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Eleanor Foundation Awards $1.2 Million to Innovative Programs Serving Women in Chicago

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) May 19, 2011

The Eleanor Foundation, a research-driven grant-maker focused on promoting the economic self-sufficiency of female heads-of-households, today announced $ 1,271,000 in grants to eleven Chicago-area nonprofit organizations offering programs that help women advance in the workplace and achieve sustained economic independence.

The grants support and develop the Eleanor Network, a citywide system of organizations and programs with which the Eleanor Foundation is collaborating in order to address the needs of female heads-of-households with incomes between $ 10,000 and $ 40,000.

“More than 330,000 households in the Chicago region are headed by working women who earn less than a livable wage, making an average income of $ 19,000 per year,” said Rosanna A. M

Chicago Concierges Take Home Three National Awards

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 1, 2006

Concierge Preferred (CP) secured its third consecutive International Partner of the Year award, while Director of Concierge Relations and Services, Joyce Fong, won her first Concierge Outstanding Service award. The NCA further acclaimed Chicagos concierge community by granting the Chicago NCA Chapter its third Best Chapter award.

The NCA Chicago Chapter President Sheryl Novak, along with the Chicago Board of Directors, nominated CP and Fong for the awards, touting Fongs exceptional level of dedication to the industry and her clients.

Her commitment not only to the NCA, as well as the Chicago chapter, but also her commitment to the profession of concierge is second to none, Novak says. We are very proud to give her that award.

Novak continues to commend CPs extensive coverage of Chicago-area venues and corporations and its readiness to assist concierges.

From hosting one of the most popular concierge events of the year (the CP Convention & Trade Show), introductions to new venues and to tools to make our jobs easier right at our finger tips within their interactive Website, CP finds ways to be of service to concierge in every area that our membership has chosen to work incorporate, retail, hospital, residential, personal, hotel, as well as the small business owner, says Novak.

CPs widespread assistance to the concierge community helped place the Chicago Chapter among the nations best at the annual conference, says Sara-Ann Kasner, NCA president and founder.

The NCA awarded this honor, for the 3rd consecutive year, to Concierge Preferred Magazine due to its level of activity in the National Concierge Association, the superior quality of its product which a majority of our members are pleased to share with their clientele, and its generosity in providing revenue to the association and involvement in the hospitality community at large, Kasner says.

CP President & Publisher Tim OMalley and Joyce Fong represented CP at the New Orleans, LA convention.

Receipt of this award for the third consecutive year speaks not just to our commitment to excellence, but to our ability to consistently serve concierges and their clients, OMalley says.

In the know and on the go captures the essence of CPs mission. It is published six times annually by the OMalley-Magnusson Publishing Group, LLC. All of the businesses listed in Concierge Preferred are reviewed by the Concierge Advisory Council to ensure that the businesses are worthy of a concierges recommendation.

For additional information on the National Concierge Association, please contact Sheryl Novak at 312-893-1084. For further information about Concierge Preferred log on to http://www.conciergepreferred.com or call (312) 360-1770.

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Benito Juarez Academy (CPS) in Chicago Celebrates Juarez Unido Renaissance Fair

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 22, 2006

The students and teachers enjoyed a celebration of the first day of Juarez Unido Day at Juarez Academy, a Chicago Public School. Encouraging students to join school clubs and expand their academic and professional visions. Balloons, music and food for everyone.

The first day of Juarez Unido Day is called the Renaissance. Juarez Unido Day is a homeroom day when school is scheduled for a half day schedule once a month. During the second part of the half day students work with their homeroom teachers on test preparation and other activities to give academic direction to the students. Homeroom, or Division as it is called in other CPS schools, is the class where enrollment and attendance are taken as well as the distributed of other pertinent material and information for the students. The time length of homeroom during regular schedule is approximately 15 minutes.

The school was decorated festively with ribbons and balloons all over the patio and cafeteria. There was free soda pop and food for the students outside on the patio. There was even a disc-jockey ready with good music to hear that all the students enjoyed. In the center of the cafeteria inside the building was a large cluster of tables with school clubs that students could join. The displays where beautifully set up and many student volunteers were available to help students decide what clubs were best suited to them. One of the purposes of the Renaissance Day is to encourage students to get involved in school activities and programs.

