One principal’s resolve to care for his teachers

Welcome to 2019. We know — it came fast for us, too. What’s one principal thinking about in the New Year? Care and support for his teachers, said Chad Adams of Sullivan High School. “There’s old saying my mentor, Dr. Donald Pittman, told me once, 'If you don’t feed the teachers they’ll eat the kids.' It’s a metaphor for teachers, and teachers like all professionals need things. If you listen to them to understand them, they will clearly articulate what their needs are.”

Here’s what else Adams had to say about his approach to the job this year. 

Speaking of revolutions around the sun, it’s resolution time. We’re taking a brief poll of educators: After some refresh and refocus, what do you plan to do differently in your classroom in 2019? Please tell us in this quick survey. We’ll share the responses in a future story. 


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The Week in Review

Year in review: On the eve of her year anniversary, Chicago schools chief Janice Jackson sat down with Chalkbeat to discuss her accomplishments so far — and what she has left to do. Chalkbeat explains.

Sobering statistics: Nearly half of Chicago’s schools are under-enrolled, according to new data. Some critics think more attention should be paid to the method of calculation. Chalkbeat looks at the numbers.

Et tu, Toni? Toni Preckwinkle, the mayoral candidate backed by the Chicago Teachers Union, just got dragged into Ed Burke’s federal corruption case. The Chicago Tribune connects the dots.

A bang not a whimper: Nicholas Schuler, the inspector general of Chicago schools, kicked off the New Year with his list of investigations into schools. On the litany of wrongdoing: teachers and staff convicted of a variety of crimes from firearm violations to selling Valium, WBEZ reports.

Looking Ahead

Chicago schools re-open for business on Monday. Before the break, we asked dozens of students to tell us what they think the city’s next mayor should do to improve schools. Here’s a short video highlighting what they said. 

The next Chicago Board of Education meeting is January 23.


Make 2019 the year you give yourself extra credit: A reminder that we’re singling out awesome deeds from educators, students, and community organizations here. Tell us about your accomplishment at