March 6, 2017

The Fund Opens Applications for 2017 Summer Design Program

Expert partners will support up to 50 school teams 

CHICAGO – March 6, 2017 – Today, The Chicago Public Education Fund (The Fund) opened applications for its fifth Summer Design Program (SDP). The SDP is a unique professional development opportunity that offers school teams the space, time and expertise to design innovative solutions to some of their most pressing challenges. Since its launch in 2013, educators from 140 Chicago public schools have participated in SDP.

Each year, The Fund partners with three national or local organizations that serve as track leaders for up to 50 school teams. Track content changes annually, based on feedback from principals and teachers about the kind of support they need most.

In 2017, three SDP tracks will engage educators around Culture and Climate, Innovative Scheduling and Time Management.

  • Culture and Climate – Partner: UChicago Impact
    School teams working with UChicago Impact will focus on improving their school’s Culture and Climate (measured via the 5Essentials framework) with regular job-embedded coaching, small-group collaboratives and innovative tools and techniques.
  • Innovative Scheduling – Partner: Sensible Innovation
    School teams working with Sensible Innovation will design and implement uncommon yet practical solutions for organizing their talent, time, technology and space to help reach all students in their schools.
  • Time Management – Partner: National SAM Innovation Project (NSIP)
    Principals will work with NSIP to implement the celebrated SAM Process, including the TimeTrack and First Responder systems, to enable true instructional leadership. NSIP helps principals decrease their time spent on operational tasks and spend time where it really matters: in classrooms, with students.

Applications are due by March 24. The 2017 SDP will commence with a kickoff on May 17.