Category Archives: Paige Gillig

Primary Research- Contacts.

Polk Bros Foundations

Funds nearly every progr¬am below

The Polk Bros. Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life for the people of Chicago. We partner with local nonprofit orga¬nizations that work to reduce the impact of poverty
and provide area residents with better access to quality education, preventive health care and basic human services. Through our grant making, we strive to make Chicago a place where all
people have the opportunity to reach their full potential.

Program Director for Education, Suzanne Doornbos Kerbow

The Federation for Community Schools

Provides a collaborative platform for all the initiatives below. Also analysizes their data and helps
sustain them.
Communications & Development Associate, Lauren Woodham

Data Analyst, Kallie Clark

Community Schools Initiative (CSI)

Fun provider and main initiative

The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) manages the largest community schools system in the nation, known as the Community Schools Initiative (CSI). Awarded by the Coalition for Community Schools in 2006 with the Community Schools National Award for Excellence, CSI has launched more than 200 schools, in partnership with nearly 50 lead non-profit organizations, that
serve as hubs of their communities to meet students’ and families’ academic and non-academic needs to develop educated citizens and strengthen local neighborhoods.

Community Schools Initiative
125 South Clark Street, 12th Floor
(773) 553-1766

Email for a few folks to come participate and from there choose more

Community in Schools

outreach for 156 schools

Executive Director—Jane Mentzinger
*ask for a few folks


Enlace Chicago is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of the residents
of the Little Village Community by fostering a physically safe and healthy environment in which to live and by championing opportunities for educational advancement and economic development.

The Little Village Community continues to be one of Chicago’s most densely populated neighborhoods with a high percentage of youth. However, it also continues to be one of the communities with the least amount of green space per capita.
The working-class residents of the Little Village community quietly support the way of life of all Chicagoans. Our residents staff restaurants throughout the city. They provide daily assistance as laborers in industries like manufacturing, landscaping, service, and construction. Yet our residents do not have access to the same opportunities available to those who employ them.
Neighborhood schools fall below state standards. Children play on the streets due to a lack of parks, playgrounds, and green space. Residents must consistently face the violence that sporadically erupts between gangs. Enlace Chicago works to improve these conditions through a preventative and proactive approach that strengthens our families, our neighborhood, and thereby, our city.

Director—Fanny Diego

Community Schools—
Eli Whitney Elementary School
Francisco Madero Middle School
Farragut Career Academy High School
*Little Village Lawndale High School Campus
Rosario Castellanos Elementary School

Notes—They have nonfunctioning embedded calendars, little adult programming outside of Lawndale High School and overall decreasing programming.

Secondary Synthesis

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Chicago has been attempting to reform it’s education system in the last ten years by relying more on test scores, syllabus standardization and the privatization of schools. This has inevitably left schools with the decreasing scores, increasing debt and less community autonomy over facilities. As a result, Chicago Public Schools have begun focusing more on social factors that may effect a child’s schooling and have realized that the gap between minority and white students is widening from 35% gap in 2001, to a 47% in 2007. For many students, school may be a sanctuary of resources and so the facilities need to be able to develop them culturally. Community involvement in schools overall increases public opinion of the environment, test scores, and behavioral evaluations equally in minority and white students, which is the foundation of a strong community. New initiatives, such as CPS’ Community School Initiatives, and other grassroots programs successfully aim to create schools as a center of community for all ages. Chicagoans should be shown how their direct involvement within schools vastly improves program sustainability and functionality. This will hopefully represent students as more than a test score and innervate citizens to actively participate.


How is the school day partitioned?

What is your personalized perspective of school or initiative’s mission statement?

To what extent is your group able to fulfill its mission and what has been the most successful aspect and biggest fault?

How has your school or initiative developed since its origination?

How long does the school stay open for alternative events after class time and how is the attendance usually?

How do you incentive participation and contribution?

Can you describe some of the social dynamics in your community and your organization’s response?

What means of networking with user do you use?

Response Critical Visualization by Peter Hall

I’m not very good at reading responses. Formulating my opinion about what I just read and forgot what I read isn’t easy for me. So I will at least start with what I learned and took away from this article. I thought Ware’s five-point case for the advantages of visualization was significant because visualization helps us comprehend large amounts of data; allows us to perceive emergent properties we may not have anticipated; it can reveal problems within the data; facilitates our understanding of large and small-scale features; and it helps us form hypotheses. I think these are all important to the process of data gathering and solution finding.

Using information visualization is also a great way to tell a story. You are able to see trends in data and what happened to your subject over a given amount of time. This may work for you and give you a clear direction to head in or it may go against your original hypothesis and cause you to take a deeper look at the subject at hand.

I also thought it was very interesting about how color if used well can enhance your information visualition, but it must be used correctly. It needs to highlight the most important information and used wisely when introduced globally. Colors can have different meanings between different countries.

And my project research…

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Data visualisation of a social network
Felix Heinen
Project Description:
For his final year project in information design, Felix Heinen created an amazing set of visualizations of different aspects of a social network. Two big (200 x 90 cm – 80 x 36 inches) posters show the variety and attitudes of members from an internet community like MySpace.On the first poster you can see the functions used, as well as additional information, such as age, educational background, family status, gender and how often they are logged in. In a glimpse, a view into the key demographic data available for every member’s profile.The second poster gives you an overview of the geographic location of all members, based on a world map. The aim was to provide the management team with a visualization tool that would allow a better understanding of the community members, rather than a just a simple scan of their database. Felix has also developed a flash based interactive tool that allows users to navigate through all the collected data.


Neighborhood Crime Rates

Crime in Chicago by month from 2001 to present
Crime is on a continual downfall but each year it always spikes in July.
July 2014 Reports.
Violent Crimes 2,249.
Property Crimes 8,418
Quality of Life Crimes 5,208

Crime Rates by Neighborhood
Crime rates vary between the different neighborhoods within Chicago.
N Sheridan Rd / W Wilson Ave is an are of high crime.

Safest Neighborhood in Chicago
Crime rates in a neighborhood can depend on household income.


Rank    Neighborhood        Crime rate* per 100,000

1     Edison Park                   921
2     Forest Glen                   994
3     Mount Greenwood     1,016
4     Norwood Park             1,188
5     Dunning                       1,502