FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 06/03/19
M. René Islas
Chief External Relations Officer
MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT APPOINTS AMY ROME TO CHICAGO BOARD OF EDUCATION
Leading Educators President brings more than 20 years of service within CPS to governing body
CHICAGO, IL – Today, new Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced that Amy Rome, President at Leading Educators and a long-time Chicago educator, will join the newly appointed Chicago Board of Education.
“The strength of our schools lies in their diversity, which is why we’ve announced a new board with strong representation to reflect the diverse voices of the students, families, teachers and staff of who they serve,” said Mayor Lightfoot in a statement. “I want to thank our new board members who through their expertise and experience as teachers, administrators, parents, and proud CPS graduates, will ensure all students in all parts of the city have access to high-quality education.”
Before joining Leading Educators as Vice President of Design in 2015, Rome worked in and with Chicago Public Schools for more than 20 years as a teacher, teacher leader, school leader, and principal supervisor. Most recently at the Academy for Urban School Leadership, she supported eight Chicago Public Schools as a principal manager and worked with principals and their instructional leadership teams across a network of 32 schools. As Chief Program Officer, Rome advised Leading Educators’ three-year capacity-building partnership with Chicago Public Schools, funded primarily through a federal Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) grant that was awarded in 2016. Launched in 2017, the partnership enlisted Leading Educators to co-design and scale job-embedded, curriculum-specific professional learning supports for teachers across 14 schools.
“We know that Amy holds the welfare of Chicago’s students and families close to her heart, and we congratulate her on this incredible opportunity to contribute to her city. We also thank Mayor Lightfoot’s team for their cooperation in assessing any potential conflicts with our partnership in Chicago to ensure this relationship will have no bearing on ongoing support to teachers,” said Leading Educators CEO Chong-Hao Fu.
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