Allan Alson on High School Transformation

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Allan Alson, head of CPS’ Office of High School Transformation, talks with Catalyst Chicago reporter Sarah Karp about the district’s multi-faceted approach to turning around failing high schools. In this audio clip, he discusses IDS (Instructional Development Systems), designed to help schools improve in many ways, such as raising student expectations, supporting good teachers and providing additional supports. He also mentions GEAR UP resources, dropout prevention labs and involving the community via community schools that offer extended day programs as other pieces of the puzzle for improving schools.