Hello Citizens Family!

This is Kareemah Williams. I’m the Director of Community Engagement and Enrollment. I’m also a proud parent of two former Citizens Academy scholars, who are now in college!

As I shared with you last month, I am writing to all of our Citizens 4th & 5th grade families about the exciting transition to Citizens Leadership middle schools. This month I would like to tell you about the Celebration of Learning at the Citizens Leadership Academy middle schools:

At the Citizens Leadership Academy middle schools, students focus on essential questions and dig deep into issues that matter to our community.  Students examine these essential questions through service learning, conducting research, interviewing community members, and having quest experts come in to talk to the students.  The Celebration of Learning (CoL) is a culmination of the deep dive students have completed during the semester.  It is an exciting time for scholars to bring their families and community members into the learning environment and give them a glimpse into everything they learned throughout the semester.  It is also a great opportunity to see their teaching on display and to engage with families about upcoming work.

Celebration of Learning









During the semester, students learn collaboration skills and the importance of working toward a long-term goal.  The celebration begins with students welcoming family, community members, and those that helped them to complete their projects into the school, followed by a student-led program, and concludes with student presentations of their projects.  The goal is for students to produce evidence of high-quality work.  This past fall, sixth-grade scholars shared with their families a math cookbook they created during CoL. In English, the students finished the novel, Wonder, and created kindness rocks that will be placed throughout the community to promote a stronger sense of kindness. Scholars in science created elements designed for a superhero’s ability, and in social studies, they created a playable board game using their knowledge of ancient civilizations to complete the game. In 7th grade social studies, the students researched a topic on the fall of the feudal system and created podcasts to share their information with their peers and the broader community. In science, they researched a major storm and created a news broadcast story.  The spring semester will also culminate in a CoL, so be sure to attend and learn more about the learning taking place at the CLA middle schools.

Learn more about CLA middle schools at these upcoming events:

January 15th CAE PAC – Topic: What is EL Education?  Reminder about the enrollment process + enrollment opportunity

January 17th CA PAC – Topic: What is EL Education?  Reminder about the enrollment process + enrollment opportunity

January 24th CAS PAC – Topic: What is EL Education?  Reminder about the enrollment process + enrollment opportunity

And, of course, if you ever have any questions about anything related to Enrollment or Engagement, let me know.

Thanks so much for your time, and for your commitment to your child’s education. I can attest personally, even though some days are tough, it’s worth it in the long run.

All the best,


Kareemah Williams
Parent of Two Breakthrough Alum (now in college!)
Former Board Member of Citizens Academy
Former Board Member of Breakthrough Schools
Current Managing Director of Enrollment & Engagement
(216) 367-5720 | kwilliams@breakthroughschools.org