Chicago Public Schools

Building a Foundation for Deep Learning

Since 2017, Leading Educators has been a key partner to Chicago-based school systems, notably Chicago Public Schools, in several efforts to improve students’ opportunities and outcomes. Today, we continue to offer contextualized support that builds on our initial work around teacher leadership to promote the usage of high-quality instructional materials.

Chicago Partnerships Timeline
Investing in Innovation: 2016

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.

Chicago Collaborative: 2017

Funds from the i3 supported 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 led curriculum-based professional learning for peers.

RAND Corporation Evaluation: 2020-2022

The first phase of this Chicago-based partnership culminated with a randomized control trial conducted by the RAND Corporation that found statically-significant impact on student achievement. Participation in the Collaborative had the effect of an average teacher becoming more effective than two-thirds of peers at improving student achievement.

Skyline Curriculum Implementation: 2021 - Present

Chicago Public Schools’ Skyline curriculum sets a new standard for instructional materials. It builds upon grade-level standards and learning science to uniquely connect with the identities and experiences of Chicago’s students.

Leading Educators is working with a subset of CPS schools to design support for school adoption and implementation. Each school makes its own decisions about which content areas and grade levels participate in Skyline adoption. So, a professional learning system will offer subject- and grade-specific knowledge building, collaborative practice, and opportunities to continuously improve use.

Promising Results

A new randomized control trial by RAND Corporation shows that educators significantly increased student achievement after participating in Leading Educators’ Chicago-based PD program. These findings challenge the misconception that teacher professional development is ineffective and costly—the content and components matter.

 

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Meet the Team

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Claudine Andrews

Senior Program Director for Chicago
Claudine leads program implementation in support of Chicago-area educators.
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Shondele Gillens-Vazquez

Instructional Leadership Coach, Chicago
Shondele Gillens-Vazquez is an Instructional Leadership coach who supports leaders in North Chicago.
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Tori McGowan

Director of Content
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

Director of Content & Coaching
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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Danielle Parker

Program Manager for Chicago
Danielle Parker is the Program Manager for Chicago-based partnerships
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Claudine Andrews

Shondele Gillens-Vazquez

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Tori McGowan

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LeAnita Garner

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Danielle Parker