The Community as a Campus (CaaC) education initiative for the Humboldt Park Community Action Council held its first retreat on Saturday, April 28 at the Moos Elementary School. 17 members of the Strategic Planning Committee, representing a wide range of community organizations and educational institutions, participated in the retreat. The purpose of the retreat was to refine the 5-year plan, develop committee structures for the institutes and review work for the full implementation of the initiative. The CaaC is an innovative attempt which is organically driven, and holistic in content to re-do education in the Greater Humboldt Park. It seeks to use the International Baccalaureate (IB) precepts to align curriculum in all the feeder schools to Roberto Clemente Community Academy, as well as other educational settings in the community from pre-school to college and careers. Structurally it is configured within 3 institutes- Parent Popular Institute, Youth Leadership Institute and Teacher-Administrator Institute as well as a Community Engagement Network, which will harness the social capital of the community. The retreat was facilitated by Dr. Teresa Cordova, Director of the University of Illinois Chicago Great Cities Institute, convened by State Rep. Cynthia Soto and hosted by Karime Asaf.
It is significant to note that recently, Moos School was also transformed into an IB Program School.