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.
Meet the Team
Program Director for Chicago
Director of Content
Director of Content & Coaching
About Claudine Andrews
Before joining Leading Educators, Claudine provided targeted, individualized coaching supports for new and experienced teachers in schools within the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) network of Chicago Public Schools. Prior to her work at AUSL, Claudine was a Middle School teacher through the Inner City Teaching Corps, and a teacher and Math Coach at the University of Chicago Charter School - Donoghue Campus.
Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Claudine currently lives outside of Chicago with her husband, Sam III, and their two children, Mara and Sam IV, is a member of her local school board, and enjoys spending time with her friends and family.
About Tori McGowan
Previously, she coached instructional leaders across Chicago as an Instructional Leadership Coach at Leading Educators. Before joining Leading Educators, Tori worked as an instructional coach with a charter school in Chicago. She has worked education for over 25 a teacher, Lead Teacher, Assistant Director, Math Coordinator, and Instructional Coach.
Tori holds a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Tufts University and a M.A. in School Leadership from Concordia University. She lives in a suburb of Chicago where she enjoys exploring the different neighborhoods of Chicago, reading, baking, and spending time with friends and family.
About LeAnita Garner
Previously, LeAnita provided targeted, individualized coaching supports for new teachers in schools within the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL) network of Chicago Public Schools. Prior to her work at AUSL, LeAnita was a primary and intermediate classroom teacher with Atlanta Public Schools and more recently at the University of Chicago Charter School-Donoghue Campus.
LeAnita holds a B.S. in Early Childhood Development from Northern Illinois University and a M.A.Ed in Instructional Leadership from Argosy University. She lives in Chicago, Il, with her husband Eric and son Logan and spends her free time exploring Chicago for and through the eyes of her toddler, binge-watching shows on Netflix, and occasionally cozying up with a good book.