CICS Blog

Educator Spotlight

Educator Spotlight: Kelly Pollack

Educator Spotlight: Kelly Pollack

I have been a teacher at West Belden for 17 years.  For most of my time here, I have taught 1st grade (thirteen years), 2nd grade (two years), and now I am in my second year of co-teaching and mentoring a  3rd  / 4th grade team.

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Partner Spotlight

Partner: Accenture

Partner: Accenture

Accenture is a global management consulting and professional services firm that provides strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations services. Partnering with CICS for 10 years, Accenture supports a mentoring program that provides CICS students with exposure to career fields and guides them to make informed decisions about college after high school graduation and their career going forward. As part of the program, an Accenture employee is paired with a CICS Student for the duration of the school year.

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Chicago International Charter School (CICS) released the following statement on the end of the strike at four Civitas campuses

Chicago International Charter School (CICS) released the following statement on the end of the strike at four Civitas campuses

Chicago International Charter School (CICS) released the following statement on the end of the strike at four Civitas campuses

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From the community: Chicago International Charter School Launches Open Call for Education Entrepreneur Fellowship Program

From the community: Chicago International Charter School Launches Open Call for Education Entrepreneur Fellowship Program

Chicago International Charter School (CICS) has launched an Open Call for applications for the next cohort of its Education Entrepreneur Fellowship program. CICS' flagship innovation and incubation program, the Fellowship, supports education innovators by providing them with the tools, networks, and resources necessary to bring their innovative classroom and school model concepts from ideation to transformational impact.

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Voices Blog: Brandy Holton - CICS Irving Park

Voices Blog: Brandy Holton - CICS Irving Park

I’m a huge advocate of children having fun and feeling confident while learning! I love hands-on and highly engaging learning activities being taught in the classroom--this teaching style is what makes being a middle school science teacher exciting. As an educator, I’ve often wondered how to meaningfully incorporate these crucial components into my daily lesson plans.

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Voices: Jennifer (Jenn) Harth - CICS Prairie

Voices: Jennifer (Jenn) Harth - CICS Prairie

Every morning as I drive to Chicago’s south side to passionately carry out my heartwork in the Roseland community, deeply rooted in my spirit is a small part of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech.  The part of Dr. King’s dream where he hopes that his four children “will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”  On that warm, August day in 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., there was a call to action for justice and equity.  This call to action is what inspires me and what drives me as an educational leader in the city of Chicago.

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Join CICS Ralph Ellison, CICS ChicagoQuest and CICS Northtown at Their Upcoming High School Fair!

Join CICS Ralph Ellison, CICS ChicagoQuest and CICS Northtown at Their Upcoming High School Fair!

Come learn about academics, special programs, exxtracurriculars, admissions criteria, how to apply, and more!

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CICS to Host Free School Fair Saturday March 25th @ the Auburn-Gresham Gymnasium

CICS to Host Free School Fair Saturday March 25th @ the Auburn-Gresham Gymnasium

CICS will host its first ever network wide school fair on Saturday March 25th! If you are looking for free, quality school options in your neighborhood, come on out and meet us. The fair is free, and representatives from all 14 CICS campuses will be onsite. CICS campuses are tuition-free and open to all Chicago residents.

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