Leadership and Accountability
Effective schooling needs leaders—both inside and outside the classroom—who champion strong supports and sensible accountability for initiatives that matter. UEI's success stories such as Freshmen On Track and the high-achieving UChicago Charter NKO Campus are just two examples that demonstrate the potential impact when systems to monitor and support positive change are helmed by leaders who empower colleagues to make a difference.
Effective schooling needs leaders—both inside and outside the classroom—who champion strong supports and sensible accountability for initiatives that matter.
The New York Times "Principal and Teacher, a Complex Duet." An editorial dives into Consortium research on Chicago's recently updated teacher evaluation system, highlighting the dynamics between school leaders and educators that can drive or hinder school improvement.
- In any given year, approximately half of all Chicago Public Schools principals are in their first four years at their current school »
- "Effective Leaders" is one of the 5Essentials for school improvement. Past research has shown that schools strong in at least three of the Essentials were ten times more likely to improve than schools weak in three or more of the Essentials »
- Principal leadership is critically important—Leithwood, Louis, Anderson, and Wahlstrom (2004) reviewed both quantitative and qualitative research on school leadership and concluded that leadership is second only to classroom instruction among school-related factors in influencing student learning »
Latest from UEI on Leadership & Accountability
Authentic Intellectual Work and Standardized Tests: Conflict or Coexistence?
This report is one of a series of special topic reports developed by the Chicago Annenberg Research Project. It presents the results of a study of Chicago teachers' assignments in mathematics and writing in grades three, six, and eight. The study showed that students who received assignments req
Consortium Institute Held on Conducting Research to Build the Capacity of Urban Educators
Education research can be a daunting field, full of numbers and professional jargon. Making research findings accessible and applicable is often easier said than done, even for an organization like the Consortium on Chicago School Research, which has been studying policies and their outcomes in Chic
New $10 Million Commitment for President’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative to Support Urban Educa...
Continuing the effort to make 2014 a year of action focused on expanding opportunity for all Americans, President Obama announced additional funding commitments for the My Brother's Keeper initiative, including $10 million for the expansion of the Becoming A Man (B.A.M.) and Match tutoring prog
UEI Senior Director Sara Ray Stoelinga takes helm as new Sara Liston Spurlark Director of UEI
The University of Chicago Urban Education Institute (UEI) has a new leader with the appointment of Sara Ray Stoelinga as the Sara Liston Spurlark Director. Stoelinga will oversee all aspects of UEI, which combines research, practice, and policy to improve pre-kindergarten through 12th grade educatio
Robust Discussion at UEI's Waiting for "Superman" Panel Event
Chicago Tribune Op-Ed: "Look Beyond 'Superman' for Reform Answers" by UEI's Tim Knowles and Paul Goren UEI Director discusses the film with NPR: "It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's School Reformers!" On September 21, the University of Chicago
UEI/Ebony Education Roundtable Event: Public Schools, Private Innovations
Leading experts on education, including representatives of the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute, joined other national leaders in discussing the challenges of urban education on August 11 during the Ebony Education Roundtable. More than 400 people sat in Assembly Hall to listen, fr
Op-Ed: UEI director discusses the need to move beyond test scores in measuring school quality
This op-ed by UEI Director Sara Ray Stoelinga originally appeared in Education Post » There is a window to reframe accountability as states can now think in new and flexible ways. The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) has opened new conversations
UEI hosts 68th Annual Education Writers Association National Seminar
On April 19, 2015, the Urban Education Institute kicked off the 68th Annual Education Writers Association National Seminar with an opening talk by UEI Chairman Tim Knowles on the University of Chicago campus. As the host of this year's seminar, UEI welcomed nearly 600 journalists, experts, and educa
UChicago CCSR Report in New York Times Editorial: "Principal and Teacher, a Complex Duet"
A CPS Celebration.. and a Challenge
The Chicago Tribune acknowledges a focus on Freshman On Track as leading to high graduation rates across the district.
Principal and Teacher Leadership in Chicago: Early Evidence on Two Initiatives
This small-scale study provides preliminary evidence about the performance of LAUNCH principals and National Board Certified teachers. The findings were prepared for the Chicago Public Education Fund, which supports both programs. Results are based on data from annual test-score compilations and the
Want to Improve Teaching? Create Collaborative, Supportive Schools
Schools that show the largest improvements are those where teachers work collectively on improving instruction, and where school leadership is inclusive and focused on instruction. The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in American Educator, 36(3), October 2012 by the Americ
Chicago Teachers Endorse New Evaluations Even with Extra Stress
The Consortium's release on teacher evaluations is summarized, stating that teachers remain "upbeat" about the new system despite reporting additional stress.
Arne Duncan Stepping Down, Returning to Chicago
Tim Knowles is quoted on Arne Duncan's legacy in response to recent resignation by the US Secretary of Education.
Chicago's Best Public Schools
Chicago Magazine evaluates Chicago Public Schools looking at more than just standardized test scores to rank the best schools. Tim Knowles and Elaine Allensworth are quoted throughout.
Trust in Schools: A Core Resource for School Reform
Link to article: Here This longitudinal study of 400 Chicago elementary schools shows the central role of relational trust in building effective education communities. The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Educational Leadership, March 2003 by ASCD, All rights reserved.
Reports Show Educational Gains in CPS Despite Financial Troubles
Chicago Tonight exams Consortium finding that CPS is making gains in terms of graduation and college acceptance and graduation, despite financial turmoil.
The PARCC Requirement and College Readiness
The To&Through Project is cited in this piece on how New Jersey schools can better ensure their students are college ready by high school graduation.
What do Educators Want to Get Out of Professional Learning
The Consortium is cited as a model for the partnership between the Tennessee Department of Education and Vanderbilt University in this piece on the development of professional learning.
New Strategies, Expanded Preschool are Key to Improving Education
Minneapolis Public Schools look to Consortium research on Freshman OnTrack to improve graduation rates in the district.