Our Partnership

Innovation is the foundation of everything we do.

We are advancing tomorrow’s healthcare breakthroughs and delivery. We take a hands-on approach to develop the next generation of scientists, engineers and health care professionals by supporting teachers and STEM education, serving as mentors in our communities, and creating diverse learning opportunities in the sciences.

OCEP’s mission is to promote, build capacity for, and engage in actionable scholarship and partnerships that improve learning and well-being in our home communities of Evanston and Chicago, and beyond.

Situated within the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP) at Northwestern University, OCEP’s mission stands on three pillars: scholarship, infrastructure and capacity building, and community partnerships. OCEP works to bridge the research, practice, and service missions of SESP and Northwestern University to create initiatives and partnerships that positively impact our home communities of Evanston and Chicago, but that can be shared and scaled far beyond.

Lindblom Math & Science Academy is one of nine selective enrollment high schools in the Chicago Public Schools system, District 299.

Lindblom is located in West Englewood on Chicago’s South Side and draws the best students from all areas of the city. Their student body is approximately 97% minority and approxi- mately 80% low-income. Lindblom offers a demanding college preparatory curriculum where all core courses are honors and Advanced Placement. Through a dynamic curriculum, incorporating unique math and science opportunities, their mission is to empower students to become independent think- ers in a collaborative learning environment. They will nurture each student’s contributions to local and global communities by promoting personal responsibility, service, and intellectual and social growth.

Round Lake is a public four-year high school serving the community of Round Lake, a northern suburb of Chicago.

Round Lake is a public four-year high school serving the community of Round Lake, a northern suburb of Chicago. The student body is approximately 84% minority and 61% low-income with a total population of around 2,100 students. Round Lake stands out as a leader within the Chicago-land area for its innovative approaches to instruction, such as the school-wide implementation of competency-based learning, integration of independent and collaborative work spaces, and flexible scheduling allowing upper-level students to also enroll in college level courses.