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We’ve harnessed the wisdom and energy of stakeholders throughout the city to realize our vision. Here are our ideas.
Welcome to Generation All
We have one goal: to unite Chicagoans in the revitalization of the neighborhood public high school experience.
Why are we here?
Generation All seeks to close opportunity gaps and ensure that all students have access to an inspiring educational experience in a top‑quality neighborhood high school.
How you can help
Chicagoans are uniting to revitalize neighborhood public high schools and center them as educational anchors for the surrounding community.
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What can our city and communities do to revitalize neighborhood public high schools so that ALL students experience a top quality education?



Generation All centers on the work of a steering committee of education, community, civic and student leaders from across Chicago. The committee will lead a year-long planning process to develop a vision and plan to ensure all students have access to top-quality neighborhood public high schools equipped with the tools, resources and spaces to serve as educational anchors in every community.

However, Generation All is more than just a steering committee. The education of Chicago’s children is a shared responsibility to ensure that all students reach their highest potential. We believe we can achieve this powerful goal only with the active participation of many. Visit our Action Plan to find out how Chicagoans united can revitalize our system of neighborhood public high schools.


Generation All’s steering committee will draft the community-owned vision and plan to support neighborhood public high schools and serve as key ambassadors of its implementation. Steering committee members include:



Nancy Aardema      
Executive Director, Logan Square Neighborhood Association

Jennifer Arwade
Co-Executive Director, Communities United

Karen Boran
John Hancock College Prep High School

Patrick Brosnan Executive Director, Brighton Park Neighborhood Council

Chris Brown
Director of Operations, SWOP

Vaughn Bryant
Executive Director, Chicago Literacy Alliance

Lynn Cherkasky-Davis
Director of Professional Learning, CTU Quest, Chicago Teachers Union

Ted Christians
Chief Executive Officer, UMOJA Student Development Corporation

Joy Clendenning
Raise Your Hand for IL Public Education

Kevin Gallick
George Washington High School

Meghan Harte
Executive Director,
LISC Chicago

Brenda Hernandez  
Portfolio Strategist, Mozilla Hive Chicago Learning Network



Joe Irizarry
Math Department Chair, John F. Kennedy High School

Victor Iturralde
Solorio Academy High School

Jennifer Johnson
Evaluation Policy Director,
Chicago Teachers Union

Gregory Jones
Kenwood Academy High School

Imran Khan
CEO and Co-Founder, Embarc

Michael Lach
Director of STEM Policy and Strategic Initiatives, University of Chicago Urban Education Institute

Rebecca Levin
Strengthening Chicago’s Youth

Sarah Makela
Executive Director, GROWCommunity

Jessica Marshall
Director, Dept. of Social Science & Civic Engagement,
Chicago Public Schools

Alan Mather
Chief Officer, Office of College and Career Success,
Chicago Public Schools

Ernesto Matias
Chief of Network 4, Chicago Public Schools


Mary Ellen Messner
Deputy Commissioner of Youth Services,
City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services

Melissa Mitchell
Executive Director,
The Federation for Community Schools

Michelle Morales
Executive Director, Mivka Challenge

Katya Nuques
Executive Director, Enlace (Little Village)

Cristina Pacione-Zayas
Puerto Rican Agenda

Danielle Parker
Center for Student Development, Chicago Urban League

Mary Ann Pitcher
University of Chicago Network for College Success

Rita Raichoudhuri
Wells Community Academy High School

Andrea Saenz
First Deputy Commissioner,
Chicago Public Library

Nouha Shwehdi  
Chief of Staff,
After School Matters

Audrena Spence
Executive Director, Metropolitan Family Services Calumet





An advisory council will guide the work of Generation All throughout the planning process. Comprised of local, national and international education experts, the advisory council seeks to ground the initiative in research and best practices and ensure both the development and implementation of a sustainable and dynamic citywide effort. Members include:



Janice Jackson 
Chief Education Officer, Chicago Public Schools

Fred Frelow
Senior Program Officer, Ford Foundation

Karen Lewis
President, Chicago Teachers Union

Patricia Gandara
Research Professor and Co-Director, The Civil Rights Project at UCLA, UCLA Graduate School of Education




Terry Mazany
CEO & President, The Chicago Community Trust

Pedro Noguera
Distinguished Professor of Education, University of California, Los Angeles

Jeannie Oakes
Presidential Professor Emerita in Educational Equity, University of California, Los Angeles



Charles Payne
Frank P. Hixon Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration

Warren Simmons
Executive Director; Assistant Clinical Professor, Master’s Program in Urban Education Policy, Brown University, Annenberg Institute for School

Rebecca Wolfe
Program Director, Pathways Through Postsecondary, Jobs For the Future



Generation All was founded in 2013 in partnership with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU). It is an initiative of The Chicago Community Trust, with funding from the Ford Foundation.