Our guest speaker for the January luncheon was Chicago Public Schools CEO, Dr. Janice K. Jackson, EdD.
As a former student, teacher, principal, network chief, and chief education officer, and now as chief executive officer, Dr. Janice K. Jackson has been immersed in Chicago Public Schools her entire life.
As CEO of the third largest school district in the country, Dr. Jackson is a forward-thinking educator who is focused on improving excellence, equity, and access to high-quality education in all CPS schools. Her efforts, along with those of Chicago’s dedicated teachers and principals, have propelled CPS students to record-breaking academic gains, and education experts across the country regard Chicago as a national leader in urban education.
At the event, Daniel Anello, Chief Executive Officer of Kids First Chicago (K1C) provided a brief overview of what initiatives Kids First and CPS have partnered together to accomplish. This included a new universal enrollment platform for CPS high schools. Previously there were 300 different high school applications and now there is one. In addition, they have worked together on the Annual Regional Analysis (ARA), a new unified fact base on all Pre-K to 12 students in Chicago Public Schools.
Dr. Jackson then presented her Five-Year Vision for CPS. The vision is a comprehensive, research-based roadmap that will strengthen the district’s commitments to academic progress, financial stability, integrity, and equity. After the update, Commercial Club chair Scott Santi and Dr. Jackson sat down and discussed her experiences during her time as CEO. She expressed the important role that communities and civic partners play in supporting the vision for CPS and its successful implementation.
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