September 30, 2017 - 12 am
Chicago Public Schools, Network 7
4655 S. Dearborn Ave., Ste. 312, Chicago, IL 60609
“At CPS, our vision is that every student in every neighborhood will be engaged in a rigorous, well-rounded instructional program and will graduate prepared for success in college, career and life.
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PRIMARY CAUSE AREA(S) OF PROJECT: Human/Civil Rights, Education
– SJP Interns would have the opportunity to document and work with community stakeholders in two separate projects:
1. Race and Equity Toolkit: Chicago Public Schools is developing a Race and Equity plan to be used districtwide. Part of this plan involves the creation of a an R & E toolkit focusing on guidance for using an R & E lens for the district’s commitment statement, trauma resources and departmental strategic plans.
2. The creation and rollout of a school specific toolkit based on the SEL needs of four to seven schools and their surrounding community.
– There are roughly 4,300 students within the seven schools.
2,211 (51.77%) are male and 2,060 (48.23%0 are female.
97.28% of students are low income (F/R lunch).
.95% of students are living in a temporary situation.
1,710 students (40%) are English Language Learners (ELL).
673 of these students are diverse learners.
– Interns will work directly with CPS central office, school leaders, and CASEL (http://www.casel.org).
– Interns will:
• Attend school and community meetings • Help monitor progress of initiatives
• Get a bird’s-eye view of school/board policies and best practices
• Understand strategies for coaching school leaders and how to incorporate community voice into actionable decision making.
• Participate in implementation stage of Race & Equity work.
1) What clear, meaningful learning opportunities will be provided for the intern(s) to gain knowledge and perspectives about their own social identities as well as those from diverse populations?
We are a rapidly changing district. Historically, CPS students were predominantly African American. As Chicago’s populations have changed, so have our students yet our methods/ pedagogy remain the same. We hope interns will walk away from this experience with a strong sense of social awareness (http://www.casel.org/core-competencies) and a collective understanding of “La Villita” community.
2) How will your project help interns learn the systemic and structural needs of the marginalized communities and populations that your organization targets?
I will guide interns on the inner workings of their sites or the Race & Equity work. They will also receive tours of the neighborhood and possible trainings related to school sites and/or R&E.
3) What skills/tools will the intern(s) gain that will help them learn and practice working with diverse communities to change systemic and structural inequities? This can include civic/political exposure and engagement.
There are opportunities for interns to interact with a wide range of people both on the school side and the central office side. CPS is the second largest employer in Illinois. We are attempting to roll out policies that will impact the entire district. Interns could have a bird’s eye view of a large organization’s attempt at creating actionable social justice.
4) What consistent duties and/or tasks are associated with the project?
This varies based on the assignment.
5) Finally, please describe how the results of their project(s) will help the intern(s) understand the impact of their work within the community/population.
“I believe either setting would provide interns with a salient, honest experience working with communities that are directly impacted by policies that oftentimes stymie the most vulnerable – our students.
Working at a school site will provide authentic opportunities for meaningful experiences.
Working with the R&E committee will provide interns with a more tangible result at the close of their work, e.g. best practices, R&E plan, etcetera.”
HOW WILL SITE ORIENT INTERN TO ORGANIZATION’S MISSION?:
Oral History with E.D., Neighborhood Tour, Literature Review
HOW WILL SITE ORIENT INTERN TO TARGET POPULATIONS?:
Field-based Projects, Direct Service Delivery, Program Delivery, Community Group
SKILLS INTERN WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GAIN AT PLACEMENT:
Public Policy Research, Community Trainings, Research, Networking, Mentorship
REVIEW OF SYSTEMIC INEQUALITY BY:
Review of Public Policy, Community Interviews
Background Check, Drug Screening, Finger Printing, TB Test or Other, Initial Meeting, Driver’s License
TRANSPORTATION NEAR SITE:
CTA Pink Line, CTA Bus, Free Lot/Street Parking
SPECIFIC BUS/METRA INFORMATION:
Take Blue Line to Damen/ Transfer to North Ave #72 Bus or Take Green Line to Austin Transfer to Austin Ave #91 Bus
OFFICE HOURS & AVAILABILITY:
Monday 8am-5pm, Tuesday 8am-5pm, Wednesday 8am-5pm, Thursday 8am-5pm, Friday 8am-5pm
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