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In Chicago, Education on September 24, 2012 at 12:01 am


Here’s the follow up to my picture from last week (of the Med on 57th) supporting their striking teachers.  Those shows of support are incredibly well-recieved, and kudos to the teachers at Ray for reciprocating.


September #Edu Events in Chicago – CTU/CPS, Tough/Kotlowitz, Kozol

In Chicago, Education on September 9, 2012 at 7:27 pm

Obviously, the big news in Chicago right now is the ongoing contract negotiations between the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union.  Hopefully, this will be resolved in a way that all parties can feel good about before the end of the day.

In case there is no resolution to the negotiations (and a strike is called), there will be a CTU rally on Monday at 3:30pm outside the CPS central administration building (125 Clark Street).  The Labor Day CTU rally was an impressive show of solidarity.

There’s also an interested #edu literary event on tap for Monday night, as Alex Kotlowitz will be interviewing Paul Tough on his new book “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character“, at the Chicago Public Library (6pm).  Tough’s acclaimed book on the Harlem Children’s Zone (“Whatever it Takes“), treaded the edges of being a hagiography, but was very insightful in places, so I’m looking forward to seeing how he approaches the “culture” based charter school movement (Kipp, Noble, etc.).  I’ve always been impressed by Kotlowitz, so it will be interesting to hear him in a mostly education-focused setting.

In an even bigger treat, on the 27th of September at Northwestern’s Law School, Jonathan Kozol will be speaking about his latest book “Fire in the Ashes: 25 years among the poorest children in America“.  I had the pleasure of hearing Kozol a few years ago at uchicago, and am looking forward to seeing him again.

Let me know if there are other #edu events in September to keep an eye on.