CTDCHS Take Your Mentor to School Day PowerPoint

All About Chicago Talent
Development Charter High
Presentation to AIM High Mentors
Goals of Presentation
information about our students
Learn about school curriculum, strategy
and supports
Dialogue about best use of mentors
School Transformation Model
Chicago Talent is part of Diplomas Now, an
innovative school turnaround model that
unites three experienced non-profit
organizations – City Year, Communities In
Schools, Center for Talent Development –
to work with the nation’s most challenged
middle and high schools to deliver the right
interventions to the right students at the
right time.
What is Diplomas Now?
Now video
Typical Student
Explore Score (2009 freshmen): 12.6
Attendance Rates: 87% daily
attendance (as reported at end of 1st
On average, our students come to us 2
years behind in math and reading
Typical Chicago Talent Student
Free/Reduced Lunch: 98%
Average household income: $22,426
Common neighborhoods where
students reside: West Garfield Park,
Austin, East Garfield Park, North
School Requirements
to matriculate to next
grade: must pass 7 of 8 courses
Chicago Talent has more stringent
credit requirements than Chicago
Public Schools
School Curriculum
90-minute classes per day
Double dose of math and reading
during first three years
Focus on media and technology
Academic Support
City Year Corps Members offer
after-school tutoring 4 days a week
 Teachers are available for individual
help during weekly office hours
College Readiness
Jump summer programming
What’s Next Illinois
College Unit of Freshmen Seminar
Social Emotional Support
the Peace
Morning Meetings
Management and group services are
provided by Communities In Schools (CIS)
CIS manages partnerships with community
organizations to provide additional services
(i.e. pregnant & parenting teens)
Keep the Peace strategy
Challenges Facing Students
in Schools/Communities/Homes
 Lacking a true understanding of what it
takes to academically, socially, and
financially get into and out of college
 Lack of intrinsic motivation to do well in
school (this is the $20 million question!)
Our Vision of Mentors’ Roles
can the mentors help the
students be successful?
Access to cultural institutions
College “lens”
a middle class orientation
to school and college
Where mentors might be
needed most
Helping your student be on top of their
homework, providing homework help
Encouraging 3.0+ GPAs
Showing students benefit of working hard,
staying focused and keeping grades up
Get your mentees to read for fun
Where mentors might be
needed most (cont’d)
Listening to your students and asking them
Sharing things about your lives
Working with them on social and
professional skills
Taking them to cultural events of their
liking (and expose them to new things)
Where mentors might be
needed most (cont’d)
 Talk to them about college, inquire about their
interests and provide opportunities to explore these
interests (i.e. events around the city)
 Start identifying colleges early (arrange local tours
for them)
 Help your student stay on top of applications and
financial aid processes and deadlines
 Offer to write your student a recommendation
Contact Info
High Program Associate
Bozeman [email protected]
That Care Program Associate
Clennon [email protected]
Pesce [email protected]
In Schools
Fagen, LCSW [email protected]
Next Steps