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“Kindergarten Decision Wheel” #2017

In Art, Chicago, Education, photography on March 12, 2017 at 8:57 am

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“They Are Terrified To Be Away From Their Families”

In Chicago, Education, University of Chicago on March 2, 2017 at 5:28 pm

I was at a local public school this morning, as part of my day-job I’m the University’s person that supports local schools, and the principal asked if we can get her additional foreign language support for a group of refugee children that have recently joined the school community.

She, a no-nonsense CPS principal said, “They Are Terrified To Be Away From Their Families”, in a way that made me stop cold.

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#10Readings – May 15, 2016

In Art, Books, Chicago, Education, Events, Film, History, literature, music, news, University of Chicago on May 15, 2016 at 10:37 pm

Things I have Written

  1. Amplify Arts Conference | Voices UChicago
  2. 4 Events from 3rd Week | Voices UChicago

Books Recently Read (& Recommended)

3. The Big Short by Michael Lewis | The Financial System.  Run by honest geniuses.  Best of The Best.

4. Death from the Skies by Philip Plaitt | Clear Science Writing.  Lot of things to (not) worry about.

Found on the Internet

5. How Illinois Pays For Public Schools, $9,794 Vs. $28,639 | WBEZ |  unconscionable.

6. 2016: Age Of The On-Screen Black Superhero | Two years before #BlackPanther

7. Heads Up: More F-Bombs Being Dropped in Public, New Research Shows | It’s not just me.

8. ‘Normal America’ Is Not A Small Town Of White People | Demographics are changing, even if perceptions lag behind.

9. Columbia is first U.S. university to divest from prisons | Divestment movements remain a viable method to advance moral arguments

10. Oral history: Prince’s life, as told by the people who knew him best | One of many good stories about Prince published after his passing


Unsolicited Recommendations – January 2015

In Books, Chicago, Education, Events, Film, literature, music, Technology, University of Chicago on February 8, 2015 at 9:30 am


App –  Microsoft’s Outlook App for the iPhone is great (so far) for those of us who have to use exchange for our work-lives.  I get that it’s a rebrand of some technology that Microsoft bought, but from my point of view I’m less concerned about the app’s origin and mostly concerned w/ functionality.

Book – I didn’t read much in January, but I did enjoy* (with the caveat that “enjoy” is constrained to the genre, and the rules of the genre, thus a business book is always just an insight or two wrapped in a litany of stories that are an odd mix of poor decisions or common sense) Scaling Excellence:  Getting to more without settling for less.

Graphic Novel – Rob Rodi’s “Thor & Loki:  Blood Brothers” was a fun read.

Album –  I’m of the (advanced) age where “Sukierae” by Tweedy sounds good to me.

Documentary –  Two documentaries from Netflix that I enjoyed in January were: “Something Ventured” on American Venture Capitalism and the 3-D printing documentary “Print the Legend

Film –  Selma!  Powerful.

Articles – I don’t (yet) have a good method of tracking the best articles I’ve read online, but from memory, I enjoyed:  Next City’s profile of Derek Douglas (who happens to be my boss at UChicago), everything about this Humans of New York profiling a school in Brooklyn story,  and John Lewis’s take on Selma and its attendant controversies.

TV – PBS’s “Shakespeare Uncovered” is good.  The King Lear episode might make you rethink how original “Empire” is.   Also,  Star Wars: Rebels manages to channel the spirit of Star Wars in an enjoyable way.

Events/Speakers – You should try to see Cornel West in person.  He’s very present in his surroundings and engaged with his audience.  Also, if there are more events surrounding the School Project in Chicago, you should go.  Passionately committed people trying to figure out how to make education work in chicago (particularly after the school closings).

“Schools Closed”

In Chicago, Education, Events, Film, news, photography, University of Chicago on January 22, 2015 at 9:55 pm

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CPS #Dyett – Community Meeting – July 2014

In Chicago, Education, photography on August 3, 2014 at 10:58 pm

Some photos from Community Meeting at King HS re: Future of Dyett Academic Center
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Principal’s Office #photo

In Chicago, Education, photography on July 20, 2014 at 9:39 pm

Principal’s Office @ Murray Language Academy (Chicago)

Principal's Office

HP CAC @ The Beast (June 2014)

In Art, Chicago, Education on June 28, 2014 at 9:05 am

HP CAC @ The Beast (June 2014)
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Sara Spurlark Art #rayschool #CPS #hydepark #chicago

In Art, Chicago, Education on June 7, 2014 at 8:44 am

Very cool Graffiti art featuring Sara Spurlark that was unveiled at the most recent Hyde Park CAC meeting.  I know that Ray School has been going through some challenges of late, but hopefully they’ll find a great place for this art.  It’s important that our elementary schools keep connected to their history.

I wrote about Ms. Spurlark at the time of her passing.


Neighborhood Schools Fair 2013 #nsfair

In Chicago, Education on November 17, 2013 at 3:07 pm

I’m still very impressed by yesterday’s Neighborhood Schools Fair, kudos to the organizers for having the vision to believe that such an event could happen, and then having the gumption to make it happen.   Also, kudos to all the participants for showing their school pride and sharing all the great things that are happening in their schools.  I was glad to have been able to be a participant.