The Great Expectations Mentoring (GEM) Program exists as a pipeline for equipping and advancing African American male and Latinx (male and female) educational leaders in Chicago Public Schools for the next stage on their leadership and equity journey.
During the 10 month program, GEM fellows work closely with district leaders to practice leadership skills, develop equity lenses, and connect with GEM mentors and other innovators in order to operationalize their own transformation in relation to their school and district work. The mentoring program connects participants with people who can help them test ideas, reflect on their own practices, model and affirm practices and approach and navigate challenging situations.
Eligibility: African-American males and Latinx males/females who are CPS Assistant Principals, Principals and central office Managers
Influences others to positive action: Mentors equip mentees with the skills necessary to influence their peers and allow them to impact change throughout the district.
Strategizes and drives for results to maximize impact: Mentees learn best practices and strategy from their mentors who serve as leaders within the district. Mentors will instill a need for maximizing productivity, innovation, and impact.
Fosters trusting relationships to enable productive change: Both mentors and mentees build strong relationships throughout the program. Mentees will develop skills to lead teams and instill a value in trust and collaboration.
Adapts and shows resilience to create solutions: Both mentors and mentees identify as coming from historically marginalized ethnic origins. Mentors share their experiences to inspire mentees to persevere when faced with adversity and to always have a solutions oriented approach.