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Continuous Improvement and Organizational Development

Our Approach

Our continuous improvement/organizational development work is designed to help various kinds of educational organizations play key roles in disrupting the systemic inequality that affects the lives of and to improve the educational outcomes and life opportunities for PK-12 urban school students throughout the world. In this work we develop others to use/lead cycles of inquiry to find and solve root cause problems within organizations. This work begins with the development of an “impact logic” that helps organizations: a) clarify the proximal and distal impacts that they seek from their work, and b) design and utilize the kinds of data systems for tracking proximal and distal outcomes.

In our higher education work, we also focus attention on developing organizations to diagnose and strengthen their cultures and infrastructure (structures, tools, routines) in ways that support continuous improvement work. In our Pk-12 work, we further expand our attention to developing organizations to diagnose and strengthen a school’s distributed leadership capacity and teacher learning organization as two key resources that support continuous improvement.

Higher Education
EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP PREPARATION PROGRAMS

We support the continuous improvement of educational leadership preparation programs within higher education institutions. One of our primary clients is UIC’s Ed.D program in Urban Education Leadership. Through ongoing collaboration with this program we have incubated more advanced continuous program improvement work that we have ported to other work through the US and world.

In addition to our work with UIC’s Ed.D. program, we work with both individual and groups of university-based leadership preparation programs through:


TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS

We support continuous improvement of teacher education programs within higher education institutions.

PK-12
CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT OF PK-12

We support continuous improvement of PK-12 educational organizations as well as organizations that support neighborhood communities/schools/students. This work has been done through the design and provision of various learning designs (e.g. in person and remote virtual professional development) and the facilitation of various networked learning communities. This work has supported district level leaders and leadership teams, school level leaders and leadership teams, and leadership coaches tasked with supporting leader development.

CURRENT/RECENT PROJECTS
DECATUR PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT 61, Illinois

Beginning in Summer 2019, UIC Center for Urban Education Leadership began a collaboration with the leadership of the Decatur Public Schools District 61 to incorporate professional development for continuous improvement of district and school administrative leadership practices. This work is designed to impact school outcomes for Decatur’s 23 elementary and high schools. Read more

ELGIN PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT U 46, Illinois

Beginning in April 2019, personnel from the Center for Urban Education Leadership and Ed.D. program have collaborated with the leadership of Elgin Area School District U46 to incorporate professional development for continuous improvement of school and district administrative leadership practices and school outcomes. Read more

MICHIGAN CITY AREA SCHOOLS, Indiana

Beginning in Summer 2018, UIC Center for Urban Education Leadership began a collaboration with the leadership of Michigan City (IN) Area Schools to incorporate professional development for continuous improvement of school and district administrative leadership practices and school outcomes for Michigan City’s 11 elementary and high schools.  The MCAS principals and district leaders engage in monthly Networked Improvement Community (NIC) meetings to use cycles of inquiry to plan, implement, assess, and improve school capacity for teaching and learning in their schools, PreK-12. Principals collaborate with the UIC hub to identify specific EOY outcomes in organizational and instructional practices, as well as student outcomes, to which principals and UIC agree that the project should be held accountable. Read more