In Year 4, ISBE’s cross-divisions team engaged in a yearlong school transformation academy, specifically increasing its knowledge base on research and practice relative to closing the achievement gap for subgroups of students (e.g., English learners, students with disabilities, students living in poverty) through three lenses: the opportunity to learn, equitable access to quality teachers, and differentiation and personalization of instruction. ISBE remains committed to this work. In Year 5, the ISBE cross-divisions team will join the Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy with eight other states so it can collaborate to design and implement innovative talent management strategies to attract, support, and retain excellent educators in the highest need, lowest performing schools. The academy goals include the following: (1) sustaining effective talent development systems in the highest need, lowest performing schools and districts; (2) attracting, supporting, and retaining effective teachers, and reducing equity gaps in the highest need, lowest performing schools and districts; and (3) closing achievement gaps through effective teaching and leadership in the highest need, lowest performing schools and districts. MWCC will partner with the GTL Center and the Center on School Turnaround to provide consultation, resources, and facilitation in support of these goals.
To support all students by highly prepared and effective teachers and school leaders.
- MWCC will consolidate research papers into one cohesive document, aligning to the three goals: opportunity, equity, and personalization.
- MWCC will work with ISBE’s leadership team to develop a system to attract, support, and retain effective educators in high-need schools and districts.