Comings & Goings

July 29, 2005

MOVING IN/ON Nick Ciotola, formerly a consultant and accountant in the construction and real estate industries, is the new executive director of the Teachers Academy for Mathematics and Sciences, a nonprofit that helps schools improve math and science instruction. He replaced Lourdes Monteagudo, who now works as a school reform consultant. ... Robert J. Vladem, a private investor, has been elected chairman of the board of Project Exploration, a nonprofit that works to get city schoolchildren, especially young girls, interested in science. Vladem replaces Pamela Bozeman-Evans, who resigned as chair but remains an active member at-large. ... Mary A. Hicks has been promoted from program director to chief executive officer of the Rochelle Lee Fund, replacing founder Rochelle Lee. Tiana Benway has been promoted from director to chief operating officer. ... Allison Jack, former director of Leadership for Quality Education's charter school resource center, is now education policy advisor for Gov. Rod Blagojevich's policy team in Chicago. Kathy Lavin replaced her at LQE.

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTS Interim principals who have been awarded contracts: Shelly Cordova, Armour; Shirley Dillard, McNair; Rhonda Larkin, Lathrop; Allen M. Mosley, Bontemps; Darlene Reynolds, West Pullman. Principals whose contracts have been renewed: Haydee Alvarez, Greeley; Jill Besenjak, LeMoyne; Stephen L. Jones Sr., Yale; Lawrence McElherne, Las Casas High School.

GOLDEN APPLES Four Chicago Public Schools teachers are winners of this year's Golden Apple teaching award. They are: Jelaine Binford, Curie High; Timothy Devine, Northside College Prep; Elena Diadenko-Hunter, Clemente High; Diego Giraldo, Jones College Prep. Winners get a $2,500 cash prize, a new computer, free sabbatical training at Northwestern University in the fall and induction into the Golden Apple Academy. Other winners are from the University of Chicago Lab School and four suburban districts.

ACADEMIC DECATHLON Whitney Young Magnet High School won the Illinois Academic Decathlon this year for the 13th time in 14 years. The contest covers a range of subjects. Whitney Young will now participate in the national competition on April 14-17 in Boise, Idaho.

CTU PRESIDENT HONORED The Chicago Federation of Labor named Chicago Teachers Union President Deborah Lynch "Woman Labor Leader of the Year." The federation presented Lynch with the award during its 23rd annual "Tribute to Women in the Labor Movement" event on March 2. The event coincided with National Women's History Week.

Comings & Goings

July 28, 2005

AT CLARK STREET Peter Cunningham, formerly a speechwriter for Mayor Daley, has been hired as a consultant to oversee CPS communications staff and implement the district's strategic communications plan. Cunningham will be under contract through next June and will be paid up to $107,000. ... Hosanna Mahaley, deputy chief of staff to CEO Arne Duncan, has been promoted to chief of staff to Chief Education Officer Barbara Eason-Watkins. ... Jack Harnedy, who oversees magnet schools and programs, has been named academic enhancement officer. He will be responsible for coordinating student transfers under the No Child Left Behind Act. ... Anita Andrews, director of Proctor Academic Prep Center, will now oversee all seven as director of academic preparatory centers. Loretta Young-Wright replaces her at Proctor. ... Amanda Rivera, principal of Ames Middle, was named director of the CPS Teachers Academy for Professional Development. ... CPS has created the Office of Business Diversity to oversee and increase school spending with minority- and women-owned firms. Rosalinda "Rusty" Castillo, a construction contracts administrator, has been named director.

TEST CHEATING More elementary schools may face investigation for cheating last spring on the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, according to a spokesman for the School Board. So far, the board has investigated 14 schools. At four of them, six teachers and one aide now face dismissal. Principals at three schools will be reprimanded for lapses in test security. Two schools were exonerated, and investigations are underway at the other five schools.

Last year, the board adopted a computerized statistical model created by University of Chicago economist Steven Levitt to detect cheating. (Catalyst, September 2001) About 150 classrooms were retested last spring when the model flagged them for possible cheating. The board followed up at schools where signs of cheating were most evident, spokesman Peter Cunningham says. "There may be other investigations," he adds. "We haven't determined that yet."

