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February 23 2010 Biennial Recognition Ceremony and lecture by Jacqueline Edelberg!


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September 28, Wednesday, 6 pm. Friends of Blackstone Library and others present this season's first Despres Family Lecture. Jacqueline Edelberg, school turnaround expert, on her book "How to Walk to School, Bluebpint for a Neighborhood School Renaissance" with a panel that includes leaders of Friends of Ray School and Friends of Shoesmith. The evening will be moderated by Alysia Tate, COO of the Community Renewal Society. Formerly the editor and publisher of The Chicago Reporter, Tate is most recognized from her appearances on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight. 4904 S. Lake Park.

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Below: Herald preview of the recognition event. VFor more information about the event or to volunteer, call HPKCC at 733 288-83r3, email hpkcc@aol.com or chair Nancy Baum, or visit hydepark.org.

Jacqueline Edelberg, co-author with Ruth Kurland of "How to Walk to School, Blueprint for a Neighborhood School Renaissance" (about*) about the turnaround of Nettelhorst School on Chicago's North Side, will headline HPKCC School Committee's Biennial Award Ceremony and Public Forum on Schools and School Improvement

The program included light repast, awards for schools community and parent leaders, information and discussion on KPKCC, school issues and encouragement of vigorous and broad participation in the April 2010 local school council elections, Kenwood Academy Jazz Band, and our speaker (with a lively video included).


About our speaker, Jaqueline Edelberg, and How to Walk to School

You are encouraged to visit Ms. Edelberg's website, http://www.howtowalktoschool.com. (See links to video clips in the following release). And the book is highly recommended by the Schools Committee.

How to Walk to School: Blueprint for a Neighborhood School Renaissance (Foreword by Arne Duncan and Afterword by Rahm Emanuel) by Jacqueline Edelberg and Susan Kurland

From Hyde Park Herald February 10, 2019. By Daschell M. Phillips

Jacqueline Edelberg, U. of C. alumnus and co-author of the book "How to Walk to School" will be the guest speaker at the Schools committee of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference, or HP-KCC, Biennial Recognition Ceremony on Feb. 23.

Edelberg said she would speak to the attendees, who will include local school council, or LSC, parent action [sic advisory] council, or PAC, and parent teacher association, or PTA members from the schools in the Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhoods, about how to return neighborhood schools to a central role in the community.

When Edelberg began her search for neighborhood schools in the East Lakeview neighborhood, she was led to Nettelhorst Elementary, a school that wasn't scoring well on state tests, in bad physical condition and where the majority of the students were being bussed in from other neighborhoods.

Not wanting to put her children in private school or have them spend hours on a school bus to and from another school, Edelberg began a grassroots effort to restore Nettelhorst by talking to parents she met in neighborhood parks.

Edelberg said that instead of talking about the latest sales, she and a core group of parents began talking to the mothers in the parks about their past professions and inviting them to contribute those skills to the rebuilding of Nettelhorst. With the help of parents, donations from businesses in the community and the cooperation and patience of the school principal, Nettelhorst became a community school.

"The neighborhood school model has worked for 100 years," said Edelberg. "Most of the problems in the schools can be overcome when communities come together." At the HP-K CC event, Edelberg will talk about the process of restoring Nettelhorst and provide an outline and blueprint of things communities can do to help improve their neighborhood schools, she said.

"There's no time for fingerpointing. communities have to come together and fix it," said Edelberg. "What we did with a budget of nothing can be done by anyone."

She said she's visited several schools in Hyde Park, including Ray, Murray and the University of Chicago Laboratory School, and talked to a lot of parents that seemed hopeful about things they could do to improve the schools. "In Hyde Park, the talent pool, energy and resources is extraordinary," said Edelberg. "People just need to know what to do."

At the ceremony, which will take place in Kenwood Academy High School's [Media Center], 5015 S. Blackstone Ave., members of teh LSC, PAC and PTA will receive recognition for the works they've done in the schools, the Kenwood Academy Jazz Band will provide entertainment and light food and refreshments will be served. For more information about the event or to volunteer, call HP-K CC at 773 288-8343 or e-mail hpkcc@aol.com or visit hydepark.org.



