Teacher in the library program expands to all Chicago Public Library locations


While the Logan Square, WestTown and Bucktown/Wicker Park branch Chicago Public Libraries have been “Teacher in the Library” sites since they opened, all neighborhood branches will have a teacher, as announced by Mayor Emanuel and Library Commissioner Brian Bannon.

Through partnerships with local universities, undergraduate education students will be brought into an additional 21 library locations to assist children with their homework during after school hours.

All three of our local branches have found the program to be positive for the students and the library. Students have an additional resource for information and help in a safe place and they are getting used to visiting the libraries.  Though WestTown is in transition to a new teacher, Logan Square's teacher is a substitute teacher while the Bucktown/Wicker Park branch has a lawyer who is getting a teacher's certificate.

“The Library is adding to the extensive resources available to help elementary and high school students understand and complete their homework assignments. On the other hand, college students are obtaining hands-on-experience that can be applied towards teacher certification,” said Bannon.

To support this goal, the Library will work with local university teacher certification programs, as well as other higher education programs with service learning requirements. University of Illinois at Chicago was the first education school to sign on to this innovative program expansion.

“We have always appreciated the fine programs offered by the Chicago Public Library and are grateful to be given the opportunity to partner with Teacher in the Library. This will offer our students a great opportunity to gain hands-on community service while working with a well-respected institution,” said Cynthia Shanahan, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Executive Director, Council on Teacher Education, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Education.

The program is privately funded through gifts to the Chicago Public Library Foundation, placing certified teachers in high-need neighborhoods to provide after school homework assistance. This program has grown from 10 to 57 library locations since 2005, and is an effective and highly valued way to help children learn for success.

The Teacher in the Library program in Chicago serves 58,000 kids through 120,000 homework help interactions each year.





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