PRINCIPALS Four interim principals have been awarded contracts at their schools: Jose Barrera, Davis-Shields; Mark Berman, Daley; Leonor Karl, Pulaski; Carol Lovely, New Dawes. ... Ron Shields, associate principal at Copernicus, is now contract principal. ... Diann Wright, assistant principal at Haines, is contract principal. . . .These principals have had their contracts renewed: Victoria Cadavid, Pickard; Deborah Clark, Skinner; Delores Rease, Schmid.

MAGNET DEADLINE The deadline to apply to magnet high schools and programs for the 2003-04 academic year has been moved up to Dec. 20. The deadline for elementary magnet schools and programs remains Jan. 17.

LSC EXCHANGE LSCs will have an opportunity to network at a Dec. 7 event hosted by Chicago Successful Schools Project. The exchange will be held at Jones College Prep, 606 S. State St., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, call 312-344-6403.

NEW REGIONS Management support directors handle the day-to-day management issues—such as transportation and parental concerns—in each of the district's 24 new area instructional offices. The new management support directors and their former positions are: Area 1, Catherine Sugrue, coordinator, CPS Schools and Regions; Area 2, Vivian Moritz, Region 1 instructional coordinator; Area 3, Shirley Dukes, principal, Coles; Area 4, Diana Scatton, Region 6 administrator; Area 5, Maria Rodriguez O'Keefe, Region 2 administrator; Area 6, Alice Painter, Region 5 coordinator; Area 7, Harry Hardwick, Region 5 coordinator; Area 8, Dean Thompson, Region 6 coordinator, and Susan Milojovic, principal, Dodge; Area 9, Virginia Bautista-White, director, Rodriguez Academic Prep, Arthur Slater, Region 3 administrator and Karen Wilson, principal, South Loop; Area 10, Elba Reyes, administrator, Schools and Regions.

Area 11, Katherine Harris, Region 5 administrator; Area 12, Carlos Munoz, principal, CPS Schools and Regions; Area 13, Lydia Butler Williams, Region 4 administrator; Area 14, Deborah Shurney, Region 5 manager; Area 15, Ruth Wallace, Region 2 administrator; Area 16, Lawrence Swanson, administrator, Academic Preparatory and Middle Schools Office and State Rep. Monique Davis, instruction coordinator, School and Community Relations; Area 17, Dorothy McCormick, Region 3 administrator and Ceola Barnes, principal, Terrell; Area 18, Julienne Mallory, Region 6 administrator and Linda Langhart, administrator, early childrhood education; Area 19, Carlos Collazo, Region 2 administrator; Area 20, Alejandra Alvarez, director of CPS world language programs; Area 21, Constance Montgomery, principal, Future Commons High; Area 22, Lester Gaines, administrator, CPS Office of High School Development; Area 23, Ronn L. Gibbs, interim principal, Bogan High School; Area 24, Vernal Breshears, Region 5 principal administrator.

NEW SCHOOL In October, the Public Building Commission of Chicago approved construction of a new $15.8 million facility at 6315 S. Claremont Ave. to house Anderson Elementary, currently leasing space from the Archdiocese of Chicago.

PRINCIPAL EVALUATIONS CPS has adopted a new process for local school councils to evaluate their principals. The model for the new process, called EXCEL, was developed by Leadership for Quality Education (LQE), a business-supported school reform group, in collaboration with the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association. EXCEL was piloted in over 100 schools and promotes an on-going dialogue between principals and LSCs. By contrast, CPS had been using evaluations that were one-shot reviews at the end of each school year.

TEACHER WINS Rosa Covarrubias of Ninos Heroes Elementary is one of 100 educators nationwide to win a $25,000 Milken National Educator Award. Covarrubias, a kindergarten and 1st-grade bilingual teacher, began as a teacher's aide at Ninos Heroes in the late 1980s.

