Alain Locke hosts 20 Teachers from Leading Educators

On October 16 Alain Locke hosted 20 Teacher Leaders from an organization called Leading Educators. The idea behind the school visit was for the Leading Educator Fellows to go well beyond their own institutions to witness for themselves the schools across the country that are ensuring excellent results for kids. Alain Locke was selected for its proven track record in closing the achievement gap by utilizing some of the best educational practices currently exhibited in Chicago.

Leading Educators is a two-year professional development program for teacher leaders. All Fellows work in open enrollment, public schools throughout Greater New Orleans, Kansas City, and Washington, D.C.

School Newsletter October 22, 2014

Writing: An Everyday Activity
Did you know that writing is tied to helping develop reading skills? Make writing a part of your child’s daily life. Try to find ways to encourage writing for enjoyment. Writing is often easier if built off a familiar story. Writing a new version of a fairy tale or a new ending to a story may be a good way to start. Cut out a comic strip and make a new conversation between the characters. Compare them. Do you like your endings better than the authors? Write your own book and draw the pictures to go with it. Using pictures from a family vacation or a trip to the park can be a great way to get kids to write about what they did. You can make a collection of books to add to the home library. These will become family treasures.

Be creative. You will come up with lots of ways to make writing a fun activity for your child and the whole family.

Reading at home with your child is important in helping your child develop the skills necessary to become a successful reader. It can also help build even stronger relationships at the same time. Asking questions about what your child is reading shows that you are interested. By making reading time at home special, you increase the chances your child will see reading at home as an experience s/he doesn’t want to miss.

It is getting colder and colder out each day. Be sure that your child is dressed appropriately (i.e. coat, hat, gloves, scarf, etc.) every day so students are fully prepared to go outside.

Please try not to drop off your child too early so s/he does not have to spend too much time outside in the cold in the mornings. Please keep in mind that school opens daily at 8:00 a.m. for breakfast. There is no adult supervision outside before 8:00 a.m.


Patrick R. Love
Alain Locke Charter School

Principal Patrick Love presenting at the 2014 Illinois Charter School Conference

The 2014 Illinois Charter Schools Conference hosted by the Illinois Network of Charter Schools will take place on Monday, November 3 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.  Mr. Love will be presenting on Alain Locke’s successful transition to implementing the Common Core.

Preparing for PARCC: What does Common Core really mean for our schools?
For months and even years, Common Core has been a national news item, policy debate, and political lightning rod. But at its heart, it is about teaching and learning. What will it mean for students and teachers in Illinois charter schools? This session will feature a national and local perspective on these questions. Sandra Alberti will share her perspective as a national leader in development of state assessments that will measure Common Core standards: where is this being done best and what does it look like? How can schools and districts capture what is best about these standards and avoid the challenges that Common Core detractors warn about? Pat Love, Principal at Alain Locke Charter School, a high performing charter school in Chicago, will share his learnings from Common Core implementation. This session will also look at the differences in a Common Core classroom of today versus a classroom 3-4 years ago, the challenges of Common Core and how others can ramp up their implementation of it.