Can Geoffrey Canada's education-reform blueprint transform public school in Chicago?
Can Geoffrey Canada's education-reform blueprint transform public school in Chicago? Canada, the CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone and one of the stars of the education documentary Waiting for Superman, is set to add his two cents to the Second City's education reform conversation by keynoting "Be a Superhero for Education," an education summit hosted by the United Way of Chicago on Wednesday, November 17.
Laura Thrall, the CEO of the United Way, told Chicago's Fox 11 that her organization's involvement came about because they're the social action partner for the documentary Waiting for Superman. Thrall says nothing will change in Chicago schools by pointing fingers, and the summit isn't out to pit teachers unions against charter school advocates. Instead, with only 54 percent of the city's high school students graduating, Thrall wants to, "bring people together, connect the dots," and get schools fixed.