UIC World Class Education Colloquium Summarizing Our Path Thus Far – Reviewing the September 26, 2011 Session Launching Today’s Session
UIC World Class Education Colloquium Exemplars Birth to 20: What will it take in Illinois and Chicago? September 26, 2011Theme December 5, 2011Theme April 2, 2012Theme Equity Action Who is “doing it right” and how are they doing it? How do we ensure ALL Illinois children get the best? What must WE do now to leverage the changes we envision ?
UIC World Class Education Colloquium Who weighed in on September 26th? Christopher Koch, Illinois State Superintendent of Schools Jean-Claude Brizard, Chief Executive Officer, CPS Lon S. Kaufman, Provost and Vice Chancellor, UIC Marc S. Tucker, President, National Center on Education & the Economy Charles E. Pascal, Professor, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) Noemi Donoso, Chief Education Officer, CPS Diana Mendley Rauner, President, Ounce of Prevention Fund José Torres, Superintendent, Elgin School District U 46 All of their presentations and remarks may be found on our website, worldclasseducationillinois.org.
UIC World Class Education Colloquium Major Take Aways: • The U.S. has slipped well behind other nations in literacy, math, and science. • The reform strategies in successful countries are significantly different from the reform strategies used in the United States. • U.S. initiatives are neither systemic nor cost effective.
UIC World Class Education Colloquium 7 Strategies for Success • Aggressive international benchmarking • Powerful, coherent, aligned instructional systems • Systems designed to get all students to high standards • Funding systems that put more money behind students who are harder to educate • High quality teaching force • Workplace organized and managed along professional lines, not industrial lines • Coherent education systems From Marc. S. Tucker’s Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
UIC World Class Education Colloquium Removing Obstacles to Change(Pascal) • Need accountable leadership to drive change • Avoid silos, duplication, cross purposes • Coordinate to make deep changes • Garner resources but use them effectively • Avoid short-termism • Don’t mistake initial successes for true integrated systemic change • Make decisions based on evidence
UIC World Class Education Colloquium Achieving Whole System Reform: The Right Drivers(Fullan) • Foster intrinsic motivation of teachers and students • Engage educators and students in continuous improvement of instruction and learning • Inspire collective or team work • Affect all teachers and students – 100% “Drivers” are those policy and strategy levers that have the least and best chance of driving successful reform” Criteria for successful drivers:
UIC World Class Education Colloquium How likely is it that studying another nations’ educational practices and policies will yield important lessons for the U. S.? Highlights from the Pre-Colloquium Survey of Participants
UIC World Class Education Colloquium Most Significant Barriers to Improving Schools An analytical summary of the entire pre-colloquium survey may be found on the website at worldclasseducationillinois.org.
UIC World Class Education Colloquium Participant Views: Lunch Time Activity Highlights • Systemic coherent approaches - across and within agencies and organizations that support and deliver education services • High quality teachers – recruited, prepared and supported through targeted professional development • Strong leadership – at all levels; government to local school • Whole and every child development – emphasis on “brain” development, SEL, and the arts as well as standards-based curriculum What exemplary nations and practices should we be sure to include?
UIC World Class Education Colloquium Participant Views: Lunch Time Activity Highlights • How comparable are given successful systems’ contexts to ours and how do they handle educational challenges? • What are their specific “best-practice” strategies across the educational continuum, i.e., instruction, parent engagement, teacher and principal preparation, diversity, etc.? What more would you need to know to proceed effectively toward action either working singly or in concert with others? Internationally, more specifics such as:
UIC World Class Education Colloquium Participant Views: Lunch Time Activity Highlights • Systemic vision with focus on transition points and ancillary supports • Research and evidenced-based decision making • Policies, practices, and structures that produce and support quality teachers • Quality professional development for teachers and school leaders, tied to student needs with adequate time to conduct. • A collaborative learning paradigm at all levels • Coherence of standards, expectations, assessments, and interventions • Equity of resources On the basis of today’s presentations and discussions, what seem to be the most important priorities for action in Chicago and/or Illinois? (most frequently answered) Why these?
UIC World Class Education Colloquium Participant Views: Lunch Time Activity Highlights • Alert public that the crisis in education affects everyone • Press to bring multiple organizations/agencies into the conversation • Rethink the various roles of government and organizations in education • Help ensure that people know and understand what research and data reveal about the current status of education policies and practices • Bridge theory to practical, promising, and doable reform efforts What might the organizations in which you active do differently to increase their impact on improving cognitive and social-emotional learning in Chicago and/or Illinois?
UIC World Class Education Colloquium Participant Views: Lunch Time Activity Highlights • Emphasize what works. • Examine key agencies’ strategic statements. Work to achieve a “common” vision and reduce inefficient duplication of effort. • We can work to reform legislation and policy. • Develop strategic plans and plan for political action • Help develop a local coalition of community, business, and other stakeholders to oversee schools • Ensure legislative educational policy is research driven, not driven by splinter constituent issues How might your participation in this colloquia support new strategic planning and/or action to advance school improvement in Chicago or Illinois? If this is unlikely, why? We should be motivated to:
UIC World Class Education Colloquium Today’s theme: Equity • Per Tucker, framing “Equity” as the degree to which socio-economic status predicts student performance, the U. S. is slipping further and further behind other countries • Out of 34 countries, only Chile, Germany, Hungary and Luxembourg fare worse than the United States.
UIC World Class Education Colloquium The Many Faces of Equity: • School funding • Quality teachers in all classrooms • High expectations connected to standards • Challenging culturally adaptable curriculum • Adequate instructional and SEL supports • Community resources and supports • Issues related to SES, race, ethnicity, and gender
UIC World Class Education Colloquium Sample Resources on the Current Status of Educational Policy and Practice to Prompt Reflection on Your Vision of Change • National: • ESEA Reathorization http://www.ed.gov/blog/topic/esea-reauthorization/ • Regional Educational Policy: • CMAP Go to 2040 http://www.cmap.illinois.gov/2040/main • State Educational Policy: • Common Core Standards http://www.isbe.net/common_core/default.htm • Illinois P 20 Council http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/P20/Pages/default.aspx • Illinois Educational Research Council http://ierc.siue.edu/ • Advance Illinois http://www.advanceillinois.org/ • Illinois Race-to-the-Top http://www.isbe.state.il.us/racetothetop/default.htm
UIC World Class Education Colloquium What Will Work for Us? Evidence and perspectives from the: International National State Local
UIC World Class Education Colloquium Our Challenge: Rethinking the path from - Policy Practice Outcomes • and acting on what we now know and believe.
UIC World Class Education Colloquium Mini Grants • RFP and due date by email to all conference participants on December 16 • Intended to spur new strategic planning that will contribute to systemic change: what can your organization do? • April 2 reports on progress from grant recipients