CME Group Foundation Names New Scholars and Opens Pathways to STEM Fields

CME Group Foundation recently announced the 2022 recipients of its higher education scholarships, which include 18 rising Black and Latinx students majoring in finance, technology, and related fields at 11 partner colleges and universities in Illinois. Each of the recipients have been awarded $20,000 scholarships to further their education. With the addition of this year’s students, CME Group Foundation is currently supporting 35 students through this program.

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Christopher House helps close the opportunity gap through a continuum of personalized education with immersive family supports, starting at birth.

Back to School—Starting the Year Off Strong!

On August 22, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) welcomed back over 300,000 students to start the school year, from Pre-K learners to high school seniors gearing up to graduate. With the district recently reporting a first day attendance rate of 93.4%, a rise from last year of 91%, the school year is off to a strong start. CPS also launched a new Vision Blueprint to help guide the district for the next three years.

The Blueprint builds off the five-year vision for the district, while ‘reimagining’ education based on insights gained during the pandemic. Focusing on learning acceleration, supporting students socially and emotionally, and reconnecting with families will be a critical part of this school year.

One school with strong efforts underway is Christopher House, a CPS charter school and CME Group Foundation grant recipient. In the 2022-23 school year, Christopher House is serving 1,014 students, including 342 early learners in 26 classrooms across three sites in Belmont Cragin, Logan Square, and Uptown.

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The Chicago Public Education Fund Partners with CPS for Innovative School Leadership Program

CME Group Foundation has a long-standing relationship with The Chicago Public Education Fund (The Fund), and most recently supported The Fund with a four-year, $1 million grant to advance educational excellence throughout the city, with a special focus on school leadership. This summer, The Fund partnered with CPS for the 2022 Summer Design Program (SDP), a unique opportunity for school teams to collaborate on summer enrichment programs for a priority group of students.

Building on the success of last year’s SDP, The Fund, and CPS engaged 17 schools, working together with Leadership + Design — a nonprofit collaborative of educators, strategists, and experience designers — to facilitate a series of workshops, which develops a student-centered, empathy-based summer program in one of three focus areas: K-2 Early Literacy, Middle School Math, and High School Readiness for Early College Credit Courses.

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