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Cubs Charities, Baseball Tomorrow Fund, and LISC Chicago Support Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy Softball Program

09-May-2016

RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY TO BE HELD May 11, 2016 AT PERSPECTIVES/IIT MATH & SCIENCE ACADEMY SOFTBALL FIELD

CHICAGO – May 6 – Perspectives Charter Schools today announced a ribbon cutting ceremony at the newly renovated softball field at Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy in Bronzeville (3663 S. Wabash Ave.) will take place Wednesday, May 11, at 10:30 a.m. CDT. The entire community is encouraged to attend.

The ceremony will include remarks from representatives of Perspectives Charter Schools, its student-athletes, the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, Cubs Charities, LISC Chicago and other local community leaders. 

Perspectives Charter Schools received a grant in the amount of $80,000 from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) to complete the project. BTF, a joint initiative of Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, provided funding for the renovation of the playing surface, new fencing and the construction of an outdoor batting cage. Additional improvements including park lighting, bleachers and signage were made possible by the Cubs Charities Diamond Project and LISC Chicago.

Perspectives’ softball student-athletes have been eagerly awaiting the start of the 2016 season to utilize their new facilities. The field is used by the high school and middle school softball teams.

“The new softball field is not just benefiting Perspectives; it is an exciting addition for youth in the local community. Perspectives’ ability to now host organized youth games in the neighborhood will allow easier access for young men and women interested in learning about softball and baseball.” Vinay Mullick, Director of Athletics & Programs continued, “We are excited to continue strengthening our relationship with the Bronzeville community through organized athletics. At Perspectives Charter Schools we always reinforce the message with our athletes that playing high school sports is about learning life lessons, not just winning and losing. Witnessing the potential of this field and these students reinforces that and is great to see.”

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About Perspectives Charter Schools
Founded in 1997 by two public school teachers, Perspectives Charter Schools is a network of open enrollment public schools across the South Side of Chicago, serving nearly 2,200 students. Perspectives educates students for college and prepares them for life. At Perspectives, the A Disciplined Life education model combines academic rigor with a focus on character development. Despite coming from some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Chicago, Perspectives students graduate from high school, enroll in college, and persist towards graduation at rates above the national average for all students, regardless of background. Learn more at pcsedu.org.

About the Baseball Tomorrow Fund
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund (BTF) is a joint initiative between the Major League Baseball Players Association and Major League Baseball designed to promote the growth of youth baseball and softball throughout the world by awarding grants to support field renovation and construction projects, equipment and uniform purchases, coaches training material and other selected program expenses. Since its formation by the MLBPA and MLB in 1999, BTF has awarded more than 800 grants totaling over $29 million to non-profit and tax-exempt organizations in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia. BTF also facilitates league-wide initiatives including the collection and distribution of new and gently used equipment to organizations in need as well as field maintenance education clinics. For more information, visit baseballtomorrowfund.com and follow BTF on Facebook, Twitter and MLBlogs.

About the Cubs Charities Diamond Project
Cubs Charities harnesses the passion of Cubs fans to improve the lives of children and families across Chicago and beyond. Cubs Charities’ goal is to provide increased access to sports opportunities and target improvements in health, fitness and education for those at risk. Through grants to quality nonprofit programs, development of parks and baseball fields, and other community initiatives, the Cubs and Cubs Charities help fulfill a commitment to be the best in the game, on and off the field. For more information, visit www.cubscharities.org

About LISC Chicago
LISC Chicago connects neighborhoods to the resources they need to become stronger and healthier. Part of the national nonprofit Local Initiatives Support Corporation, LISC Chicago provides grants, loans, technical assistance and other resources to more than 70 partner organizations in low- and moderate-income communities across Chicago. When neighborhoods are connected to the right resources and work together to advance robust, coordinated community development plans, they are better positioned to participate in the region’s economic growth. For more information visit, lisc-chicago.org.


90 Organizations Host Over 350 PCS Interns

28-Jan-2016

January 28, 2016


                       Perspectives students at their Digitas internship with mentors

CHICAGO--This academic year Perspectives was able to partner with 90 organizations, which hosted over 350 junior standing students as interns over a five-week period. Partners ranged from small non-profit organizations to fortune 100 companies.

Internships are an integral part of social emotional learning and allow for exponential personal growth in a short amount of time. Placing students in a professional atmosphere allows them to quickly develop awareness surrounding their professional aspirations and passions. Further, it introduces them to a professional setting and culture which strengthens their college and personal aspirations. One shining example of this is Queshawn Burnett, a senior at Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy. 

