Throughout the time, speakers kept calling back to Noble’s big commitments for this school year: excellence, equity, and college readiness.
“Excellence represents what we believe our children deserve, and college readiness represents what we believe our children are capable of. Equity is about us. It’s about just how committed are we to justice, to freedom, and to change for our children of color,” said Jennifer Reid Davis, the Head of Equity & Strategy of Noble Schools.
The rest of the time served to build up Davis’s words and center staff in those principles.
Staff cheered as they watched videos of their peers, students, and parent partners talking about their experiences at Noble Schools and how it made them a better student/teacher/parent. They also watched a video about the 10,000th student we sent to our premiere college experience program, Summer of A Lifetime.
Alex Jimenez, a senior at Noble Street College Prep, went to Georgetown University in D.C. this summer to attend a rigorous medical program. Staff watched snapshots of her performing CPR, attending classes, and hanging out with her peers on campus.
“My overall experience has been amazing. It’s made me learn so many new things, and I’m so grateful for this opportunity,” Alex said in the video, “Summer of A Lifetime has made me even more excited about going to college, and I can’t wait until my first day.”
The event also included a moment to celebrate another one of our important programs – but this one for staff: Noble’s Distinguished Teacher program. All 12 of our 2023 Distinguished Teachers were brought on stage to thunderous applause as they were awarded with their own personalized Chicago Bulls jersey.