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Leading Educators won an Investing in Innovation (i3) grant from the US Department of Education in 2016 to launch the Chicago Collaborative, an effort to boost instructional leadership capacity in Chicago schools. Funds from the i3 support a cohort of teacher leader teams representing 20 schools across three Chicago partners—Chicago Public Schools, KIPP Chicago, and the North Chicago Community United School District—who lead curriculum-based professional learning for peers.

This phase of Chicago-based partnership will culminate with the results of a randomized control trial conducted by the RAND Corporation to assess effects on student achievement. Leading Educators aims to expand on this foundation with new, customized partnerships across the Chicago metropolitan area. 

Two Chicago leading educators discuss equity

Meet the Team

Shyla Kinhal

Chicago Program Director
Shyla serves as the founding Program Director for the Chicago Collaborative. This innovative project is funded by federal Investing in Innovation funds.
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Debbie Sim

Chicago Program Manager
Debbie is responsible for planning and executing all Chicago-based programming, including project management and event planning.
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Tori McGowan

Instructional Leadership Coach
Tori supports school leaders and teachers in their professional development aiming to provide students with equitable standards-based math instruction.
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LeAnita Garner

Instructional Leadership Coach
LeAnita is a partner to educators to make schools more equitable. She builds teacher capacity and understanding of instructional practices in Chicago.
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Ashley Davis

Instructional Leadership Coach
Ashley leads ELA schools in the Chicago Collaborative and provides coaching and professional learning to each school’s teacher leaders and school leaders.
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Shyla Kinhal

Debbie Sim

Tori McGowan

LeAnita Garner

Ashley Davis