Juarez Academy is a High School that is part of the Chicago Public Schools. The school celebrates with pride the ethnic background of the Hispanic community. Not far from Jaurez Academy is the Mexican Museum of Fine Art which works closely with the school offering diverse programs for the students as well as a cultural out reach for the community.

There are approximately 1,600 students at Juarez most of which are of Hispanic heritage. The students are polite, courteous, and well mannered. Often you are offered food and drink by students at this event to make you feel part of the community. The spirits in the school runs high this time of year when students come back and see their friends and prepare to study.

Over the years Juarezs scholastic standing has been on the rise due to the vision of their Principal, Mr. Natividad Loredo. Together with his Assistant Principals: Dr. Carmen Cruz, Dr. Richard Gelb, and Mr. Juan Ocon, Juarez students are scoring higher on standard achievement tests, higher on grades, and higher on college entrance. Further, working with Mr. Manuel Medina, Officer of Languages and Culture of the Chicago Public Schools, the school has become a center for cultural events, social enrichment, and learning.

Stephen F. Condren ~ Artist

Stephen F. Condren, an educator with Chicago Public Schools, is on the President’s Circle of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and a long-standing member of the Council. He speaks German, Spanish, and Japanese and has traveled extensively all over the world dedicating himself to the cause of World Peace and Multi-Cultural awareness. Mr. Condren is one of the countrys leading landscape painters and owner of Condren Galleries Ltd., located on Michigan Avenue, downtown Chicago. Mr. Condren is recognized in Who’s Who in American Art.




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Moshe Safdie Speaks to the Chicago Public Schools

Chicago (PRWEB) November 8, 2006

On Saturday, November 4, 2006 internationally recognized architect Moshe Safdie addressed High School students from the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and suburban schools at the Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF). Mr. Safdie was brought in from Cambridge, Massachusetts to speak at the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies for the Humanities Festival here in Chicago. The CAF quickly took advantage of this opportunity and made arrangements for Mr. Safdie to speak to the students enrolled in their program “Saturday in the Studio” which is designed to give local High School students advancement in architectural studies.

This program is designed for High School Students that are interested in pursuing architecture as a career and provides them with skills to help them in college. Each of the separate sessions focuses on different aspects of architecture such as: City Planning, Photography, Model Making, and Portfolio Design. Mr. Safdie spoke on City Planning.

The Chicago Architecture Foundation has made a concerted effort to work with the Chicago Public Schools in an architecture studies curricula project. This project entails the creation of a comprehensive three year Architectural Drafting lesson plan. Complimenting this plan is a text book that the CAF staff is writing and editing in conjunction with the faculty of the Chicago Public Schools. The program is administered through the Chicago Public School’s Education To Careers program (ETC) which is headed up by Jill S. Wine-banks, Officer of Education To Careers for the Chicago Public Schools.

Dorothy Chatfield a counselor at Juarez Academy (CPS) that works with the ETC programs has been a strong proponent of this join venture between the Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Architecture Foundation. Juarez Academy has one of the leading Architectural Drafting programs in the Chicago Public Schools system do to her vision. Natividad Loredo, Juarez Academy’s Principal, has had a long standing commitment to architecture at Juarez and has emphasized articulation of this kind for the Academy. Now test scores and grades at Juarez are higher because of ETC.

Mr. Safdie and his wife Michal were elegantly pickup up in a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow by faculty members of the Chicago Public Schools and personally escorted to the CAF. Upon arriving Mr. & Mrs. Safdie were warmly greeted by Krisann Rehbein, the Education Specialist for the CAF. Ms. Rehbein then introduced Mr. Safdie to other speakers and members of the program. The students were currently engaged when Mr. Safdie arrived.

Upon completion of their project Mr. Safdie was escorted to the podium by Krisann Rehbein and introduced him to the audience. Following the introductions Mr. Safdie started to speak on City Planning. He brought with him special slides depicting the development of City Planning and then spoke on how it has evolved to the present day. The students had just finished creating drawing for city plans thus tying together as a capstone the aim of the project. Mr. Safdie emphasized ethics in architecture as the vision for the future. At the close of his lecture students were invited to ask questions and did so with eagerness to learn. The day’s program was a rich and meaningful experience for all the students.