Last fall as a junior Queshawn was excited to be partnered with AAR Corporation, a leading global provider of aerospace products and services to commercial airlines and government agencies. He explained excitedly, “I became interested in aeronautical engineering after my first experience on an actual airplane, which made me curious as to how everything on a plane worked together to make it fly.” It seemed like a great fit from the very beginning and somewhere Queshawn could solve his question and grow his budding passion. No one had any idea just how much that passion would grow.

After completing the program with nine of his peers, Queshawn lived the ADL principle “take initiative” and leveraged his new professional network to acquire a summer internship in the Distribution and C&E division. Dinai Yelverton, Manager of Corporate Communications with AAR, speaks very highly of Queshawn’s work ethic. “He really stood out and took my advice on the importance of following-up and staying connected.” Yelverton and AAR continued to be so thrilled with his work that they have invited him to speak with the new fall internship class on their first day. For another look at the great work being done by AAR mentors and Perspectives interns enjoy this short video.

Success past the initial five-week program isn’t limited to Queshawn. Suzanne Hammond of Axion RMS ltd. shared, “David [Wells] is very motivated. He asked if things go well if he might be able to continue as an intern. I think that we could quite happily be able to have him intern for us part-time during breaks and summer.” It was evident that David lives the ADL principle “be punctual and prepared” when Hammond divulged that David “was up at 4am this morning and his grandfather took him to the train station early so he could make sure to find his train and catch it.”  
The internship program allows Perspectives students to stand apart with their college applications. As higher education institutions more frequently require internships for graduation, Perspectives graduates are at an advantage by having already been exposed to this often stressful environment.


Chicago Tribune, Posse Chicago allows overlooked college-bound students to dream big

05-Nov-2015

By Manya Brachear Pashman
Chicago Tribune (source)

November 5, 2015

When Anthony Halmon became a father at age 15, he didn't see a college education in his future. He envisioned finishing high school and working at his pastor's restaurant to support his family.

"A high school diploma is enough to situate yourself where I'm from," said Halmon, 21, who grew up in the Englewood neighborhood on Chicago's South Side.

"My high school counselor always told me he saw something in me, something more than graduating high school," Halmon said. "He told me you need to get out of here. You have the ability to expand your horizons."

Thanks to that counselor's high expectations, Halmon, now a junior at Cornell University, became one of the first students through Posse Chicago to attend an Ivy League school. Posse Chicago identifies 120 public high school students often overlooked by traditional college selection processes to attend one of 12 partner universities outside Illinois on full scholarships.

"We believe there's a tremendous number of kids who are strong, ambitious and have incredible potential even if they don't have a top ACT or SAT score," said Deborah Bial, president of the New York-based Posse Foundation, which has 10 chapters, including Chicago. "We believe they can become senators and CEOS and entrepreneurs and begin to change the way leadership looks in America."

The foundation also offers those students an intensive college preparation workshop, on-campus mentoring and employment services throughout their college career. Posse Chicago receives financial support from Chicago Tribune Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund.

Posse succeeds by placing students with multicultural teams, or posses, of 10 students from their hometown who prepare together before arriving on campus.

Once selected for scholarships and college admission, students meet once a week for several hours of interactive academic and leadership workshops. Conversations cover topics such as politics, religion, sexuality and race and how these issues affect decision-making. They also practice cross-cultural communication, team building and writing.

"They're talking about issues that most 17-year-olds don't talk about," Bial said. "By the time they go to Cornell or Pomona, they sit in front of the classroom, they raise their hand, they're comfortable talking about these issues and they begin to contribute to discussion in a really meaningful way."

The Posse Foundation also trains tenured faculty at the partner schools as mentors to meet with students weekly or semiweekly once they're on campus. The Chicago staff visits its campuses several times a year.

Since being founded in 1989, the Posse Foundation has sent about 6,000 students to college and maintained a 90 percent graduation rate. Posse Chicago has sent more than 1,100 high school students to college since the local chapter was founded in 2000.

Though the oldest Posse alum just turned 43 and some already serve as CEOs and vice chancellors, Asaf Bar-Tura, director of Posse Chicago, said the organization takes a long-range view.

"We know it will take another generation before we see hundreds of those alumni in leadership positions," he said. "That's what we're working toward."

