Beatriz Ponce de León
Generation All Announces More than $500,000 in Grants
to Create Opportunities for Chicago’s Neighborhood Public High Schools
16 collaborative projects throughout the city to receive funding:
teacher & principal development, digital learning, discipline policy reform, career skills, community and school partnerships and more
CHICAGO – October 26, 2015 – Generation All today announced that it has awarded 16 grants totaling $515,000 to organizations, high schools and universities working to increase opportunity for students in Chicago Public Schools. Projects supported by this funding are estimated to benefit more than 5,500 students throughout the city, and to help create conditions for neighborhood public high schools to function as vital community anchors.
The grants are the first ever awarded by Generation All, a citywide initiative to unite Chicagoans in the revitalization of neighborhood public high schools so that all students experience top quality learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom.
Generation All was founded in partnership with Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union and has expanded to a include a 40 member steering committee comprised of students, educators (including principals and teachers), community and civic leaders representing both public and private agencies, university and college faculties and centers, and representatives of philanthropic organizations. Generation All is an initiative of The Chicago Community Trust, with major funding and support from the Ford Foundation.
“These grants were designed not to simply support pre-existing programs or fill in holes from budget cuts, but to usher in a new way of working in education,” says Beatriz Ponce de León, executive director of Generation All. “We believe it is important to support projects that prioritize collaboration among a variety of stakeholders and increase opportunities for all students across the system, especially those in our neighborhood public high schools.”
Projects chosen to receive funding include efforts to integrate digital learning and technology to reduce the digital divide; to implement SB100, the state legislation mandating reform to school discipline policies that create racial disparities; to help students experience more successful transitions from middle into high school, to create feeder patterns to neighborhood public high schools; and to provide skills that will help young adults succeed beyond secondary education.
The following organizations received grants:
Planning Award Recipients
Chicago Public Schools: $25,000
Will plan a senior seminar curriculum so students at schools without external post-secondary services will receive support around applying to college and securing financial aid.
Convergence Academies, an initiative at Columbia College’s Center for Community Arts Partnerships: $25,000
Will develop a plan to expand Digital Ateliers for deep and engaged learning to two additional neighborhood high schools. Open to every student in a school, the Digital Atelier model provides extensive professional development and out of school time opportunities to students, integrating digital media and technology into school curriculum, instruction, and learning.
Communities United: $25,000
Will provide youth leadership development and strategic planning to implement Senate Bill 100, the state legislation aimed at reforming school disciplinary practices and reducing racial disparities at the school and city levels. This work is in partnership with Steinmetz College Prep and Foreman High School.
Gads Hill Center: $15,000
Southwest Organizing Project: $15,000
Will work in partnership on a plan to improve the transition between nearby middle schools and Gage Park High School, by leading a community-driven planning process to strengthen the feeder patterns and support students.
Will enable the LISC Quality of Life planning efforts in both Auburn Gresham and Englewood to form and engage strong education committees as part of both communities’ planning processes.
Logan Square Neighborhood Association: $25,000
Will define strategies to expand career pathways programs in nursing, IT, bilingual education teaching and social justice. LSNA will partner with Loyola University’s language and literacy supports at Kelvyn Park High School.
Loyola University Chicago: $25,000
Will convene a group that will plan integration of cultural institutions into classroom instruction at Kelly High School, producing a model for partnership among other schools, community partners and cultural institutions.
Schools That Can: $25,000
Will support Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) for principals of public, charter and Catholic schools focused on deeper learning. The funding will enable expansion beyond the current programs for Sullivan and Kenwood Academy high schools.
Implementation Award Recipients
Brighton Park Neighborhood Council: $50,000
Will widen and strengthen an education coalition on Chicago’s southwest side to help improve transitions from middle to high school, support career and college pathways for seniors, and advocate for a local equitable funding formula. This work will connect Kelly, Kennedy and Curie High Schools.
Will expand programs thatcombat social isolation by providing experiential learning field trips and social and emotional learning for students at Fenger and Manley high schools.
Will continue the coalition-building work of the Little Village Education Collaborative with the goals of increasing enrollment in five Little Village high schools, creating more resources for the community, and supporting post-secondary transitions.
Grow Community: $50,000
Will implement the 5 Essentials system of school improvement across 18 schools on the north side and increase enrollment in the neighborhood public high schools, Amundsen and Lake View.
Network for College Success: $30,000
Will offer leadership development for principals from 14 Chicago neighborhood high schools and promote cross-school learning.
University of Illinois-Chicago: $50,000
Will convene a teacher-to-teacher network of 40 teachers from multiple neighborhood public high schools to implement the Next Generation Science Standards through increasing teacher leadership capacity.
Umoja Student Development Corporation: $30,000
Will expand implementing restorative justice practices at Hope High School in the Englewood Community and include its faculty in Umoja’s professional learning community.
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About Generation All
Generation All is a citywide initiative that aims to unitecommunities and Chicago as a whole in creating a plan to ensure top-quality neighborhood public high schools that support students’ personal development and learning, both in and out of the classroom. Generation All’s initial work centers on a deep, collaborative one-year planning process informed by robust community dialogue. Founded in 2013 in partnership with Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union, Generation All is an initiative of The Chicago Community Trust, with funding from the Ford Foundation.
About The Chicago Community Trust
The Chicago Community Trust, our region’s community foundation, partners with donors to leverage their philanthropy in ways that transform lives and communities. Since our founding in 1915, the Trust has awarded approximately $2.3 billion in grants to thousands of local and national nonprofits, including $164.5 million in 2014. Throughout our Centennial year, the Trust will celebrate how philanthropy in all its forms – time, treasure and talent – strengthens our region and impacts the lives of others in countless ways.