Category Archives: In The News

Boyds and King Saladeen Partnership to Benefit CPS!

Missy Dietz, King Saladeen, Alex Gushner, Eric Jones, Kent Gushner

CPS was thrilled to attend the unveiling of a new billboard designed by the artist and West Philadelphia native King Saladeen for Boyd’s in downtown Philadelphia. We look forward to our partnership with Boyd’s and King Saladeen. We are so proud to have Saladeen as a role model for our students. Thanks to everyone who helped us celebrate!

See the article in Billy Penn.

Former CPS Trustees in the News

Mary Ammon and Pastor Keith Williams

Two former CPS Board of Trustee members have recently received recognition for the impact their work has had on the communities they serve.  

Pastor Keith Williams, a founding Trustee of CPS, and senior pastor of Nazarene Baptist Church in North Philadelphia for more than 35 years was awarded the Herschel H. Hobbs Award for Distinguished Denominational Service by Oklahoma Baptist University.  Pastor Williams has served as a faith and lay leader for many organizations throughout his career, and you can read more about this honor and Pastor William’s impressive career here.

Mary Ammon, a former trustee and retired social worker, was recognized for her work in the community and generosity by Temple University’s alumni publication this spring.  Mrs. Ammon spoke about how her family’s values influenced her groundbreaking career, helping to write legislation and create programs to protect vulnerable members of the community, as well as her tremendous sense of philanthropy and generosity.  You can read more about Mrs. Ammon’s career and support of the community here.

We are proud and humbled by the selfless works by members of our CPS family, and we salute them for their well earned recognition!

Board of Trustees Member in the News

CPS Board of Trustees member and tireless advocate for her community, Tonetta Graham, is in the news again. She participated in PlanPhilly and WHYY’s ongoing series presenting research and perspectives on gentrification and development in Philadelphia. We appreciate the contributions Tonetta makes to the neighborhood and the city, as well as those she makes to CPS!


‘We want to see growth’ too: Why Tonetta Graham isn’t worried about Philly hipsters moving into her neighborhood


Head of School attends Klingenstein Fellowship

Congratulations to CPS Head of School Eric Jones for being selected to the 27th class of the Klingenstein Center’s Heads of Schools Program at Columbia University’s Teachers College.

With 19 other Heads from around the US and across 5 continents, Eric explored educational philosophy, leadership for social justice, and the burgeoning field of micro-schools with some of Teachers College’s finest scholars, and traveled all over Manhattan Island visiting a variety of public and private K-12 schools.

“This was, by far, the most robust professional development experience of my career,” Eric recounted. “On top of that, I developed fast friendships with some of the most talented and engaging leaders the independent school community has to offer. What a privilege!”

Big News for CPS Trustee

CPS is proud to announce that Trustee Dr. John L. Jackson, Jr. has been selected as the new Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication at Penn.

When making the announcement, Penn president Amy Gutman wrote, “John Jackson has the experience, vision, and collaborative spirit to help ensure Annenberg’s continued place among the world’s preeminent research and teaching programs in communication.  As a longtime Annenberg faculty member, we know that John will work very well indeed with the School’s faculty, students, staff, and alumni in the years ahead.  We look forward to working with him … to build on Annenberg’s incredible legacy and to chart its ambitious course for the future.”

To learn more about Dr. Jackson, his career and his new role, visit