Leadership Academy Cohort 2 visits Chicago charter and alternative schools

Leadership Academy Cohort 2 members visited several charter and alternative schools in Chicago in October. Our goal was to learn more about the details of leading extremely effective charter and alternative public schools. We interviewed a number of leaders (and some students) from several of the schools visited. We agreed to share some of the most interesting and valuable things we learned on the trip. Thanks to the Walton Foundation for helping make this trip possible.

Leadership Academy participants visit Enlace Chicago on the first day in Chicago. Enlace Chicago is the lead agency in Little Village for the New Communities Program (NCP), a city wide initiative that seeks to improve the Quality of Life in 16 Chicago neighborhoods, in partnership with the Local Support Corporation (LISC) and with support from the McArthur Foundation (www.enlacechicago.org).

Leadership Academy participants stop to look at a mural inside Social Justice High school which is located on the Little Village Lawndale High School Campus

Tamara Witzl (far left), principal of Telpochcalli Community Fine Arts School, meets with Leadership Academy participants.

William Olsen (far right), principal of Noble Street Academy, talks to Leadership Academy participants.

Leadership Academy participants talk with students from the University of Chicago Charter School-Woodlawn Secondary.