Bowman returns to Erikson from Chicago Public Schools

This article appeared in the Summer 2012 issue of Erikson on Children under the headline “Homecoming.” More from this issue »

Barbara Bowman, the Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development, left Chicago Public Schools after serving eight years as its chief early childhood education officer.

Image: Barbara T. Bowman

Professor Barbara T. Bowman

Bowman made significant strides toward increasing the quality of Chicago’s early childhood classrooms. Among her greatest accomplishments was successfully advocating for investments in early childhood, gaining $10.5 million in research grants to improve teaching.

During her tenure, she devoted 60 percent of her time to CPS and the remainder to Erikson.

Bowman’s departure was announced at the Chicago Board of Education meeting in April. In the meeting video below, Bowman is honored beginning at 4:45.

Press play to watch the Board of Education April meeting.

Board members read letters from President Barack Obama, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

An excerpt from Secretary Duncan’s letter captures the general sentiment:

“On behalf of America’s schoolchildren and parents, policymakers and educators, I congratulate you and thank you for your lifetime of work in early learning.”

Bowman resumed her full-time faculty position at Erikson on June 30, 2012. In addition to teaching, she will focus on the development of special research and community engagement projects.