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The below post was written by Ellen Metz – Head of Schools at Noble 澳门太阳城官网. For 13 years, Metz served at Noble’s original campus Noble Street College Prep in a variety of roles, including teacher, assistant principal and then principal. This school year kicks off Ellen’s second year overseeing all 18 of Noble’s campuses.

In 1999, Noble’s work began with parents as Noble Street opened its doors in service to roughly 120 Chicago families willing to believe in a school that didn’t have a building yet. During the early years of Noble, there were three stakeholder groups working in partnership with each other in pursuit of an excellent Noble education: parents, students and staff. As time passed, the partnership of these three stakeholders continues though it’s been strengthened with the addition of alumni and supporters. Twenty years later, the work of revising and enhancing our handbook also began with parents. 

Beginning in November of 2018, each of these key stakeholder groups caucused and ultimately partnered to create the 2019-2020 Student and Parent Handbook 500 Internal Server Error

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After parents weighed in, I began to meet with students and staff directly about their concerns and ideas. These stakeholder input sessions occurred concurrently with other crucial working groups across Noble, including the Retention Steering Committee and DEI Steering Committee. 

Overarching themes that emerged from these committees were rooted in the ‘and.’ Love and high expectations. Significant changes were suggested and since implemented that include a revision of Noble’s discipline promotion policy and transfer policy. The members on this committee were tasked with upholding the best parts of Noble while boldly naming where Noble needed to evolve. 

When the input from all of these streams combined, what emerged was the most progressive handbook in Noble’s twenty year history. Changes in promotion policy, dress code and exclusionary discipline will make our schools more inclusive and better poised to drive equitable outcomes and experiences for students.  

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