By TONIA HILL
University of Chicago’s (U. of C.) non-profit organization UChicago Impact will be partnering with the Chicago Public Education Fund on its fifth Summer Design Program (SDP).
SDP is a professional development opportunity that offers school teams space, time and expertise to design policy around their most pressing matters. Since it was launched in 2013, educators from 140 Chicago public schools have participated in SDP.
This year, UChicago Impact will work alongside Sensible Innovation and National SAM Innovation Project to engage with educators from upwards of 50 school teams to address challenges related to scheduling, time management, and school culture climate.
School leaders working with UChicago Impact will receive leadership coaching and small group collaboratives to improve their school’s environment with the 5Essentials framework. The 5Essentials is an evidence-based system designed to drive improvement in schools nationwide through five different areas: Effective Leaders, Collaborative Teachers, Involved Families. Supportive Environment, and Ambitious Instruction.
The system measures changes in a school organization through its survey, predicts school success through scoring and provides individualized reports to schools, districts, and parents, and community partners. As well as training for school leadership.
UChicago Impact is a not-for-profit organization that is dedicated to creating an evidence-based profession in K-12 education. UChicago Impact provides tools that are designed to improve teaching, learning, and leadership nationwide.
Applications are open for the SDP and are due by Friday, March 24.