Mary Khalaf, 20, the oldest of four siblings, graduated from Whitney Young Magnet High School in 2013. There were five Posse scholars in her graduating class, attending colleges across the country.

"I never thought a place like Cornell would be an option," Khalaf said. "It was too expensive and out of the realm of possibility."

Halmon, a 2013 graduate of Calumet Leadership Academy, said he also was intimidated by the Ivy League label. His mother had never heard of Cornell. His father had died in prison a few years earlier.

Both Khalaf and Halmon have relied on each other and their posse for support and encouragement.

"We see it everyday in our work," Bar-Tura said. "When you have a group of people who can back you up and support you and understand some of your past experiences and how that impacts your present experiences, that makes a huge difference."

Bar-Tura said because many students might be the first in their families to apply to college, they don't think high enough.

"The ways our families can hold us back can vary person to person," he said. "We work primarily with the scholars and we do that very intentionally because they're adults and they're carving their path. … The focus is on the scholars as agents of their own future."

mbrachear@tribpub.com

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Media Advisory, Chicago South Side Youth Talk Peace with Middle East Youth

05-Oct-2015

October 5, 2015

Attn: Assignment editors; crime, urban affairs and education reporters; and sports desks.

Chicago South Side Youth Talk Peace with Middle East Youth
#iamforpeace
Students from Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy (Chicago) and King’s Academy (Jordan) connect via Skype to discuss peace activism around the globe

WHAT: Students at Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy (MSA)—one of five campuses in the Perspectives Charter Schools network—are extending the I Am For Peace Movement by participating in a live Peace Talk via Skype with Jordanian student peers from King’s Academy near Amman, Jordan on Tuesday, October 6, 2015.

Students from each school will discuss their respective community activism to promote peace around the globe in a cross-cultural dialogue. This is an initial conversation in a planned series of international student Peace Talks.

“We are excited to connect our young ethical leaders here at Perspectives to their peers in international settings like the Middle East to broaden their understanding of local and global peace activism,” said MSA teacher Daniel Alter. “From these online international exchanges we expect the students to gain a better understanding of the history of their regional conflicts that will lead to deeper empathy and actionable solutions for peace.”

At Perspectives, students learn to be socially aware and academically prepared through the A Disciplined Life social emotional learning education model, which uses 26 principles to help students develop positive self-perception, healthy relationships, and tools for productivity.

WHO: A dozen of high-school students from Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy (Chicago) and King’s Academy (Jordan).

WHEN: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. (CDT) / 5:30 p.m. (AST). There will be opportunities to interview Chicago participants before and after event.

WHERE (SKYPE):
Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy
3663 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago IL 60653
Room 316

About Perspectives Charter Schools
Founded in 1997 by two public school teachers, Perspectives Charter Schools is a network of open enrollment public schools across the South Side of Chicago, serving nearly 2,200 students. Perspectives educates students for college and prepares them for life. At Perspectives, the A Disciplined Life education model combines academic rigor with a focus on character development. Despite coming from some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Chicago, Perspectives students graduate from high school, enroll in college, and persist towards graduation at rates above the national average for all students, regardless of background. Learn more at pcsedu.org.

About King’s Academy
King's Academy is a not-for-profit, coeducational boarding and day high school (grades 9 to 12) that provides a comprehensive Advanced Placement curriculum. Learn more at kingsacademy.edu.jo.


Media contact: David Terry at dterry@pcsedu.org | 312-604-2142 or Shayla Butler at sbutler@pcsedu.org | 708-516-7828.

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Civic Engagement Continues at Perspectives with EY Connect Day 2015

25-Sep-2015

September 25, 2015

At Perspectives, students and staff become even more civic-minded and responsible through the 26 principles of the A Disciplined Life (ADL) education model, which helps students develop positive self-perception, healthy relationships, and the tools for productivity.

These achievements are accomplished in part by the devotion of teachers and parents who work tirelessly to ensure students are receiving the best possible instruction. Secondly, key partnerships with civic organizations contributes to the success of students at Perspectives.



The partnership between Ernst & Young (EY) Chicago and Perspectives is such an example of how results-driven service can lead to the sense of common purpose, joining fellow community members to work together for something other than ourselves — for something bigger, for the common good.

A cohort of EY Chicago volunteers visited with high school seniors at Perspectives Leadership Academy during EY Connect Day. EY Connect Day provides an annual opportunity to join with colleagues for a day of community service and celebration. EY is firmly anchored in the communities where we live and work, and they recognize that their responsibility to help those communities grow and flourish.

