In 2015, New Schools for Chicago CEO Daniel Anello joined the inaugural class of Presidential Leadership Scholars (PLS)—a collaborative program between the presidential centers of Lyndon B. Johnson, George H.W. Bush, William J. Clinton, and George W. Bush. The program brings together emerging and innovative leaders to hone leadership skills, build capacity, and incubate diverse projects fueled by a core principle of PLS—values-based leadership.
When New Schools for Chicago re-launched in 2015, our early thinking around a new parent and community empowerment initiative, now Kids First Chicago
, was incubated through Daniel’s participation in PLS.
“It was an amazing space to learn and grow both personally and professionally. The program also helped shape some of the early thinking behind Kids First Chicago, as well as pushed me to be more open about why this work is so important to me personally.”
–Daniel Anello, CEO, New Schools for Chicago
This month Daniel was invited to share his personal story
at the George W. Bush Center’s inaugural Forum on Leadership.
At the core of Kids First Chicago is the fundamental belief that all kids deserve access to a high-quality education and the recognition that those closest to the heart of an issue can and should have an equal seat at the table when devising solutions that impact their communities and families. Since launching Kids First Chicago, our team has:
- Engaged 5,192 parents, students, and community members
- Advocated for a single application for high schools, providing 26,000 8th grade students fairer access to high-quality schools this school year
- Provided free enrollment services to 1,165 students and their families, where 82% of applications went to Level 1 or 1+ rated schools
Daniel’s story taps into what inspires each of us in our daily work and embodies our organizational commitment to ensuring that every child, regardless of race, zip code or family means, has access to the type of education that prepares her or him for success in life.
Thank you for helping us achieve our shared vision for Chicago public education.
-The New Schools for Chicago Team