From the book press release:

When two gutsy moms ventured inside Nettelhorst, their neighborhood’s underutilized and struggling public elementary school, the new principal asked what it would take for them to enroll their children. Stunned by her candor, they returned the next day armed with an extensive wish list. The principal read their list and said “Well, let’s get started, girls! It’s going to be a busy year…”

How to Walk to School is the story—from the highs to the lows—of motivated neighborhood parents galvanizing and then organizing an entire community to take a leap of faith, transforming a challenged urban school into one of Chicago’s best, virtually overnight. Susan Kurland, Nettelhorst’s new and entrepreneurial principal, and Jacqueline Edelberg, the neighborhood mom, prove that the fate of public education is not beyond our control. How to Walk to School provides an accessible and honest blueprint for reclaiming the great public schools our children deserve.

Check out the whole story at www.howtowalktoschool.com; take a tour at
or listen to the Chicago matters piece at http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=2055;
or the latest NPR 848 piece at http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/content.aspx?audioID=38602

Jacqueline Edelberg has been the driving force behind the Nettelhorst School's dramatic turn around, a story that has been featured on Oprah and Friends, NPR, CNN, 60 Minutes, Education Weekly, and in the local Chicago media. A community organizer, writer, and nationally recognized fine artist, Jacqueline has led workshops for the Community Schools Initiative, Northside Parents Network, and Chicago Public Schools on how public schools and reformers can improve public education. Before devoting herself to art, community organizing, and cutting the crusts off bread, Jacqueline taught political science at the University of Osnabrueck in Germany.

Library Journal
“This is a fascinating account of the collaboration between a public school principal, Kurland, the parents of young children considering her elementary school, and the community that transformed a failing public school into an outstanding and revitalized one. In the face of disastrous, widespread public school system failures across America, parent dissatisfaction, and teacher despair, the Chicago-based Nettelhorst School’s success story is a beacon. Edelberg, one of the Nettelhorst parents, and Kurland offer educators hope that change can happen in any public school, given the right mix of parent-teacher patience, willpower, community involvement, pluck, creativity, collaboration, and ability to overcome adversity. They provide a blueprint that schools can use for revitalization projects, detailing, for instance, how to procure donations from area businesses and to ask questions that will get answers about difficult educational problems such as coping with dysfunctional and unsatisfactory teaching. VERDICT: This book is essential reading for all elementary school parents and teachers, especially those who have lost their faith in the American public school system and are looking for ways to improve it. Here are solutions and inspiration.”

Herald, January 20, 2010: HPKCC planning biennial recognition event

By Daschell M. Philips

The Schools Committee of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference, or HPKCC, is in need of volunteers to help plan it Biennial Recognition Ceremony, which will take place in February. The committee is looking for help with the welcoming table, food setup and publicity for the ceremony, which is scheduled for Feb. 23. it also needs a volunteer to help with establishing a database, which will help when planning future events.

The ceremony wil honor local school council, or LSC, parent action council, or PAC, and parent teacher association, or PTA, members from schools in eh Hyde Park-Kenwood neighborhoods.

In the past, the committee focused honoring LSC members, ut this year they are honoring all parent and community-led school groups, said nancy Baum, chairwoman of the schools committee."Some schools are charter schools and do not have the mandated LSC format," Baum said. "It makes sense to honor all the parents, teachers and community member who give extra."

Jacqueline Edelberg, co-author of "How to Walk to School: Blueprint for a Neighborhood School Renaissance," will be the guest speaker. Edelberg, a University of Chicago graduate, will speak about how parents and community members can work with their neighborhood schools to make them more attractive to people living in the community. There will be a short informational film related to the topic.

Baum said the committee hopes the event give attendees inspiration about what could be done at their schools. "Hyde Park is ideal for community involvement. I just think sometimes individuals don't know where to start," Baum said. "We have such dynamic leadership in this community from so many areas. Not just the public schools, but the private schools need our help."

