Auburn Gresham bold goal

By 2027, see 80 percent of third-grade students read at or above grade level.

Where we’ve been

The Auburn Gresham Neighborhood is working to improve the overall climate of its five community schools, to engage parents and to strengthen community partnerships.

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School improvement and parent engagement

  • Student attendance has improved at Auburn Gresham GOLD partner schools.
  • The proportion of students reading at or above grade level has increased from 37 percent to 38 percent.
  • A network of teachers across five partner schools was created to discuss best practices for literacy efforts.
  • Resource coordinators were hired at all five schools and are working to connect families to various social services.

Strengthening community partnerships

  • Barton Elementary School opened a health center to support children and families.
  • Auburn Gresham GOLD schools expanded health services and social emotional supports to more than 200 students in the past year.
  • The Network partnered with local service providers to create a mobile resource fair to support students and families in all Auburn Gresham GOLD schools.

Where we’re going

The Auburn Gresham Neighborhood Network will continue to focus on literacy training for pre-K through third-grade students and on providing families access to comprehensive social supports.

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Literacy training and school improvement

  • A shift in policy has enabled five neighborhood schools to share the same curriculum. This will provide consistency for students who move.
  • The Network received a $75,000 grant, called the Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline, that supports bringing high quality, culturally responsive teachers to Auburn Gresham GOLD schools.

Access to social supports

  • A $100,000 grant was awarded to support a school-based health center and satellite center at Cook Elementary.
  • The Siemer Institute initiative was launched to support consistent education for homeless children and support for their parents.

Hear from your neighbors and supporters

Alene Mason

Principal, Scott Joplin Elementary School

“We are trying to build model schools by sharing resources in order to take all of our schools to the next level. What keeps me excited about this work is regardless of what school a child goes to, as long as it’s an Auburn Gresham GOLD school, I know they will have a quality education.”

Pat Canning

Board Chair, United Way of Metro Chicago; Chicago Managing Partner, KPMG

“At KPMG, we believe in United Way’s model as a catalyst to help fuel agencies who can make the greatest impact on improving lives in Chicago. We recognize it will take a sustained effort over time to really move the needle. That’s why we are proud to have made a five year pledge to support the Neighborhood Network Initiative.”

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