The School Project launches today!

Today sees the launch of The School Project, a new documentary series on the public education system in Chicago.

The transmedia launch includes a sold out live event tonight at 7pm at the Chicago History Museum, online release via and the websites of all our outreach partners, and broadcast on two Chicago TV stations, WTTW and CAN TV.

The series creators are five different Chicago-based production companies: Free Spirit Media, Kartemquin Films, Kindling Group, Media Process Group, Siskel/Jacobs Productions, and freelance producers Rachel Dickson and Melissa Sterne. Outreach partners include WTTW/Channel 11, CAN TV (27), Storycorps, the Chicago Sun-Times, Catalyst Chicago, the Chicago History Museum, We released a statement via Filmmaker Magazine on how we made the collaboration work, through "interdependence rather than hyperindividualism, reciprocity rather than dominance, and cooperation rather than hierarchy."

The kickoff event “Chicago School Reform: Then & Now” will feature a panel moderated by veteran news journalist Carol Marin following the premiere of the documentary’s first segment, “Chicago Schools: The Worst In The Nation?”, produced by Siskel/Jacobs Productions. The moderated panel will engage in a conversation about the city of Chicago’s reform efforts from the mid-1980s through today.

The interactive website,, will allow visitors to watch the documentary and see how it maps to the Chicago Public Schools system. Users can explore news media and content related to individual schools, data trends and demographics, and share their stories and opinions about public school education.

Follow the conversation on Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #TheSchoolProject.