The board has asked education deans from Chicago area universities to submit proposals for new alternative certification programs that could begin as early as next summer. So far, it has received three and approved one, a math/science program coordinated by Northwestern University. It also has blessed the existing Golden Apple Teacher Education program.
MOVING IN/ON Jobi Peterson, former executive director of the Mayer & Morris Kaplan Family Foundation, has joined the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club as educational policy analyst. She fills a vacancy left over a year ago when Elizabeth Evans left to become director of policy at the Illinois Facilities Fund. … Constance Yowell has joined the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as program officer in the Human and Community Development Program, where she will work on child and youth development, education and juvenile justice. … Philip Jackson, former chief of staff to Paul Vallas and former CHA director, is leaving his post as education advisor to the mayor to become president and chief professional officer of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago.
“Teachers lower expectations for students based on race, gender, income and appearance,” notes Jawanza Kunjufu, an educational consultant with Chicago-based African-American Images. “So a black male student from a low-income area who isn’t dressed neatly has many strikes against him.”
CAPE manages 19 long-term partnerships between 30 CPS schools and 150 artists and arts organizations. Similar programs have cropped up in more than 10 cities worldwide. Even celebrity actress Jane Fonda has tapped the group for help.