Chicago Public Schools announced it will be joining the Lead Higher Initiative, a partnership with Equal Opportunity Schools—a nonprofit that helps give high school students of all backgrounds access to accelerated courses—according to an Oct. 26 CPS press release.
A superintendent details his mission to enroll underrepresented students in Advanced Placement classes
The school district applied to partner with Equal Opportunity Schools, a nonprofit firm in Seattle, Wash., dedicated to ensuring all students have equal access to the most academically intense high school programs to tackle the participation gap. EOS is the national experts in finding “missing students” and enabling leaders to achieve equitable access in advanced academic programs.
David F. Larson, superintendent of the Glenbard Township High School District 87 in suburban Chicago, a district partner of Equal Opportunity Schools, offers suggestions for education leaders for pursuing equity in high-level instruction.
In the Equal Opportunity Schools’ program to close the equity gap in advanced course taking in high school, students are surveyed about their experiences. In this sidebar article to “Recruiting Our ‘Missing’ Students” a few comments are shared by students of color and low-income students, addressing their experiences in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses.
In this excerpt [from Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector], we discuss the strategic principle of “core competencies” and then describe how Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS) has rigorously applied that principle across its value chain.—William F. Meehan III and Kim Starkey Jonker.