Anyone else get this invitation?

November 2, 2010

Dear Mathissexy (obviously it used my real name):

As Chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago (CCC), I am constantly seeking new and innovative opportunities to build partnerships that will help ensure student success.  I’ve come across something that I think will challenge our thinking and spark some deep discussion about our education system as we begin the process of reinventing the City Colleges of Chicago.

You may have heard or even seen the recently released movie, “Waiting for Superman.”  It’s a deeply personal exploration of the current state of public education in the U.S. and how it is affecting our children. We have partnered with United Way of Metro Chicago and will host a private viewing of this movie. I would like to personally invite you to this screening as well as to be an audience participant in the panel discussion that will take place immediately after the movie. This will be a great opportunity for us to collectively acknowledge the many problems faced by students then hear some of the solutions to these issues from the panel, and how we can address the situation from a CCC Reinvention perspective.

Please join me and the CCC leadership team at this outing on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at the ShowPlace ICON  Theater, 150 West Roosevelt Road. This special screening will start at 11:30 a.m., with the panel discussion ending by 2:30 p.m.  This event is invite only.  A tickets is required for attendance and will be forwarded to Presidents and Vice-Chancellors for distribution.  You will need to provide your own transportation to and from the venue.  Free parking is available.

Please rsvp by Monday, November 8, 2010 to Cheiko High @

I look forward to sharing this experience with you.


Cheryl L. Hyman


25 thoughts on “Anyone else get this invitation?

  1. I got it but I teach at that time. I, respectfully, declined. I would have liked to be a part of the conversation. It is a bit of a weird time to have it, as most of us are teaching at that time and it is a little hypocritical to leave our classes to discuss the problems with education.

    • I replied to the e-mail yesterday and told them that I’d be willing to come if I could bring my class. I’ve yet to receive a reply.

  2. I think that everyone who received the invitation should go. Let them pay substitutes and give us conference leave. We should go en masse to show our support for education – education as it should be – determined by faculty, not government or administration. It will be an experience we can bring back to our classrooms.

    • The point is that I don’t want a substitute in my class. Teaching time is precious and I often feel that students “lose time” when there is a substitute. I’ve already seen the movie, so I can already bring the information back to my class. I would encourage everyone to see it, when they have an opportunity- but not during class time.

  3. I don’t know if I’m happy or sad that I didn’t get an invite. However, I agree with Jen and would not like to miss my class at this juncture of the semester. If any of you “chosen” ones get to go please let us know what occurred. If you are interested in this subject you may be interested in the Michelle Rhee recent article in the Wall Street Journal.

  4. Freaky times. I got the invitation and thought it was one more item in an already long list of weird events. I am teaching and will NOT go. How bizarre that only some got it; I wonder how they decided who would get this precious invitation.

    • How can you not be invited? There is no justice in the world. Perhaps the ubiquitous “they” have found out your ill-kept secret identity and have decided you are a rabble-rouser and not to be trusted with their world-changing agenda meeting. Cowards.

      • See, I must be simple-minded.
        I just figured that they sent my invite to Donna Richardson by accident when they left the ‘2’ off the email address.

        Maybe we can get a screening together of Race to Nowhere and then invite everyone from the District Office with an extension that is evenly divisible by 3.

        • You are a genius. I’m still working out that extension divisible by 3. Let’s see, three gozinta three…. I’m working on it.

  5. All CCC employees and students who applied to be part of the reinvention committees were considered. Since there is limited seating in the theater, not everyone who applied received an invitation. The audience will include faculty, staff, students, and administration.


    • Thanks, Gladys!

      (I have to admit that a part of me is disappointed that Ping Pong balls with numbers were not involved, though.)
      Any info on who will be sitting on the Panel?


    • Thanks Gladys. Do you know who the panel will consist of? Also, do you know why 11:30 on a Wednesday was the chosen time (I’m leaving out the subject here because I’m not sure who made the list.) Who made this list? The chancellor, the vice chancellors, college presidents and VP’s? I’m just curious. I mean no disrespect but…

      Since there is limited seating in the theater, not everyone who applied received an invitation. The audience will include faculty, staff, students, and administration.

      Again I wonder about who decided on these particular attendees given that hundreds applied to be part of the reinvention. I’m not rabble rousing. I’m just trying to get all the facts, especially if I’m going to abandon my class (which I’d rather not do obviously) and attend this event.

    • I didn’t apply to be a part of the reinvention process, but was invited, so it must have been a different set of criteria.

  6. Get over it guys!
    “Many are viewed,few are CHOSEN”. Are the chosen maybe recommended by our fearless leaders?.Perhaps the lottery was an random e-search (peoplesoft) remember it is all about doing it all technologically.

      • Jaded didn’t cite it either—(sound of snarky snort)…thank you, thank you everybody. I’m here all week. (Smooches, UsuallyConfused; just teasing–couldn’t help myself).

  7. Got invited but i’m not going … what’s up with taking teachers and students to “movie date” during the day time — and at the same time with our annual trnasfer fair ??

    Come on .

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