New Chicago schools chief faces challenges despite major strides

Chicago Public Schools, one of the largest school systems in the country, is reporting academic improvement in spite of past troubles. Now city leaders are looking to new CEO Janice Jackson to keep things moving forward. Special correspondent Kavitha Cardoza of...
Unpacking Chicago’s Education Gains: Lessons for Scaling

Unpacking Chicago’s Education Gains: Lessons for Scaling

Amidst a lot of dreary education news, a quietly released study from last fall revealed a surprising bright spot: From 2009 to 2014, Chicago public school students, on average, learned more between third and eighth grade than did their peers across the United States....
CPS Board Approves Janice Jackson As New CEO

CPS Board Approves Janice Jackson As New CEO

Cohort 2 superstar, Janice Jackson EdD, is approved as the next CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.  She identifies three commitments in her first public comments to the Board of Education.  Read the full story here.
Rankings Rise in US News and World Report

Rankings Rise in US News and World Report

The UIC College of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies continues to move upward in the US News and World Report Rankings for Educational Administration. The department broke into the top 20 four years ago and has steadily improved its ranking to #14...

Tozer in Ed Week on Capacity for Principal Prep

Steve Tozer, PhD, director of the Center for Urban Education Leadership and professor of educational policy studies at the UIC College of Education, was featured in Education Week analyzing higher education’s capacity to produce principals that transform urban...

Caring for Social-Emotional Health

At a panel discussion on teacher leadership, principal Joe Shoffner, EdD Urban Education Leadership ’16, describes strategies for crafting a school environment that cares for the whole student:
Curriculum for the Whole Student

Curriculum for the Whole Student

In the age of fiscal austerity, urban school principals face impossible choices.  For principal Allison Tingwall at Curie Metropolitan High School, one choice she refused to make in the face of budget cuts was to reduce or eliminate arts programming at the school....

Reframing School Discipline

Statistics on racial discrepancies in school discipline are well-known.  At Sayre Elementary in Chicago, EdD Urban Education Leadership student and principal Folasade Adekunle argues challenges with student behavior are a school culture issue, not a problem with...