"It is such a wonderful experience for our students here at Perspectives to learn about college and the professional working world from a diverse group of EY employees," said Stefan Fisher of Perspectives Leadership Academy. "Year after year, we love EY Connect Day and the invaluable wisdom the volunteers give to our students."

EY focuses on community engagement that incorporates entrepreneurship, education and environmental sustainability — the 3Es. EY volunteers covered the 3Es by helping Perspectives students create a business proposal with the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, fill out the common application for college admissions, learn about scholarships and grants to pay for college, and be more conscious of global and local water conservation.

Perspectives students were impressed by the EY volunteers for their dedication to community service and their words of wisdom about college and life.

“Today has been a really great experience! The EY volunteers have been so helpful in giving us personal attention to help with the college application process today,” said senior at Perspectives Leadership Academy Taniya Ceaser. “I worked with an EY volunteer today who gave me really good feedback on my personal statement. He was so encouraging about it that he put me at ease and he also gave me good advice on how to apply to colleges. He taught me the difference between graduate school and undergraduate school, and we had a great talk about my majors and future goals. I am so glad we get opportunities to meet with EY volunteers.”

Kristopher Moore, also a senior at Perspectives Leadership Academy described his experience with the EY College MAP program as eye opening and life altering. “It has really opened my eyes to see that I can do things that I didn't know I could do. For example, I used to not believe I could go to a really good college. I wasn't sure what my future held. Days like today and experiences with EY lets me know I do have the skills to succeed, and the support I need to make it happen. Thanks, EY, for everything!”

EY employees are embodying the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life, including “be generous” and “show gratitude”. Together, Perspectives and EY are transforming the Auburn Gresham campus into a hive of entrepreneurship, academic excellence and great character development.

Perspectives Observes International Day of Peace throughout Chicago

24-Sep-2015

Monday, September 21, 2015

CHICAGO—Students at Perspectives Charter Schools extended their I Am For Peace movement by participating in various peace activities throughout the city of Chicago in observance of International Day of Peace on September 21, 2015.

Perspectives Charter Schools proudly collaborated with the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) as part of an educational initiative to develop future global peace builders. This year’s celebration marked the USIP’s 30th Anniversary, and the creation of the Peace Day Challenge, which engaged organizations, schools, individuals and communities across the U.S. and globally.

“We are excited to have played an important role in Chicago’s celebration of International Day of Peace,” said President and Founder Diana Shulla-Cose. “On this meaningful day, Perspectives students and staff showed how the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life empower them to be advocates for peace at school, across the city and throughout the globe!”

This past summer during Peace and Leadership Camp, Perspectives students created 30-60 second I Am For Peace videos in response to the #PeaceDayChallenge inspired by the U.S. Institute of Peace. In the short videos students explain how they are a force for peace in their communities. Watch the videos below.



As part of the International Day of Peace celebration, Perspectives students developed and presented interactive peace installations at four locations throughout the city, including CTA stations, local landmarks like Millennium Park, and more.

“Our students are amazing advocates for peace in their community,” said Perspectives Rodney D. Joslin Campus Peace Ambassador and Teacher Karen Sheehan. “Today they showed their tireless resolve to promote peace here in the South Loop and I am impressed at how well they incorporate core principles of A Disciplined Life into their messaging.”



The installations encouraged citizens to reflect on ways they can contribute to a more peaceful world. At Perspectives, students learn to be socially aware and academically prepared through the A Disciplined Life social emotional learning education model, which uses 26 principles to help students develop positive self-perception, healthy relationships, and tools for productivity.

“Today really stretched personal boundaries for many of our students who have little experience with engaging the general public,” said Perspectives Leadership Academy Peace Ambassador and Teacher Lyndsey Schwartz. “Our students left their comfort zones and asked perfect strangers to participate in a conversation about peace—and they were successful even after several rejections by passersby.”





Media Adivsory, Perspectives Students Celebrate International Day of Peace

18-Sep-2015

Attn: Assignment editors; crime, urban affairs and education reporters; and sports desks.

Perspectives Students Celebrate International Day of Peace
#iamforpeace #PeaceDayChallenge
Perspectives Charter Schools collaborates with the U.S. Institute of Peace by participating in citywide activities to affirm that peace matters


WHAT: Students at Perspectives Charter Schools are extending the I Am For Peace Movement by participating in various peace activities throughout the city of Chicago in observance of International Day of Peace on September 21, 2015. Perspectives Charter Schools is collaborating with the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) to develop future global peace builders. This year’s celebration marks the USIP’s 30th Anniversary, and the creation of the Peace Day Challenge, which is engaging organizations, schools, individuals and communities across the U.S. and globally.