Images of the event can be seen at http://www.stephencondren.com/CPS/Safdie.html


Chicago Training Center Nov 10 Gala For At-Risk Inner City Youth Draws World-Class Speakers & Congressional Support: Hear U.S. Olympian Aquil Abdullah, Casey Foundation Fellow Azim Ramelize and Chicago Board of Ed Specialist Gregory Sain & Support Chicago’s Kids

CHICAGO (PRWEB) October 29, 2007

Web-Based Gradebook to be Implemented District-Wide at Chicago Public Schools

San Antonio, TX (PRWEB) April 22, 2008

Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the 3rd largest public school district in the nation, approved the adoption of a district-wide web-based gradebook on January 23rd. Beginning in the summer of 2008, Campusware’s GradeSpeed.NET software will be implemented at select campuses with deployment to all campuses in the district expected during the 2008-09 school year.

No school district as large as CPS has ever implemented an enterprise-wide electronic gradebook solution. As of the 2007-2008 school year, CPS has more than 600 schools and services about 409,000 students.

“The Campusware gradebook solution presents a great opportunity for us to significantly improve the user experience for our teachers,” said Robert Runcie, Chief Information Officer of Chicago Public Schools.

“In addition, it gets us to the next level where we will soon have a compelling proposition for engaging our parents.”

Campusware, based out of San Antonio, Texas, has been making the grading process easier with GradeSpeed since 1989. In addition to the gradebook software, additional modules are available to districts including: a parental access portal, discipline tracking, attendance, lesson plan management, custom report cards and more. Currently, GradeSpeed.NET version 4.0 is in use at hundreds of school districts in the United States and across the globe. http://www.gradespeed.net


Chicago Public Schools Expands Carnegie Learning Implementation : Forty-Four Schools, 12,500 Students Receiving Differentiated Math Instruction in Chicago Elementary and High Schools

PITTSBURGH (PRWEB) July 30, 2008

CPS also purchased Carnegie Learning’s Algebra I curricula for some eighth grade classes in 19 elementary schools across the District.

“Chicago has been an excellent proving ground for Carnegie Learning’s Algebra Readiness solution,” said Dennis Ciccone, Chief Executive Officer of Carnegie Learning, Inc. “The District is a model for change and improvement in the education of students in large urban districts, as we are very proud to be expanding our partnership to make a difference in these students’ futures.”

Chicago Public Schools is the nation’s third-largest school system and includes more than 600 schools serving 435,000 students. Chicago’s High School Transformation project, unveiled in September 2006 by CPS Chief Executive Officer Arne Duncan, is supported with $ 21 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The program is designed to strengthen schools with new, rigorous college preparatory curricula in English, math, and science. Initially, Carnegie Learning’s solutions were selected for eight schools, and over the last two years, CPS has consistently expanded the implementation of Carnegie Learning’s blended textbook and software solutions.

Carnegie Learning’s curricula are based on more than two decades of cognitive science research at Carnegie Mellon University studying how students think, learn, and apply new knowledge in mathematics. The instructional format prescribes three days a week of classroom instruction and two days a week in a teacher-supervised software lab environment. Carnegie Learning’s Cognitive Tutor

Boundless Readers/National-Louis University Target Latinos for Second Consecutive Year in The Big Read 2010, Chicago Style

Chicago (PRWEB) October 13, 2010

Boundless Readers and National-Louis University announced today that they will partner to bring The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) The Big Read to Chicago for the second consecutive year. Like last year, The Big Read 2010, Chicago Style will target Chicagos Latino community.

The Big Read 2010, Chicago Style is made possible by a grant from NEA. Chicago-based Boundless Readers was awarded the highly selective grant for a second consecutive year.

The Big Read 2010, Chicago Style focus book is Bless Me, Ultima, written by critically acclaimed Chicano author Rudolfo Anaya. Bless Me, Ultima will be presented to the Latino community in a number of engaging and exciting ways including a staged dramatization; book discussion groups throughout Chicago; a panel discussion; and a talk with the books author, Rudolfo Anaya.

Boundless Readers will conduct more than 100 book discussion groups in English and Spanish during October and November at Chicago public schools, Chicago Public Library branch libraries and other locations. Everyone is welcomed to join including parents, students, teachers, administrators and community members to explore Bless Me, Ultima in facilitated discussions. Boundless Readers is currently training members of its community partner organizations and CPS school teachers to facilitate the book discussions.

