New Designs for School
New Designs for School

We’ve all had the experience of truly purposeful, authentic learning and know how valuable it is. Educators are taking the best of what we know about learning, student support, effective instruction, and interpersonal skill-building to completely reimagine schools so that students experience that kind of purposeful learning all day, every day.

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Primary Contact Name:
Barton Dassinger
Award Date:
April 2014
Grant Type:
Regional Chicago Planning
Start Date:
Fall 2015
Startup Type:

School: Cesar E. Chávez Multicultural Academic Center
Grades Served: PK-8
Location: 4747 S Marshfield Ave Chicago, IL
Operator: Chicago Public Schools
Operator Type: District
School Type: District
Setting: Urban

Students at Start: 950
Students at Capacity: 950

Hallmark Feature: Mastery-based Learning

This new approach will utilize blended learning to deploy competency-based strategies, allowing students to progress through subjects at their own pace. Chávez will use multiple assessments to measure student individual progress and growth.

  • This blended model will create an environment where students take more ownership of their individual learning experience.
  • This will build on approaches established during Chicago Public Schools’ Additional Learning Opportunities pilot in 2011 and the 2013 Summer Design Program.
  • Chávez will share this system with other district schools, with the hope of scaling successful blended-learning practices.
  • Chávez’s student population is 99 percent low income and 95 percent Hispanic. The school is among the most advanced in Chicago at executing and implementing blended instructional approaches at scale.