She said so often propel disparage what is going on in the schools, especially the public schools. "But we need to know that good things are happening, and we need to know that as a community we have resources to continue to make good things happen."

The Kenwood Academy Jazz Band will provide entertainment, and light refreshments will be served.

For more information about the event or to volunteer, call HPKCC at 733 288-83r3, email hpkcc@aol.com or visit hydepark.org.

HPKCC Schools Committee holds rousing biennial recognition ceremony, hears how grass roots school upgrade can be done

March 1, 2010. By Gary Ossewaarde. View/print in pdf.

HPKCC Schools Committee holds rousing biennial recognition ceremony, hears how grass roots school upgrade can be done

Over 60 parent volunteers, school council, PAC and PTA members, principals, residents and notables crowded Kenwood Academy’s Media Center February 23, 2010 to celebrate parents engaged in and working in their schools. Among attendees were Phil Jackson and others from the Black Star Project, Ald. Preckwinkle who said a few words, Ronald Raglin, the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) director for CPS and Abigail Hymen, of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club.

Highlights included a energetic, professional performance by the Kenwood Jazz Band under the baton of Gerald Powell; introduction the work of the Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference by President Jay Ammerman and the work of the Schools Committee by member and HPKCC board member Ismail Turay; the roll call of each school (to great applause) to receive the packets of with the individuals’ certificates; a few words from the Director of the CPS AVID Program and Alderman Toni Preckwinkle (4th); our speaker, and a fine repast. Attendees received packets with materials about the sponsors and how to run for an LSC, and Black Star Project distributed a report on the challenges faced by our inner city schools.

Our speaker, Jacqueline Edelberg, author of How to Walk to School: Blueprint for a Neighborhood School Renaissance, described in talk and a video the steps by which, without a lot of money or hoopla, parents were recruited and organized to work with the principal of a Chicago neighborhood school to transform the school’s physical appearance, culture, learning experience, and performance. The school was changed from a place that no one from the neighborhood would attend or own as part of the community to a fun and productive place parents and the community owned and inhabited from 8 in the morning to 10 at night. Again, it wasn’t rocket science, it used the neighborhood public school model that worked for 100 years, it’s been shown elsewhere, too to be replicable—and fast and without ousting the kids or removing all the adults. More information in http://www.howtowalktoschool.com.

Here are some of the elements critical in the transformation and success:

• A principal who is an educational leader and who listens and welcomes parents, community, help

• Parents who work with their kids and in the school, and hustle to get supplies and other help donated and work help make classrooms work

• In and out of classroom enrichment activities that in effect extend the school day and opportunities to apply learning. This includes student projects

• Creating a climate where excellent teachers want to be and poor teachers don’t and a physical place that is fun for kids and says they are important.

The Schools Committee, Nancy Baum Chair, thanks Kenwood Academy and Liz Kirby, Principal; the Kenwood Jazz Band; the many volunteers who made the event happen and work; Hyde Park-Kenwood Community Conference; Hyde Park Herald; Computer Resource Center, and the United Church of Hyde Park.

Schools honored: Canter, Carnegie, Dyett, Harte, Hyde Park, Kenwood, King, Kozminski, Murray, North Kenwood-Oakland, Price, Ray, Reavis, Robinson, and Shoesmith.

The Kenwood Jazz Band members were as follows: Tyler brooks, Piano’ Andren Johnson, Drums; Michael Murray, Congas; Ch Kieya Richmond, Alto Sax; Quachard Sloan, Bass; Lavon Weaver, Tenor Sax, an Tylan Williams, Flute.

Committee members: Nancy Baum (Chairperson), Irene Freelain, Annika Frazier-Muhammad, Camille Hamilton-Doyle, Zoe Mikva (Emerita), Ted Fetters, Gary Ossewaarde, Ismail Turay, The Reverend Larry Turpin, Sheila Wesonga, Julie Woestehoff (Emerita).





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