Two middle grades educators at a professional development session at their middle school

The pilot cohort of MGN schools includes Brighton Park Elementary School, Columbia Explorers Academy, Florence Nightingale Elementary School, Hernandez Middle School, John B. Drake Elementary School, and the UChicago Charter School Woodlawn (UCW) Middle School. The cohort is focused on developing and testing solutions related to the following problem of practice:

 

"Our students and families do not always feel they belong in our school communities because of school and societal barriers caused by systemic racial/ethnic injustice and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and remote learning. As adults, we need to create caring and equitable relationships where middle school students and families are seen, valued, and engaged.‚ÄĚ

 

Explore MGN's pilot cohort of schools through our interactive map and download their problem of practice profiles below.

Learn about Brighton Park's problem of practice and change idea.

Brighton Park Elementary

Brighton Park Elementary School is developing strategies around intentional relationship building to strengthen student-educator relationships.

School Team: Sara Haas, Principal; Andrew Collingham, Assistant Principal; Cecilia Mendoza, 5th & 6th Grade Science Teacher; Zach Rivera, 8th Grade ELA Teacher; Nancy Fernandez, Counselor.

Learn about Columbia Explorers' problem of practice and change idea.

Columbia Explorers Academy

Columbia Explorers Elementary Academy is developing strategies around intentional community building to strengthen student-educator relationships.

School Team: Eileen Considine, Principal; Beth West & Veronica Barrera, Assistant Principals; Monica Galvez & Ricka Guerrero, Regular Teachers; Samantha Saqri, SPED Teacher & Case Manager; Cristina Santoyo, Counselor; Simon Toledano, 5th Grade Writing Teacher; Casey Feeney, 8th Grade Science Teacher; Eugenia Huang, 8th Grade ELA Teacher

Learn about Drake's problem of practice and change idea.

Drake Elementary

John B. Drake Elementary School is developing strategies around interest-based activities to strengthen student-educator relationships.

School Team: Sydney Golliday, Principal; Willona Abner-Adkins, Assistant Principal; Nai Colton, Math Teacher; Smitha Mathen, Teacher; Shawnton Mickles-Kuykendall, Counselor; Christopher Robbins, Teacher; Adam Turry, Social Worker; Monica Cherry, SPED Instructor; LaShonda Wiggins, 6th Grade ELA Teacher; Janice Sanders, Upper Grades Cluster Program Teacher

Learn about Hernandez's problem of practice and change idea.

Hernandez Middle School

Irene C. Hernandez Middle School is developing strategies around intentional community building in advisories to strengthen peer to peer relationships.

School team: Luis Tellez, Principal; Kate Graham-McHugh & Cy Hendrickson, Assistant Principals; Lucy McGowan, 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher; Salina Rivera, Teacher; Maricella Salazar, English Learners Program Teacher

Learn about Nightingale's problem of practice and change idea.

Nightingale Elementary

Florence Nightingale Elementary School is developing strategies around elevating student voice to build student-educator relationships.

School Team: Adriana Arias, Principal; Meaghan Esposito, Dean; Michelle Soto, Assistant Principal; Anne Rohan, Counselor; Jackie Sanchez, 5th Grade Math Teacher

Learn about UCW's problem of practice and change idea.

UChicago Charter Woodlawn Middle School

UChicago Charter Woodlawn (UCW) Middle School is developing strategies around Zoom family socials to strengthen school-family partnerships.

School Team: Donald Gordon, Director; DeVear Peters, Dean of Instruction; Shalon Eggleston, Dean of Student Culture; Kate Carter, STEM Instructional Coach; Christopher Louis, SPED Teacher/LBS1; Tom Rouleau, 6th Grade Literacy Instructor