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Press Release: Leading Educators Scores $3 Million Win For Chicago Schools

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Leading Educators Scores $3 Million Win For Chicago Schools

Leading Educators receives $3 Million federal grant for teacher leadership development in Chicago

NEW ORLEANS, LA -  November 14, 2016

Leading Educators has been awarded a $3 million Investing in Innovation (i3) grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support the instructional leadership development of teacher leaders across the Chicago metro area over the next four years.

Among one of the “highest-rated” applicants, Leading Educators’ proposed Chicago Common Core Collaborative would expand the implementation of innovative practices shown to have an impact on improving student achievement or student growth, closing the achievement gap, decreasing dropout rates, and increasing high school graduation, college enrollment and completion. The i3 funds would allow Leading Educators to work with Chicago principals and teacher leaders to create systemic cycles of standards-aligned professional learning.

“The Chicago Collaborative could represent an unprecedented leap forward in our quest to ensure great schools for all students,” said Jonas Chartock, Chief Executive Officer of Leading Educators. “We believe that a refined model of teacher leadership, with job-embedded, standards-aligned professional learning, working in concert with school administrators, is our strongest tool to ensure college and career readiness for all students, regardless of their background.”

As an i3 awardee, Leading Educators would be poised to continue working with school, district, and philanthropic partners to identify, document, and implement best practices in Chicago and other districts focused on teacher leadership and instructional improvement.

“Leading Educators has learned a great deal about implementing successful teacher leadership initiatives in partnership with school districts and charter schools across the country over the past five years,” said Jay Altman, Chairman of the Leading Educators board. “Their success in helping spread teacher leadership and in facilitating high-performing teams has been inspiring.  Leading Educators’ LEAP partnership with the District of Columbia public schools was pioneering, and I am confident that this new initiative in Chicago has the potential to be equally transformative.”

It is estimated that by project’s end, at least 75% of the teacher leaders who participate in the Collaborative will remain in their communities, serving more than 21,000 students.

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About Leading Educators

Leading Educators raises the academic achievement of students by developing teachers to take on leadership roles within their schools. Incorporated as a 501(c)3 organization in 2011, Leading Educators is the only national program that exclusively supports the leadership and management development of teacher leaders. Using teacher leadership as a vehicle, Leading Educators is building a nationwide movement to ensure all students have the opportunity to succeed in school and life.

Champion Spotlight - Brittany Packnett

It's always a delight to celebrate members of our community who tirelessly elevate the work, particularly when that member is one of the brightest voices of the next generation of educators. Leading Educators is excited to see Brittany Packnett recognized as one of LinkedIn’s Next Wave - Top Professionals 35 and Under.

Chief Executive Officer Jonas S. Chartock, who shared a stage with Ms. Packnett at our 2016 Leading Educators Institute, had this to say:

“For way too long, the views and leadership of people of color have been overwhelmingly marginalized in conferences, panels, and other prominent education reform spaces. Brittany Packnett is unafraid to step into these forums, deftly tackling the complex intersections of race and systemic racism that impact not only communities of color, but the institutions at work within them. Her insight and generosity of spirit is nothing less than transformative. Her leadership will no doubt continue to push our thinking as we work to bring educational equity and justice for students forward.”

Check out some of the highlights from last summer’s empowering conversation with Brittany:

Brittany Packnett - On Culturally Responsive Institutions and Internalizing Racism

Click here for the rest of the conversation.

CONGRATULATIONS, BRITTANY!

Leading Educators' CEO Jonas S. Chartock with Brittany Packnett, Vice President, National Community Alliances, Teach For America

Learning and Practicing Strategies to Improve Instruction with DCPS

In mid-July, approximately 600 educators and school leaders from throughout Washington, DC spent two weeks learning and practicing strategies to improve instruction in schools throughout the city. This intensive effort is part of the District of Columbia Public Schools’ (DCPS) LEAP (LEarning together to Advance our Practice) initiative, and it represents a focus on growing teachers’ leadership capacity within classrooms, throughout schools, and across the entire district.

"I learned so much and developed my capacity as a teacher leader. After these two weeks, I feel more confident in the transformation in our students and teachers that LEAP is going to inspire, and feel more secure in my ability to help lead this work as a teacher leader. I am excited for this year!"

Leading Educators worked in close partnership with DCPS to provide the content and expertise needed to design a tailor-made professional development experience for teacher and school leaders from 115 schools. Over the course of two weeks, participants focused on common core content development, pedagogy for literacy and math instruction, planning for implementation, and equity and leadership.  

"This has been one of the most enriching PDs that I have ever experienced. The videos, the exercises, the culture building activities, the learning and sharing protocols were all very beneficial."

LEAP also marked a significant milestone for Leading Educators. While our focus has gradually evolved over the past five years from working with individual teacher leaders from a number of unrelated schools, to supporting teams of teachers who come from the same school, LEAP pushed our engagement even further. Our partnership with DCPS represents the first time that Leading Educators has brought its model of inquiry, practice, and development to teams of school and teacher leaders throughout an entire school district.

This represents a new phase for our work and the large-scale impact that it can have on student achievement. We are excited to build on this new approach, and look forward to the opportunity to continue to partner with DCPS and other districts around the country that recognize the power of teacher leadership to drive instructional and academic excellence.

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