About Continuing Ed.

In events that last from April 2016 to May 2017, Continuing Ed. will connect parents from neighborhoods across the city and cities across the state. In Chicago, we are working with Senn High School on the Northside, Kelly High School on the Southwest side, and Kenwood Academy and U Chicago Charter School on the Southside. The series will also involve parents in the communities of Elgin and Decatur, as well as Alexander, Union, and Jackson counties.

Through public talks, small-group discussions, conversation-facilitation training, and community history projects, Continuing Ed. hopes to help local communities better advocate for their schools by connecting parents and guardians across the city and across the state and convening a conversation between parents and policymakers.

Instead of pushing for specific policy reforms, Continuing Ed. highlights and supports parental engagement in public education reform. By bringing people together across geographic and ideological lines, Illinois Humanities promotes inclusive dialogue as the foundation for any meaningful democratic reform and places parents at the center of any such effort.

Program Schedule