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CEC Partners with Breakthrough Learning on IRISE Project

Published in Announcements on January 27th, 2016

“Early College Strategies for All” – Investing in Innovation (i3) Scale-Up Grant funded by the U.S. Department of Education Recognizing the success of the Rural Innovative Schools initiative in North Carolina, the Consortium for Educational Change has entered into a partnership with Breakthrough Learning on the Illinois Rural Innovative Schools Effort (IRISE).  Breakthrough Learning, a leading

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2016-2017 Illinois SMART Academy

Published on January 26th, 2016

Event Dates:
June 8-9, 2016

August 2-3, 2016

November 30, 2016

December 1, 2016

April 4-5, 2017

The SMART School Academy is a step-by-step, hands-on, guided learning experience that takes participants through the SMART School Improvement Process, a data- driven, collaborative process focused on improving student achievement. At each step, participants learn tools and methods for engaging their colleagues in research-based professional practices. The Academy provides individuals with the time, support and coaching in the skills and knowledge needed to facilitate the SMART School Improvement Process.

CEC Selected as Lead Partner for Three School Improvement Grants

Published in Announcements, SIG on January 25th, 2016

The Consortium for Educational Change (CEC) has been selected as the Lead Partner on three of the five School Improvement Grants (SIG) awarded by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) through the U.S. Department of Education’s Elementary and Secondary Education Title I Act. CEC will engage in a five-year partnership beginning this year with

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Interest Based Process Training Available

Published on January 14th, 2016

CEC has been in partnership with IEA since 1987 in advocating for, and supporting the use of, the Interest-Based Process (IBP) in educational decision-making and problem-solving situations, including collective negotiations. With that strong history of collaboration, CEC and IEA will be jointly offering two trainings specifically for current CEC member district administrators and IEA Professional

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IRISE Leadership Coach

Published in Employment Opportunities on November 20th, 2015

The Leadership Coach will guide and support school leaders on innovation, reflective practice and the strategic planning process in the development of sustainable innovation within the scope of the Illinois Rural innovative Schools Effort project, an initiative in the southern portion of Illinois. This position is part of a three-year Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) grant (and possibly four-year grant) provided by the U.S. Department of Education. The Leadership Coach will provide direct support to principals engaged in the innovative school environments. This support is focused on the creation of new, academically rigorous high schools in non-traditional settings such as on the campuses of colleges and universities, as well as transforming existing middle and comprehensive high schools.

IRISE College and Career Liaison Coach

Published in Employment Opportunities on November 20th, 2015

The College and Career Liaison Coach provide direct support to school counselors and college liaisons involved in the Illinois Rural innovative Schools Effort project, an initiative in the southern portion of Illinois. The successful individual will work in close collaboration with other members of the IRISE team to drive sustained academic growth and performance improvement in partner schools and districts by expanding opportunities for all students to graduate from high school with college credit. This position is part of a three-year Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) grant (and possibly four-year grant) provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

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