Communication Action Councils (CACs) consist of 25-30 voting members who are directly involved in developing a strategic plan for the educational success within their communities. CAC members include parents; elected officials; faith-based institutions, health care and community-based organizations; Local School Council (LSC) members; business leaders; educators and school administrators; staff members from Chicago's Sister Agencies; community residents; and students. 

There are nine CACs across Chicago. Each works to empower the community they serve to lead the improvement of local quality education. Specifically, they work to:

  • Inform parents and community members about the performance and utilization of schools in their neighborhood and the priorities and initiatives of the CPS central office
  • Engage community stakeholders in developing strategies to improve schools through regular meetings, sub-committees, and community dialogues
  • Connect schools, students, and families to various community resources
  • Devise a strategic plan to improve their communities' educational oppurtunities
  • Provide guidance in developing and recommending a community vision for a cradle-to-college/career pipeline to the CEO and the Board of Education

CAC Ambassadors Roles and Responsibilities
  • Attends and actively participates in monthly meetings
  • Review school data to develop academic improvement initiatives
  • Develop Annual Educational Strategic Plan to improve schools
  • Actively participates in CAC committee meetings and initiative outside of the monthly meetings
  • Provide community perspective on critical CPS initiatives and policies related to school improvement strategies
  • Recruit Judge and Candidates for LSC elections
  • Attend Annual CAC Conferences

The following is a list of the CACs and their meeting schedules for the 2018-2019 school year. These meetings are open to the public and participation is encouraged. For more information about the Bronzeville, Humboldt Park East and West CACs contact Carl Hurdlik at 773-259-0643. For the Austin, Englewood, and North Lawndale CACs contact Adrienne Garner at 773-490-9326. For Far South/Roseland contact Thyatria Towns at 773-255-2461. For South Shore contact Chasda Martin at 773-255-9278, for Hyde Park contact Syda Taylor at 773-294-4534. 

2nd  Tuesdays of the month @5:30pm
All meetings at Michelle Clark HS ( 5101 W. Harrison)

2nd Mondays of the month @6pm
All meetings at Chicago Urban League (4510 S. Michigan Ave)

4th Thursdays of the Month @6pm
All meetings at Chicago Urban League (4510 S. Michigan Ave)

Far South/ Roseland
3rd Tuesdays of the month @6pm
All meetings at Metropolitan Family Services (235 E. 103rd St)

Humboldt Park - East (www.humboldtparkportal.org)
2nd & 4th Thursdays of the month @3:30pm
All meetings at Roberto Clemente High School ( 1147 N. Western Ave)

Humboldt Park - West (www.humboldtparkportal.org)
2nd Mondays of the month @ 12pm
All meetings at Chicago Commons- Nia Family Center (744 N. Monticello Ave)

Hyde Park
4th Wednesdays of the month @5pm
All meetings at the 10th District CPD (3315 W. Ogden Ave)

North Lawndale/NLCCC
4th Wednesdays of the month @5pm
All meetings at the 10th District CPD (3315 W. Ogden Ave)

South Shore
3rd Thursday of the month @6pm
All meetings at South Shore Fine Arts (1415 E. 70th Street)