Students from each of Perspectives schools will participate in Peace Summits, where staff and student Peace Ambassadors will develop student peace demonstrations to share their views on how to create a more peaceful world with students, staff, family members, and community leaders.

“We are excited play an important role in Chicago’s celebration of International Day of Peace,” said president and founder Diana Shulla-Cose. “On this meaningful day, Perspectives students and staff will show how the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life empower them to be advocates for peace at school, across the city and throughout the globe!”

This past summer during Peace and Leadership Camp, Perspectives students created 30-60 second “I Am For Peace” videos in response to the #PeaceDayChallenge inspired by the U.S. Institute of Peace. In the short videos students explain how they are a force for peace in their communities. View the videos at a peace installation, via social media, and during events throughout the fall.

Students from Perspectives Charter Schools will develop and present interactive peace installations at four locations throughout the city, including CTA stations, local landmarks like Millennium Park, and more. The installations will encourage citizens to reflect on ways they can contribute to a more peaceful world. At Perspectives, students learn to be socially aware and academically prepared through the A Disciplined Life social emotional learning education model, which uses 26 principles to help students develop positive self-perception, healthy relationships, and tools for productivity.

WHO: Hundreds of middle- and high-school students from Perspectives Charter Schools’ five campuses.

WHEN: Monday, September 21, 2015. There will be opportunities to interview participants before and during events.

WHERE (Peace Installations Only):

9:00-10:30 a.m., students from Perspectives Rodney D. Joslin Campus will be at the Roosevelt El Platform (Green / Orange Line) on Roosevelt Street between State and Wabash

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., students from Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy will be at the Sox-35th El Platform (Red Line) on 35th and the Dan Ryan

10:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m., students from Perspectives Middle Academy and Perspectives Leadership Academy will be at Cloud Gate (The Bean) in Millennium Park near the corners of Randolph Street and Michigan Avenue

9:00-10:30 a.m., students from Perspectives High School of Technology will be at the 79th Platform (Red Line) on 79th and the Dan Ryan

About Perspectives Charter Schools
Founded in 1997 by two public school teachers, Perspectives Charter Schools is a network of open enrollment public schools across the South Side of Chicago, serving nearly 2,200 students. Perspectives educates students for college and prepares them for life. At Perspectives, the A Disciplined Life education model combines academic rigor with a focus on character development. Despite coming from some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Chicago, Perspectives students graduate from high school, enroll in college, and persist towards graduation at rates above the national average for all students, regardless of background. Learn more at pcsedu.org.

Media contact: David Terry at dterry@pcsedu.org | 312-604-2142 or Shayla Butler at sbutler@pcsedu.org | 708-516-7828

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I Am For Peace (2014) - Trailer from Perspectives Charter Schools on Vimeo.

Media Advisory, Calumet High School 1965 Alums Visit Their School, Which Is Now Home to Perspectives Charter Schools

16-Sep-2015

Calumet Alumni Contacts: (due to traveling cell phones may be best contact)
Jackie Brett 702-460-1836 cell jackiebrett@cox.net
Penny Bonnar 608-780-0395 cell pennybonnar@mac.com

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015

Subject: Calumet 1965 Alums Visit High School, Now Home to Two Charter Schools, After Closing, Calumet Reopened As Perspectives High School of Technology and Perspectives Leadership Academy

For Immediate Release

CHICAGO – Sept. 16, 2015 – The Calumet High School graduating class of 1965 will be holding a 50th class reunion Sept. 18 and 19, 2015, on the south side of Chicago. Part of the itinerary includes a tour on Friday, Sept.18 of former Calumet High School, which is now home to two charter schools: Perspectives High School of Technology and Perspectives Leadership Academy.

“As the current occupants of Perspectives Auburn Gresham Campus located at 8131 S. May Street, we are delighted to welcome the Calumet Class of 1965 back to their old stomping grounds,” said Perspectives Charter Schools CEO Rhonda Hopps. “The building might look and feel the same; however, today we are infusing new life into the historic school building with the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life, our education model that combines academic rigor and social emotional learning.”

Calumet alum will gather from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at fellow classmate Rosemary Barraco George’s restaurant, Vito & Nick’s at 8433 S. Pulaski, for lunch before going as a group to the school for the tour from 2 to 3 p.m.

