Dear Perspectives Family,
2020 has presented all of us—our country, our state, our city—with a remarkable set of challenges. From Chicago’s continued struggle with tragic gun violence to the devastating impact of COVID-19 to our national reckoning with racism and social justice, the Perspectives family, too, has grappled with, and continues to grapple with, these important matters.
While Perspectives knows so much work lies ahead, we are incredibly proud of how Perspectives’ scholars and educators and their families have responded to the challenges of the past year. Their resilience and leadership are an inspiring example of Perspectives’ 26 Principles of A Disciplined Life® in action.
Perspectives adapted on-the-fly to deliver remotely on Perspectives’ promise of academic rigor. We reconfigured budgets, deployed devices, and adapted curricula for online instruction. This year, 36.8% of our seniors earned an early college and career credit and 98.7% of our students graduated—all in the midst of a pandemic.
We attribute these successes to the social-emotional learning and holistic support that is not only embedded in our ADL curriculum, but part of our staff culture. Our team prepared and distributed 98,778 healthy meals for our students. Tabitha Jackson, our senior dean at Perspectives/IIT Math & Science Academy, is one example of so many of our caring staff members who went above and beyond to support our students. Read more about Dean Jackson’s efforts here.
These results would not have been possible without the exemplary leadership of our teachers. Perspectives has deep and lasting gratitude for its educators who adapted their in-person instruction for online delivery. For Teacher Appreciation Week, Principal Eron Powell went above and beyond, visiting the homes of each of his staff members with tokens of appreciation. Read more about Principal Powell’s remarkable kindness and generosity here.
We are especially proud that our entire community – Board, Senior Leadership, Educational Staff, Scholars and Families – have coalesced around the important causes of social justice and racial equity. We serve these ends first and always by providing our scholars with a great education. Beyond this, we are committed to a culture of inclusion that respects the unique contributions of every student, teacher and staff member. We are grateful we have the principles of A Disciplined Life to guide us in this incredibly important and necessary work.
2020 also marked a bittersweet milestone for Perspectives. Co-founder, Diana Shulla-Cose will move on at the end of this year to serve as the Founding Executive Director of Lorenzo’s House, which will serve the care needs of patients and families affected by younger-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Diana has been a dynamic leader for Perspectives and tireless advocate for its scholars. We thank her and wish her every success in her important new work.
Mostly, we thank you. Your continued support enables Perspectives to continue providing its scholars with an academically rigorous education and equipping them with the 26 Principles of A Disciplined Life®, tools that will enable them to thrive, serve and lead after they leave Perspectives.