Comings & Goings

July 27, 2005

MOVING IN/ON Elaine Schuster, superintendant of the Archdiocese of Chicago since 1990, has been named chief executive officer of the Golden Apple Foundation. She will assume the new post in January. ... Shawn Haugen, previously a manager for Xpedior, a technical consulting firm, has been named executive director of The Chicago Scholars Foundation. The foundation annually awards one graduating student at each Chicago public and private high school a $1,000 scholarship. It also hosts college preparation workshops and helps students find internships. ... Laurie Glenn, owner and founder of The Glenn Group, a public policy communications firm that has dealt with many school issues, is now senior vice-president of strategic communications and media relations at Lipman Hearne. ...

Margaret Small, former director of UIC's Interactive Mathematics Project, has been named co-director of the Young Women's Leadership Charter School. The other co-director is Mary Ann Pitcher, a teacher from Harper High. ... Kay Kirkpatrick, formerly director of communications at the Consortium on Chicago School Research, has been named assistant dean for strategic communications for the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.

AT CLARK STREET James Wright of the CPS law department has been named chief of staff to Board President Gery Chico. Wright replaces Jean Franczyk, who now works for internet education company Wright previously worked for the U.S. Department of Justice. ... Tabrina Davis, formerly CPS deputy chief communications officer, is now the director of media relations for ComEd.

PRINCIPAL APPOINTMENTS Gladys Rivera, a bilingual facilitator in Region 1, has received a four-year principal contract at Lowell School. ...The following principals have had their contracts renewed: Yvonne Austin, Plamondon; Linda H. Coles, Keller; David Joseph Domovic, Alcott; Eugene Dumas, Doolittle West; Eugene Mason, Arthur Ashe.

Others with renewed contracts are: Aurelio Acevedo, Lozano; Deborah Anderson, Christopher; Julius Anderson, Hughes; Jose C. Barillas, Marshall; Beverly J. Blackwood, Douglas; Valerie Jean Bratton, Wacker; Flora Dangerfield, Gary; Cara L. Diggs, Whistler; Cynthia Fitzpatrick, Schiller; Richard A. Gazda, Von Steuben; Carol Rancifer Gearring, Hendricks; Charles A. Giglio, Linne; Mahalia A. Hines, Hope; Patricia Kent, Penn; Millicent Russell, Lavizzo; Gail W. Szulc, Oriole; Sheila Schlaggar, Edison; Arthur Slater, Austin; Careda Taylor, Kenwood; Charles Trevino, Thorp; Frances M. Williams, Powell.

The following interim and assistant principals received principal contracts: Haydee Alvarez, Greeley; Cynthia K. Barron, Jones; Sharon Bryant, Spencer; Bernadette Butler, Agassiz; Frank Candioto, Foreman; David Dalton, Grimes/Fleming; Vivian Edwards, Schneider; Keith P. Foley, Lane Tech; Larry C. Garstki, Brentano; Gerard A. Gliege, Sawyer; Mary Ellen Garcia-Humphreys, Carson; Mary E. Harris, Pullman; Susan Jensen, Gary; Jill Marie Machina, Alcott; Rebecca B. McDaniel, Hinton; Lawrence McElherne, Las Casas; Antionette Patten, Wendell Smith; Sylvia A. Rodriguez, Davis; Patricia Monroe-Taylor, Arai; Miguel A. Velasquez, Whitney.

RETIREMENTS Principals who retired this summer were: Carrie J. Clark, Carver; Howard Jackson, Dewey; Elena S. O'Connell, Corkery; Mary E. Scannell, Kellogg.

EDUCATION E-VENTURE Former Illinois State Board of Education Superintendent Joseph Spagnolo and a partner have launched, an Internet software system that manages teacher certification and recertification. is a privately-funded, for profit company. ... Lynn Cherkasky-Davis, a kindergarten teacher and founder at Foundations Elementary, is taking a leave of absence to work as vice-president of content development and educational issues for Davis is also coordinating a professional development and candidate support program for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION The board approved a $1.65 million expansion for Jones Metropolitan High. The structure will be built to the south of the school on State Street. Construction of a new Langston Hughes School has been approved for the block of 103rd Street and Place between Princeton and Harvard in Roseland.