Calumet High School was a public four-year high school operated by Chicago Public Schools until closing after the 2005-2006 academic year. As a part of the Chicago Public Schools Renaissance 2010 program, the Calumet High School building now is home to the two charter schools.

Other reunion activities include a Friday gathering and dinner on Saturday from 6-11 p.m. each night at Niko’s at 7600 S. Harlem, Bridgeview, Ill., and a visit to the Original Rainbow Cone at 9233 S. Western on Saturday from 1-1:30 p.m.

About Perspectives Charter Schools
Founded in 1997 by two public school teachers, Perspectives Charter Schools is a network of open enrollment public schools across the South Side of Chicago, serving nearly 2,200 students. Perspectives educates students for college and prepares them for life. At Perspectives, the A Disciplined Life education model combines academic rigor with a focus on character development. Despite coming from some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Chicago, Perspectives students graduate from high school, enroll in college, and persist towards graduation at rates above the national average for all students, regardless of background. Learn more at pcsedu.org.

Perspectives High School of Technology (TECH) is one of three schools that Perspectives Charter Schools opened in 2007. TECH seeks to integrate the use and understanding of technology throughout our college preparatory curriculum, providing students with a competitive advantage in college and beyond. Students take advanced technology courses in a modern computing environment that supports server-based computing as well as web-based applications. Our tools include tablet computing, traditional desktops, and both wired/fixed and wireless/mobile thin clients.

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Educator Portrait: “Be a life-long learner” at Perspectives High School of Technology

15-Sep-2015

By Brittany Croone
September 16, 2015


CHICAGO— Not to be cliché, but I do teach because "the children are our future." There are so many systems in this country that have little to no regard for people who look like me and for the children that we teach. Here at Perspectives, we do. It is called the A Disciplined Life education model—which combines rigorous academic classes and strong character education. Coming from a background in engineering, I also teach because the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) industries are missing the creative energy and ideas of our students. I come here with my "A" game every day to provide our students with the mindsets, skills, and resources it takes to be successful in this competitive, technological world.

I have been at Perspectives for more than two years and this is my first year as the 11th grade Engineering Educator at Perspectives High School of Technology (TECH). I requested and have the honor of founding our engineering program at TECH to expose our students to the world of engineering. I spent the past two years as a Learning Behavior Specialist with a concentration in science and math.

The A Disciplined Life (ADL) education model equips me with the ability to pinpoint the key characteristics and mindsets it takes to be a good person. This allows me to evaluate my own areas of strengths and weaknesses and develop an action plan to improve, as well as foster this evaluation and action with our students. Students and staff alike study the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life, which help us develop positive self-perception, healthy relationships and tools for productivity.

One of my favorite quotes is by Zora Neale Hurston, “If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.” I think it is important for us as educators to give our students the skills and resources to help us fight the inequities and injustices of the world. We accomplish this on a daily basis as we live and study the 26 principles of A Disciplined Life.

At the end of last year, I had a conversation with one of my advisory students from the previous year. I began to commend her on all of the growth she made over the past two years, both academically and personally. She stopped me in the midst of the praise and said, "you don't even know this, but I learned a lot from you…”

She continued to say “…but the most important thing I learned from you is how to love myself and respect myself as a woman." Shocked, as I had no explicit lessons on these, I asked how I did that. She described the pride, love, and positivity that exuded from me during our interactions, and the respect I demanded from them for myself and for each other. From that moment on, I knew I was doing something right.

I am actively studying the A Disciplined Life principle “be a life-long learner.” Something that I work to instill in our students is that you will never know everything and that there are so many things that you don't even know that you don't know. However, it is important to always seek a better understanding of what you don't know and have the skills and resources to do so. This year I am designing a new curriculum. There are many things I know. However, there are so many that I don't. The only way to get better is to continually learn day after day. Each day I am working to be a better educator for our students.

Despite coming from some of the most underserved neighborhoods in Chicago, Perspectives students graduate from high school, enroll in college, and persist in college at rates above the national average for all students. Our current students and alumni are ethical young leaders who will transform lives in this city and beyond.

Brittany graduated with a bachelor’s of science in Civil Engineering from Northwestern University. She completed Master of Special Education from National Louis University. Brittany is living A Disciplined Life 26 principles at a time.

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Perspectives Athletics, Volume 5, Issue 3

08-Sep-2015

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