Blog

HSC’s blog is here to help you stay up to date on the movement for healthier schools. Visit often to read about exciting work in Chicago and across the country.

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September 30, 2016

Update: ESSA Implementation in Illinois
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September 30, 2016

Eating Local with CPS in October
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September 29, 2016

Why Smart Snacks Are So Sneaky
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September 28, 2016

Extending the Classroom with a School Garden
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September 23, 2016

More Certification, Less Chemicals at Montgomery College
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September 23, 2016

Cooking up Change at Home: Red Beans and Rice
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September 22, 2016

Parents United at 10: Parent-Led Wellness Teams
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September 20, 2016

Are You Ready for Cooking up Change? Chicago Culinary Students Are!
September 12, 2016

Wadsworth Elementary School, construction, Space to Grow, green infrastructure, SPACE TO GROW: GREENING CHICAGO SCHOOLYARDS Space to Grow is an innovative program led by Healthy Schools Campaign and Openlands to transform Chicago schoolyards, Space to Grow, green infrastructure, SPACE TO GROW: GREENING CHICAGO SCHOOLYARDS Space to Grow is an innovative program led by Healthy Schools Campaign and Openlands to transform Chicago schoolyards into vibrant outdoor spaces that benefit students, community members and the environment. Schoolyard renovations prioritize physical activity, play, learning, exploration and community engagement. The green schoolyards also incorporate landscape features that capture a significant amount of rainfall, helping keep the city's water resources clean and resulting in less neighborhood flooding. Space to Grow uses a unique model that brings together capital funds and leadership from Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Department of Water Management, and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Common elements of Space to Grow projects: turf fields for sports and play, play equipment for younger and older students, outdoor classroom areas, rain gardens with native plants, vegetable gardens, benches and seating throughout.

September 20, 2016

Three New Space to Grow Schoolyards Are Under Way!
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September 16, 2016

Making Chicago Schools Healthier with Play
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September 15, 2016

Developing a Framework for State Implementation of ESSA
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September 14, 2016

Principal Carey Leads Cather on a Healthy Path
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September 14, 2016

HSC’s Rosa Ramirez Richter Wins Award from Alma Mater
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September 12, 2016

How a School Is Cleaned Might Be Affecting Attendance
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September 8, 2016

ISBE Is Hitting the Road
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September 7, 2016

How NYC Schools Addressed Chronic Absenteeism
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September 7, 2016

A New Report Analyzes Chronic Absenteeism Data
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September 6, 2016

How Schools Can Reduce Chronic Absenteeism
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September 2, 2016

Parents United at 10: The Founding Moment
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September 1, 2016

Five Data Sources to Identify Health-Related Causes of Absenteeism
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August 31, 2016

Addressing Chronic Absenteeism and Trauma in Oregon
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August 29, 2016

Five Health-Related Causes of Chronic Absenteeism
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August 29, 2016

Celebrating a Breakfast Victory in Illinois
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August 25, 2016

It Takes a Village to Address Mental Health Issues