UIC is seeking serious applicants for their CHANCE Program

uic chance program spring

UIC is currently seeking HS Seniors who are SERIOUSLY considering attending UIC to apply to the UIC CHANCE – Spring 2018 Saturday College Program.

This program is designed to help strengthen academic skills in English & Math and to provide the additional skills that will assist with placement exams and ease their transition into college.

The skills learned in Saturday College Program will prove beneficial throughout your entire college career. Participation in Saturday College program DOES NOT bind the student to UIC however they MUST complete an undergraduate application to UIC.

They are seeking only the best and brightest and there is no charge for this great opportunity. Space is limited and completed applications are due very soon.

You may apply by visiting:http://UICCHANCE.formstack.com/…/saturday_college_spring_20…

In addition, you can visit (www.chance.uic.edu) for more information.


New Report Highlights Alternative Public Education Programs Helping To Close the Achievement Gap for Urban Native American Youth

From National Urban Indian Family Coalition’s Facebook page:

” Friends – we are proud to announce that our report “Resurgence; Restructuring Urban American Indian Education” was released today! Authored by the brilliant Joe Hobot with support from the Schott Foundation for Public Education and Edgar Villanueva – this first of its kind report examines the history, best practices and provides recommendations on Urban Indian Education.

This report could not have been done without the brilliance and hard work and inspiration of the sites we highlight in the piece which include:

Semillas Community Schools in Los Angeles
NAYA Early College Academy in Portland OR
Native American Community Academy
Takoda Prep of AIOIC
Nawayee Center School
Huchoosedah Indian Education in Seattle WA (Seattle Public Schools)
Native American Student Support Program (Denver Public Schools) ”

Read report HERE

Visit their website here

Native Youth Leaders Meeting, Dec 2nd at 2pm

Youth Leadership Meeting 12-2-17

We are still accepting applications for our Native Youth Leadership program!

Apply HERE!

St. Kateri Center of Chicago and CPS American Indian Education Program are building a new leadership program to cultivate young student leaders within our community. Participants will be able to receive stipends for their work at each of our programs’ events and have an opportunity to attend national Native Youth Leadership conferences as our youth delegate(s). It will be an exciting opportunity for our youth to develop their leadership and professional skills while giving back to the community!

Interested students and parents are invited to join us for the meeting on Saturday, December 2nd at 2pm to learn more details!

Apply HERE!


Join our Winter Literacy Club Challenge to qualify to attend a special field trip to Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderfest!

Winter Literacy Club 2017Winter Literacy Program

Calling all Students!

Join our Winter Literacy Challenge and qualify to attend a special field to Navy Pier’s Winter Wonderfest!

We are holding a Program Overview session on Saturday, December 2nd from 1-3pm. Here families will learn about the challenge and receive the materials to complete the challenge, ex. reading logs, book reports templates and receive books to read, if needed.

Remaining sessions will be held after school during tutoring from 4:30-5:30pm:

Monday, December 4th

Wednesday, December 6th

Monday, December 11th

Wednesday, December 13th

At the sessions, students will have dedicated time to read and also receive help with completing their book reports.

If families are not able to attend the sessions in person, they can download the materials  HERE and email to cwmoore@cps.edu on December 6th and December 13th.

Parents, prepare for upcoming parent teacher conferences and learning about your child’s NWEA test results

Hello Parents,

As we all know, next week is parent teacher conference time for Chicago Public Schools:

Wednesday, November 15th, all Elementary students will be out of school and conferences will take place

Thursday, November 16th, all High School students will be out of school and conferences will take place

We wanted to provide some resources to parents so you are prepared with more specific questions to ask the teachers during this time and to also give some insight to the NWEA (Northwestern Evaluation Association) assessment that all elementary students were given at the beginning of the school year. Watch this video first to learn more about the test.

Sometimes the test reports and numbers are confusing and we as parents really only want to know is our child on track and what areas do they need some assistance on. I checked out NWEA’s website, http://www.nwea.org , to get some answers and found these 2 articles to be the most helpful to parents:



This video also gives you a clear understanding of what the NWEA MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) student profile is and how you can use it tracks your child’s academic growth.

Lastly, here are some questions ALL PARENTS can ask teachers at their conferences next week, again taken from this blog post on NWEA’s website:

  1. How do you measure my child’s learning in your classroom? Look for evidence of multiple ways to show evidence of learning.
  2. When will my child’s progress be measured again, or when can I get an update on his growth?
  3. How is my child doing in comparison to grade level expectations? Look for your child to be compared to grade level expectations, not to other children. Look for a variety of assessments to measure your child’s academic growth.
  4. I know that my child is working above grade level; what will he be working on to make sure he continues growing?
  5. I know that my child is working below grade level; what will he be working on to make sure he is growing towards a mastery of grade-level standards?
  6. Does my child need any extra help in any specific areas? Look for a teacher to provide evidence that your child needs extra help and expect specificity.
  7. How can I help my child’s academic growth from home?
  8. What types of strategies are the teachers using that I may be able to reinforce at home?





STEM Undergrad American Indian Students, here’s an opportunity for you!

Attention, Native Undergraduates pursuing degrees in the Sciences, there is an all expense paid opportunity for you to attend the annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative  Biology (SICB)

Apply HERE!

Email: braiello@uchicago.edu for more info