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WHAT IS GENERATION ALL?

Generation All is a citywide initiative to unite Chicagoans in revitalizing neighborhood public high schools so all students experience high quality learning opportunities both in and outside the classroom with the support of the wider community.

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OUR MISSION

Chicagoans United. Education Transformed. Generation All stems from a bold, yet simple vision: to unite Chicagoans in the revitalization of the neighborhood public high school, so that:

  • All students have access to an inspiring educational experience in a neighborhood school with the active support of the wider community.
  • All neighborhoods are grounded by high-quality schools—educational anchors that not only serve students, but also engage the community.
  • All students graduate and are well-prepared to become engaged, educated and capable adults—contributing to the vitality of our communities and city.

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WHY ARE WE HERE?

Opportunity gaps exist in Chicago schools, leaving many neighborhood public high school students without full access to the resources that are fundamental to their academic and personal development. For example, the percentage of CPS students who enroll in a four-year college varies significantly by the type of public high school they attended:

40%

OF ALL 2013 CPS GRADS, NOT INCLUDING ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL GRADS, ARE ENROLLED IN FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES

71%

OF ALL 2013 CPS SELECTIVE ENROLLMENT HIGH SCHOOL GRADS ARE ENROLLED IN FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES

29%

OF ALL 2013 CPS NEIGHBORHOOD HIGH SCHOOL GRADS ARE ENROLLED IN FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES

HOW DO WE ACCOMPLISH OUR MISSION?

A diverse steering committee has been assembled, comprised of education, community, civic and student leaders from across Chicago. This committee has been instrumental in leading a year-long planning process and engaging with the wider community in a public dialogue through work groups, focus groups, social media and a speaker series. An advisory council of local, national and international education experts has shared research and other resources to help guide the planning process. Midpoint through the planning process, Generation All provided small grants for Early Action Projects to support work that aligns with the goals of Generation All and that informed the program and policy recommendations included in the final plan.

Going forth, Generation All, together with its Partners and with support from the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union, will work towards implementing the ideas in the Action Plan.

PLANNING MILESTONES

2014

September: Steering Committee Kickoff Meeting

October: Community Dialogue & Speaker Series

2015

January-April: Community Dialogue & Speaker Series

September: RFP Release for Early Action Projects

November: Early Action Project Funds Awarded

2016

January-March: Plan vetted and finalized

April: Public Release of the Action Plan

June-December: Build the Generation All Partnerships and Implement the Action Plan