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INCS Congratulates AGC and Southland College Prep for Winning Federal Grants

INCS Congratulates AGC and Southland College Prep for Winning Federal Grants
to Help Other Schools Adopt Their Successful Programs

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS) congratulates the Academy for Global Citizenship (AGC) in Chicago and Southland College Prep Charter High School in Richton Park for winning federal grants to help share successful programs developed at their schools. Each charter school has been awarded $150,000 by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) through the Charter Schools Program State Educational Agencies Grant. These schools demonstrate how charter school innovation can positively impact other public schools.

The Academy for Global Citizenship will use its grant funds to share its successful dual language model with John Spry Elementary School, a district-run school in Chicago. AGC’s model offers two-way immersion, with native Spanish speakers, native English speakers, and simultaneous bilingual students learning collaboratively so all students learn to read, write, and speak in both languages. AGC will work closely with teachers at its partner school through study cycles, peer coaching, and classroom observations.

Southland College Prep Charter High School will use its grant funds to share its successful college-ready writing program, the Writing Your Future Project, with Matteson District 162. The program helps students express their thoughts succinctly and is the cornerstone of a student’s preparation for college. Southland College Prep Charter High School will work with its partner district to develop and implement a writing curriculum for the third through eighth grades based on core elements of the Writing Your Future Project.

“INCS is thrilled that AGC and Southland College Prep have been selected to share their schools’ best practices with other district-run schools,” said Andrew Broy, president of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools. “One of the promises of the charter model is that schools can pioneer innovative practices that can be shared with other public schools. More students will be positively impacted by this collaboration, and that’s what matters most.”