Fifteen years ago, a group of visionary leaders came together to radically transform Chicago’s public education system. At the time, only 50% of our public school students graduated from high school.
On Thursday, October 10, 2019, the Kids First Chicago Board of Directors is excited to bring together Chicago’s civic community in celebration of fifteen years of education transformation.
Kids First Chicago, as the Renaissance Schools Fund and New Schools for Chicago, helped open 81 new, innovative schools across the district between 2004 and 2014 — spurring an era of dramatic improvement for Chicago’s public schools.
Since our re-launch in 2015, we have:
Spearheaded the release of a new high school universal enrollment platform,
Produced a comprehensive fact base on all students in public schools in Chicago to contribute to data-driven decision-making,
Empowered more than 15,000 students and their families, including 900 parent champions, to advocate for improved access, quality, and transparency in Chicago public education.
Today, Chicago’s graduation rate is climbing toward 80%. Yet, there is much more to be done. We need visionaries like you to once again take bold action, ensuring that every kid in every neighborhood has access to a world-class education.
We hope that you will join us on October 10 to celebrate improved outcomes for kids across our city and to look ahead to the future of Chicago’s public schools.
We know that, with your support, we can create a world-class PK-12 education system where every Chicago child graduates with the skills to shape our city and the world for the better.
On behalf of THE Kids first chicago board of directors & anniversary planning committee,
PATRICK J. Canning, Managing Partner, KPMG LLP
David Casper, U.S. CEO, BMO Financial Group
TIMOTHY R. SCHWERTFEGER, Chairman and ceo emeritus, Nuveen investments, inc.
Nancy S. Searle, Civic Leader
DATE & TIME
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2019
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
CATHEDRAL HALL, UNIVERSITY CLUB OF CHICAGO
76 EAST MONROE STREET, CHICAGO
11:30 am – Doors Open
12:00 pm – Program Begins & Lunch Served
1:20 pm – Closing Remarks
1:30 pm - Event Adjourns
A CONVERSATION WITH ARNE DUNCAN...
Kids First Chicago is delighted to welcome Arne Duncan, managing partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education, and former CEO of Chicago Public Schools, for a conversation with Daniel Anello, Kids First Chicago CEO, on the last fifteen years of positive progress for Chicago's public education and the work ahead to ensure true educational equity for all students.
As managing partner at Emerson Collective, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan returns to Chicago on a mission to improve the lives of young adults in his hometown.
Through partnerships with local business leaders, community organizers, and nonprofit groups, Duncan aims to create job and life opportunities for disconnected youth between the ages of 17 and 24.
Prior to joining the Obama Administration, Duncan served as chief executive officer of Chicago Public Schools. From 2001 to 2008, Duncan won praise for uniting the city’s stakeholders behind an education agenda that included opening 100 new schools; expanding after-school, summer learning, early childhood, and college access programs; dramatically boosting the caliber of teachers; and building public-private partnerships around a variety of education initiatives. Duncan graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in 1987, majoring in sociology. At Harvard he served as co-captain of the basketball team and was named a first team Academic All-American.
Emerson Collective is an organization dedicated to removing barriers to opportunity so people can live to their full potential. Established by Laurene Powell Jobs, Emerson Collective centers its work on education, immigration reform, the environment and other social justice initiatives.
Arne serves on the boards of: Ariel Capital Management, Aspen Institute, Communities in Schools, Lucas Museum, My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, National Association of Basketball Coaches, Pluralsight, Revolution Foods, Thrive-Chicago and Turn It In. He also serves as Co-chair of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.
ABOUT DANIEL ANELLO
/ PLANNING COMMITTEE MEMBERS /
Patrick J. Canning | CO-CHAIR
Managing Partner, KPMG
David Casper | CO-CHAIR
U.S. CEO, BMO Financial Group
Timothy R. Schwertfeger | CO-CHAIR
Chairman and CEO Emeritus, Nuveen Investments
Nancy S. Searle | CO-CHAIR
CEO, Kids First Chicago
Lula M. Ford
Retired CPS Educator
Philip L. Hildebrandt
CEO, Segall Bryant & Hamill
Dea C. Meyer
Executive Vice President, Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago
Chief Education Officer, Kids First Chicago
Associate Professor, Learning Sciences,
Chief of Development and External Affairs, Kids First Chicago
John W. Rowe
Chairman Emeritus, Exelon Corporation
E. Scott Santi
Chairman and CEO, Illinois Tool Works
Head of Strategy, Fifth Third Bank
Kelly R. Welsh
President, Civic Committee of
The Commercial Club of Chicago
Chief of Staff, Nuveen Advisory Service
EVENT SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS
A special thanks to the organizations and individuals who have made this event possible.
The Steans Family
Best Portion Foundation
BMO Harris Bank
Illinois Tool Works
John and Jeanne Rowe
Nancy S. Searle
Holly and John Madigan
Mr. and Mrs. Norman Bobins, the Robert Thomas Bobins Foundation
Lefkofsky Family Foundation