CME Group Foundation Reduces Computer Science Deserts

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) kicked off the new school year with more funds for in-school and after-school computer science programs. CME Group Foundation awarded nearly $1 million in grants to CPS and local nonprofits for computer science programs with the goal of reducing "computer science deserts" in Chicago.

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Meet the New CME Group Foundation Scholars

Twenty-five college students are headed back to school with new scholarships from CME Group Foundation. Each selected student received up to $20,000 to further their studies in finance or technology – skills needed to take on the jobs of the future in global derivatives markets that CME Group operates.

We're dedicated to investing in students because they are crucial to our success and future economic well-being.

Kassie Davis
Executive Director of CME Group Foundation

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Doing the Math

Research shows that a strong grasp of math concepts at an early age is a major predictor of success later in school and in life. However, we know that many elementary students do not experience math with joy and authenticity, nor do their teachers. Too few elementary teachers receive the training and support they need to deliver joyful and authentic instruction to their students. As a result, too many students lack opportunities for effective math learning.

CME Group Foundation is honored to be highlighted as a model to learn from in 100Kin10’s new report “Doing the Math: Building a Foundation of Joyful and Authentic Math Learning for All Students.” The report offers a fresh analysis of the issues surrounding foundational math - including a focus on the highest-leverage places for change - and spotlights models and immediate actions that offer clear strategies.

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What New Research Can Teach Schools Looking to Put Personalized Learning into Practice

Amy Huang, Senior Director of Programs at LEAP Innovations in Chicago, discusses a study from the Wisconsin Evaluation Cooperative, located in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at UW-Madison's School of Education. The study of personalized learning in Chicago unpacks how schools can successfully implement personalized learning, highlighting four common practices.

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College to Career Success

In addition to the new CME Group Foundation Scholars program, the Foundation provides operating support grants to a number of nonprofit organizations that work with Chicago’s low-income and minority students. These organizations ensure post-secondary degree or certification attainment and a transition to a strong first job in the field in which they majored. The Foundation also supports research and policy organizations serving that goal. These select organizations have a track record of success in providing research that is needed and utilized by the field and/or successful policy work that has advanced priorities of the post-secondary and career success fields.

Congratulations to our 2019 grantees!

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CME Group Foundation supported seven Chicago Public Schools teachers with a scholarship to attend the national Computer Science Teachers Association annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona.

Congratulations Melissa Cobian, Charity Freeman, Cynthia Liligan, Daniel Ravury, Erica Roberts, Kathryn Ronzai and Michael Tyler.




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