The New Schools Project builds on Erikson’s longstanding involvement in school improvement efforts in Chicago.

A classic example of this partnership is the reopening of the Daniel Hale Williams Elementary School. After the Chicago Public Schools closed this school in 2002 because of poor performance, Erikson assisted in the effort to hire and train key staff members and transform the school, and continues to provide professional development there.

From that strong start in one school, the New Schools Project was formed in 2005 to expand efforts and apply lessons learned at Williams to more schools. Working with both charter and regular schools — particularly those that are traditionally low-performing—the project helps teachers, administrators, and community members enhance the quality of classroom instruction and improve young children’s engagement in learning. Transforming these schools provides opportunities for young children to experience school success.