April 04, 2012
WCEC's goal has been offer a place for Illinois educators and educational leaders a place to collaborate to create the best schooling system for all of the state's children. After bringing in national and international experts to share ideas and practices, WCEC now turns to local stakeholders to lend their expertise.
At the final WCEC session on April 2, representatives from 7 organizations or schools shared their answers to 3 questions:
- What should we START doing that we are not now doing?
- What should we do MORE of that we are doing now?
- What should we be doing much less of, or STOP doing altogether
What was shared demonstrated the stakeholder's deep commitment, creativity and expertise not only in reforming the system, but also in creating the best schools, access and opportunities for every child in Illinois. Keep reading for information from:
- Illinois P20 Council
- Erikson Institute
- Council of Chicago Area Deans of Education
- McClernand School, Springfield
- Latino Policy Forum
- DeVry, Inc.
- Chicago City Colleges
April 02, 2012
WCEC is proud to announce the recipients of the colloquium's minigrant winners, who received as much as $10,000 for key projects aimed at systemic reform based on lessons learned from the series.
The goal of WCEC has been to spur action, and not serve simply as a series of talks. The minigrants are one step toward that goal.
The winners are:
Associated Colleges of Illinois
Understanding & Integrating the Common Core Standards Through Collaborative Professional Development
Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
Lessons Learned from Chicago Public School's Planning Process to Implement Systemic Social & Emotional Learning for all Students
Elgin School District U-46
Transition to a Multi-tiered System of Supports -- Looking at Assessments
Illinois P20 Council
Promoting a Holistic, Birth to 20 Dialogue Among Stakeholders on Teacher and Leader Quality, Data, Assessment, and Accountability, School, College, and Career Readiness, and Finance and Infrastructure
Fox Valley Montessori School
Bringing the Montessori STEM Curriculum to Illinois
April 02, 2012
We'll be posting summaries and support materials from each of today's keynote speakers, panelists and presenters.
Stay tuned for:
- Comments and a PowerPoint presentation from keynote speaker Yong Zhao, University of Oregon professor
- Summaries of minipresentations from stakeholder representatives
- Highlights from a panel featuring CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard
- Video clips from today's proceedings
April 02, 2012
UIC Chanceller Paula Allen-Meares welcomed participants of the final World Class Education Colloquium with a call to all education supporters to work together for systemic change in the birth to 20 education system.
From the Kerner report to NCLB, major reform efforts have attempted to make sweeping improvements to the system. However, change has come at an incremental pace.
"We've been at this some time, but the results from the reform effort are piecemeal and fragmented and we don’t talk to each other," she said.
No one entity can do it alone, she said, but together, higher education, lawmakers, policymakers, educators and funders can fix the problems in public education.
"It starts with conversations like the one you're having today."
UIC is committed to helping with that -- so much so, she said, that it plans to "take it to a new level of priority at the city, state national level."
Allen-Meares thanked scholars and other WCEC participants for lending their wisdom to the efforts of this colloquium series. And she thanked funders The Chicago Community Trust and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation for making the series possible.