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Reflections on the CTU March by Rachel Kulikoff

On Sunday, I took two buses, going west and south from Hyde Park for the first time since I’ve been a student at the University of Chicago. I was going to a leg of the three-day march organized by the Chicago Teacher’s Union. On the surface, this march was to protest the massive closing of […]

A Letter to the Campus and Chicago Communities

To the Greater Campus and Chicago Communities: After weeks of serious discussion and deliberation, we are saddened to announce the formal disaffiliation of the Students for Education Reform chapter at the University of Chicago.  While this was by no means an easy decision, we believe it to be the best for us and the future […]

Spring Quarter Discussion- Gifted Policy led by Dr. Rosina Gallagher (4/11/2013)

For our first discussion of spring quarter, we invited Dr. Rosina Gallagher,President of the Illinois Association of Gifted Children, to present aboutcurrent education policy and gifted education. She explored the stigma tied togifted education, historical and current challenges facing these programs, andthe improvements needed to ensure that the kids achieve their full potential. First, Dr. Gallgher […]

SFER-UChicago Spring Retreat

Thanks to everyone who came out for our spring retreat last Saturday! We made an incredible amount of progress in defining our chapter goals and missions, as well as shaping our chapter identity. For those of you who couldn’t make it, here’s a short summary of things we discussed and plans we made! 1. Introduction: What Does […]

EdTalks: Rethinking School Closings

Though we had a discussion on school closings last quarter, there have been many developments in CPS since then, including a change of CEO, new list of rumored closings, and outside recommendations. Since the new list of schools slated for closings will be released on March 31st, we wanted to revisit this topic as it […]

Minutes from General Meeting on 1/24/13

Discussion Series We have sent out a Google Doc – if you have any ideas for topics, want to take charge of a discussion, or want to suggest a different format, please feel free to update the document! Also think about: A catchy name for the series – EdTalks? Ways to involve more of the […]

UEI Initiative Forges a Path to College Education for Impoverished Children

This piece can be originally found here. By Hamid Bendaas A new education initiative intends to target underprivileged youth in early childhood programs and forge a path to a college education. This past December, UChicago’s Urban Education Institute (UEI) and Ounce of Prevention, a Chicago non-profit aimed at providing early education opportunities for children in […]