The challenge of overcoming educational inequality in the United States can sometimes appear overwhelming, and great controversy exists as to whether or not elementary schools are up to the task. Can our elementary schools overcome existing social inequalities and initiate opportunities for economic and civic transformation for all children?
The Ambitious Elementary School is about our NKO and Donoghue campuses and illustrates our answer to this question. It details and examines the key components of our educational model, while also highlighting the incredible work of UChicago Charter teachers and leaders.
Notably, Tanika Island Childress, UChicago Charter's CEO, is highlighted in the book. Ms. Childress was instrumental in the design and early enactment of our elementary school model. Coincidentally, the release of the book in April 2017, coincided with Ms. Childress' return as the leader of our school.
The book was written by three UChicago researchers: Stephen Raudenbush, the Lewis-Sebring Distinguished Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Harris School and Chair of our partner organization, the Committee on Education; Lisa Rosen, Executive Director of the UChicago Science of Learning Center; and Elizabeth McGhee Hassrick, a former post-doctoral student at UChicago who is now an assistant professor at Drexel University.
Several copies of the book will be available at each campus for parents and staff to read.
For more information about the book visit The University of Chicago Press: http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/A...