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Practice Dissemination and Policy Advocacy

OUR APPROACH

Given our desire for IMPACT, we share our expertise and our work, particularly in the areas of principal preparation, leadership practice, and continuous improvement, to impact urban education in a variety of modes.  Among the channels of practice and policy dissemination are publications, policy briefs, advocacy and policy groups memberships, talks and presentations, videos, and social media.

Policy and practice advocacy

Briefs and publications
Selection of School Leadership Candidates for UIC’s EdD Urban Education Leadership Program, Part II, June 2018

In the second of two continuous improvement briefs on selection, Center researchers and EdD program administrators describe how they build program capacity to assess & measure the characteristics they associate with school leader success.


Selection of School Leadership Candidates for UIC’s EdD Urban Education Leadership Program, Part I, April 2017

In this continuous improvement brief on selection, Center researchers and EdD program administrators describe the development of an admissions process to assess characteristics they associate with school leader success.


UPSTATE/DOWNSTATE: CHANGING PATTERNS OF ACHIEVEMENT, DEMOGRAPHICS AND SCHOOL EFFECTIVENESS IN ILLINOIS PUBLIC SCHOOLS, SPRING 2017.

This report describes some surprising shifts in regional achievement patterns in Illinois public schools under NCLB. These shifts show worrisome declines in many communities that were not the original focus of NCLB, and promising growth in some communities that were evidence presented also shows that changes in school effectiveness . . . what schools and districts do to improve their impact on student and adult learning . . . played as powerful a role in local and regional achievement shifts as race and family income did.


TAKING STOCK: HOW STANDARDIZED TEST REPORTS LET US DOWN UNDER NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND… AND HOW WE CAN FIX WHAT IS WRONG, SPRING 2016.

This study clarifies achievement trends that occurred under NCLB and explains why NCLB reporting practices made those trends so hard to see. It concludes by describing important contributions that new PARCC exams can make and warns of new reporting problems that threaten to squander those contributions before they see the light of day.


Principal Roles, Work Demands, and Supports Needed to Implement New Teacher Evaluation. June 2014

In 2014, CUEL staff released a policy brief on what principals and districts must do to support new teacher evaluation reforms across states.

 

 
Videos and podcasts
Education Trust ExtraOrdinary Districts: Live! A Discussion on District Improvement. 

Hosted by the Center for Urban Education Leadership (CUEL). Season 2 of ExtraOrdinary Districts brought together an all-star panel to discuss school district improvement. Janice Jackson, CEO of Chicago Public Schools, Harvard University’s Ronald F. Ferguson, and University of Michigan’s Nell Duke. The panel, introduced by CUEL Center Director Shelby Cosner and moderated by ExtraOrdinary District creator Karin Chenoweth, had a wide-ranging discussion that went from the need for carefully designed early reading instruction to the moral imperative of equity. Jackson described the need to be “relentless” in giving students the opportunity to learn rather than trying to “fix” students.


Education Trust podcast on Extraordinary Districts

Featuring Lane, Oklahoma, Panel Discussion of “Exposing and Learning From Expertise” with reading researcher Timothy Shanahan, University of Illinois-Chicago’s Steve Tozer (CUEL Faculty Affiliate), and Todd Hughes of the Choctaw Nation. (December 2019)


National Governor’s Association Hot Topics Podcast

Steve Tozer (CUEL Faculty Affiliate) shares his insights on how governors and states can improve principal preparation and development; lessons learned from his work in Illinois and around the country to develop effective principals and school leaders; and an overview of current models of innovative university principal preparation partnerships.  (October 2019)


How Do Principals Help Students Learning?

Education Week video examines Chicago Public Schools’ strategy of intense focus on principals and UIC’s Center for Urban Education Leadership and Doctoral Program in Urban Education Leadership as key contributors to this strategy, features former CUEL Director Steve Tozer (May, 2018)

 


Education Trust podcast series on Extraordinary Districts examines the need for Extra-Ordinary Principals, features former CUEL Director Steve Tozer  (January 2018)

Episode One: The State – Creating a Bold Plan

The Wallace Foundation video examines principal preparation policy transformation in Illinois, features former CUEL Director Steve Tozer (2016, Oct. 18).


Episode Three: The University of Illinois/Chicago – Rethinking Principal Training II.

The Wallace Foundation video examines principal preparation policy transformation in Illinois, features former CUEL Director Steve Tozer (2016, Oct. 18).


Episode Four: The District – Pulling the Plan Together.

The Wallace Foundation video examines the involvement of district partners in principal preparation program redesign and enactment, features former CUEL Director Steve Tozer(2016, Oct. 18).


Educational Inequality in America

Chicago Bar Association and Advance Illinois video examines educational inequality in America, features former CUEL Director Steve Tozer along with Dr. Linda Darling Hammond and Dr. Charles Payne. (2016, Aug. 30).


 K-3 Policymaker’s Guide to Action: Learning from the Education Commission of the States

Center for Policy Research in Education video examines K-3 policy recommendations, features former CUEL Director Steve Tozer, (January 2016)

talks and presentations

 

 

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