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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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Educator Spotlight

Educator: Kimeon Cruikshank

Educator: Kimeon Cruikshank

I am a Kindergarten Teacher at CICS Prairie. 

I was coming back from having worked overseas for 5 years and I wanted to find a position in which I could continue to use my ESL and Early Childhood Experience. I also wanted to find a community that reflected my background as well. 

I come from a family of educators. My mother, grandmother, and aunts and cousins are teachers. It’s always been one of the most important things you can do even if it’s not the most respected position. I also decided that I wanted to be a solution to what I saw (as a student) were the problems in education.

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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 year, 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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CICS: ChicagoRise (Lloyd Bond) Innovation Spotlight Video

CICS: ChicagoRise (Lloyd Bond) Innovation Spotlight Video

In honor of Black History Month, CICS is highlighting the latest Innovation Spotlight video showcasing ChicagoRise-the bold school model integrating identity-affirming pedagogy with a rigorous intentional curriculum.

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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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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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Voices: Larry Daniel

Voices: Larry Daniel

I have worked at CICS for over 13 years as a Facilities Manager and I have seen CICS improve tremendously. Part of my role is to maintain facilities and infrastructure at all our 14 campuses. 

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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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