The future of Chicago is inextricably linked to our youth and the success of our schools. Education prepares our workforce, strengthens families and communities, and brings intellectual vitality to everything we do. Our ability to prepare all of our youth for the future says a lot about who we are and what we want our future to look like. Our vision in Education is to create an education system that provides equitable access to living-wage career paths for all students and enables growth of an economy that works for everyone.
In the area of Education, Civic Consulting Alliance focuses on:
- Implementing and testing new models in primary, secondary, and tertiary education.
- Developing a cohesive system to support student achievement both in and out of school.
- Producing scalable impact to improve the educational outcomes for large numbers of students.
As technology continues to evolve, computational thinking will be a necessary skill for an increasing number of jobs of the future. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates 1.1 million computing-related job openings by 2024. With African American and Latino students currently representing just 8 and 9 percent of computer science college graduates, respectively, Chicago has a terrific opportunity to tap human talent that has been for too long left behind, and begin to create the nation’s first inclusive technology economy. Doing so must start in the public schools.