary School

External Partner: Whirlwind

Grant Award: $1,001,209 (First funded March 1997)


Contact Person: Karl Androes
65 East Wacker Place, Suite 1110
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 357-9463
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Woodlawn School/Community Network

Using a development model for school reform, the Woodlawn School/Community Network supports successful transition for students from elementary to middle to high school. The long-term goals of this network are to significantly increase student performance in all grade levels, to develop a personalized competency based K-12 curriculum and to integrate families and the Woodlawn community into the educational process. Team-teaching an integrated curriculum, monthly parent meetings, and the use of technology as a tool to support learning are all hallmarks of this network.

Schools: Dumas School, Harte Elementary School,
Hyde Park Career Academy High School,
McCosh School, Wadsworth School

External Partner: Roosevelt University

Grant Award: $924,700 (First funded December 1995)


Contact Person: George Olsen
Roosevelt University
College of Education
430 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605-1394
(312) 341-3706

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Implementation Grants Completed June 2001
Leadership Development Grants
Breakthrough Schools Initiative
Additional Grants
Grants Completed by June  2000
Additional Grants Completed by June 2000
List of Chicago Public Schools
Participating 1995-2001
List of Networks and External Partners
Participating: December 1995 – June 2001

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