ACADEMY COMES TO CPS The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is slated to open a Chicago field office at Doolittle Middle School, as early as this summer or early fall. The office will offer programs for middle and high school students interested in math and science, including family and community-based programs, as well as programs for teachers. Keshia Osley, an Academy staffer who works as a liaison with the Illinois Virtual High School, will become the full-time coordinator for the satellite office. Two other staffers, Michelle Kolar, executive director for professional field services, and Kazi Joshua, coordinator of enrollment management for multicultural development, will work part-time at Doolittle. The venture is funded by the state and private organizations, including the Polk Bros. Foundation. The Academy will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 4 and an open house on May 23.
AMBASSADORS IN EDUCATION AWARD Pat Jonikaitis, a teacher at Kellogg Elementary, is one of 25 national winners of the 2009 MetLife Foundation Ambassadors in Education award. The award is given to teachers who build partnerships between families and community organizations, promote conflict resolution and participate in community service work through their school. Jonikaitis brought a debate program to the school, oversees the school’s garden and coordinates after-school activities that include classes in cooking, ceramics, and yoga. She will receive a $5,000 grant for the school. Winners of the award are selected by a national panel of education and civic experts.