The Burnham Plan Centennial - Bold Plans, Big Dreams

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Bold Plans Big Dreams Demonstration Schools

Recognizing an exceptional commitment to make “Chicago progress” central to the Chicago Public Schools’ literacy, social sciences, and social emotional learning curriculum, 32 Chicago Public Schools were competitively selected to participate in a year-long Bold Plans. Big Dreams. Demonstration Schools program that will benefit their students and schools, and serve as models for others throughout the city and region.

Demonstration School Benefits

  • Chicago Learning Resource Collection—books, maps, videos—a $500 collection for the school’s library.
  • Bold Plans Initiative Fund--$1,000 grant for each school to invest in special projects that contribute to greater understanding and commitment to Chicago progress.
  • Recognition as a model for other schools, featured on the Burnham Plan Centennial Web site.
  • Invitation to special Millennium Park recognition event in October 2009.


Demonstration School Commitments

  • Embed Chicago meaningfully in the core curriculum of your school.
  • Organize ways to recognize and support students’ civic commitment.
  • Plan effective use of the Chicago Learning Resource collection.
  • Dedicate teacher planning time to organize and assess instruction aligned with the Bold Plans, Big Dreams vision.
  • Involve parents actively.
  • Connect with other civic resources (museums, libraries, government, community organizations
  • Participate in evaluation process and commit to sustain the initiative.

See all programs of the Bold Plans. Big Dreams Education Initiative

Program Partners

Burnham Plan Centennial Committee

Chicago's civic leaders are rallying around the opportunity to continue the legacy of the Plan of Chicago through the Burnham Plan Centennial Committee, chaired by John Bryan and George Ranney with Adele Simmons as Vice Chair. Staff support is provided ...[MORE]

Chicago Public Schools

The Chicago Public Schools provides its students and their families with high quality instruction, outstanding academic programs, and comprehensive student development support to prepare them for the challenges of the world of tomorrow.[MORE]

Polk Bros. Foundation Center for Chicago Education

The Polk Bros. Foundation Center for Chicago Education at DePaul University is dedicated to expanding the capacity of Chicago Public Schools serving students in poverty-area communities. The emphasis of the Center's work is on the enhancement of teachers through jpreparation ...[MORE]

Burnham Plan Centennial Committee

Contact: Justin Speer,

The Burnham Plan Centennial
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