Posted February 13, 2008–A new teacher evaluation system that would replace the current one, long criticized as virtually useless, has been developed by a joint district-Chicago Treachers Union. The new system involves a rubric to guide principals’ observations of what teachers do in the classroom, and to give teachers a tool to improve their instruction.
February 13, 2008–Democratic and Republican presidential contenders have very different ideas about how to fix education in the United States. With the primary season still underway, Catalyst examined the education platforms of the two major candidates still in the running from each party.
Posted January 30, 2008–Principal preparation programs would have to meet new standards under recommendations to be presented next month to state lawmakers by a task force that examined principal preparation across Illinois.
Posted January 24, 2008–CPS is taking its broadest swing ever at its most seriously underperforming schools, promising to transform four high schools and their four feeder schools into high performers—half of them to be run by the district and the other half to be run by the Academy for Urban School Leadership.
Twenty leaders from Illinois’ education and political arenas are debating ways to improve the training of new principals.
CPS CEO Arne Duncan announced plans to close, phase out, relocate or consolidate 11 underutilized schools. The under-enrolled schools are:
All of the school closings will be debated at public hearings over the next few weeks. Hearings will be at CPS Central Office, 125 S. Clark St., 5th floor board chambers, unless otherwise noted.
NEW SCHOOLS STAFF With 21 more schools slated to open this fall, the Office of New Schools is adding staff. Catherine Sugrue, formerly management support director for Area 1, takes over as Director of School Support.
Orr High School has been targeted for wholesale reform several times over the past 10 years, and one of the small high schools created by those attempts, Mose Vines Academy, is currently participating in yet another program aimed at improving student performance.