We are thrilled to once again receive NEAs grant for The Big Read, says Mary A. Hicks, Executive Director of Boundless Readers. The Big Read 2010, Chicago Style speaks to our mission to develop passionate readers. Working closely with schools and community organizations, The Big Read, 2010 Chicago Style engages adults in literature and by extension, in the reading lives of children. Parents and teachers are crucial role models for children to become lifelong readers, she adds.

National-Louis University is thrilled to be partnering with Boundless Readers once again as its library partner and co-sponsor of The Big Read 2010, Chicago Style, says Ana Maria Soto, Executive Director, Latino Initiatives for National-Louis University

According to Soto, The Big Read 2010, Chicago Style, is closely tied to NLUs landmark Proyecto Comunidad initiative to create the next generation of Latino school, civic and business leaders by strategically removing barriers often found on the path to higher education.

As the Latino population in Chicago continues to grow, our nation must persist in making education a top priority so that were better positioned to compete globally, says Soto.

The event partner for The Big Read 2010, Chicago Style is contratiempo nfp, a not for profit literary and publishing center whose mission is to highlight and promote the cultural identity and contributions of the Spanish speaking Latino population in the United States. This years bilingual events, include:

Benefit Express Awarded FSA Administration for Chicago Public Schools

Arlington Heights, IL (PRWEB) September 22, 2011

Benefit Express Services, LLC, a leader in providing benefits administration services for large, medium and small organizations, today announces it will be administering the Chicago Public Schools Flexible Spending Account reimbursement programs. Chicago Public Schools (CPS) awarded Benefit Express a 3-year contract to perform Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Administration for its more than 42,000 benefit eligible employees.

CPS was seeking a proven leader in benefits administration with strong fiscal responsibility and a flexible solution that could grow with them and increase FSA participation. Throughout their RFP process, CPS sought a consultative vendor with deep capabilities to provide expert service, backed by service level agreements, to rapidly implement an enhanced solution. Benefit Express was chosen based on their proven track record of outstanding customer service and year over year increased FSA participation for many clients.

Benefit Express provides CPS strategic consulting related to employee education and increased participation as well as enhanced self-service capabilities, such as:

Chicago Public Schools Selects Radiant RFIDs Virtual Asset Tracker

Austin, Texas (PRWEB) February 26, 2013

Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the nations third largest school district serving over 402,000 students, has selected Radiant RFID, LLC to implement Virtual Asset Tracker (VAT), the companys RFID-based enterprise asset management solution that will manage the school districts highly diverse and mobile inventory of more than $ 450 million in capital and controlled assets.

During the RFP process, Radiant proved to be the best suited among competitors to solve complex asset management challenges across many campuses and we look forward to working with them as we begin to implement the solution within Chicago Public Schools said Peter W. Rogers, Chief Financial Officer at Chicago Public Schools.

By automating data collection, RFID technology greatly reduces human effort and error. Radiant is currently working with Chicago Public Schools to replace its current bar code system with an RFID solution for approximately 100,000 assets at 200 campuses while upgrading data visibility district-wide. Radiants solution will ultimately encompass all 650+ campuses in the district.

VAT, a complete solution consisting of UHF Gen 2 RFID technology and Radiant software, will enable CPS to accurately report expected and exact locations of large numbers of mobile assets, including technology, video, AV and kitchen equipment, and furniture, instruments, and vehicles.

VAT automates detailed reporting of asset location and ownership. The solution will present this data in many formats to all CPS departments, including accounting and finance, information technology, property management, and administration. Users will be able to create custom reports and view system dashboards to make better decisions for the utilization of assets.

Kenneth Ratton, Radiant RFID Executive Vice President, said, Radiant’s solution is specifically targeted at customer like CPS with highly complex tracking problems, extremely large numbers of items, and diverse locations. Having successfully deployed customers such as FBI and Texas Department of Public Safety, covering millions of items worth billions of dollars, we are confident that CPS will realize the benefits of our end-to-end approach quickly.

Designed specifically for educators, Radiants K-12 Solutions encompass IT asset tracking, student attendance reporting, mustering, and bus ridership. They can be deployed as individual solutions or an integrated suite leveraging a single infrastructure investment.