Advisory Council for the State We’re In Report:
Amy Perona served on the Advisory Council for the State We’re In Report, a biennial report issued by the state organization Advance Illinois that describes the current health of our state’s education system that serves students from birth to post-secondary.
Race to the Top Review:
Lynne Haeffele served as one of 58 national reviewers (from 1500 other applicants) for state Race to the Top grant applications. She traveled extensively to Washington, DC to participate in training, proposal review, and peer conferences to make determinations about which state most clearly described coherent and comprehensive education reforms consistent with Race to the Top priorities.
Illinois School Report Card:
Erika Hunt served on the statewide P-20 Council committee that made recommendations for the indicators and design of the new Illinois school report card.
Kindergarten Individual Developmental Survey (KIDS) Advisory Committee:
Erika Hunt served on the Advisory Committee for the KIDS survey. The purpose of the KIDS survey was to adopt a uniform statewide kindergarten readiness process that would: 1) identify gaps in school readiness; 2) provide information to drive more effective classroom instruction; and, 3) support state and local data-driven decision-making on professional development and resource allocation.
Illinois Early Math Advisory Committee:
Erika Hunt served on the Illinois Early Math Advisory Committee convened by the Illinois Network of Childcare Resource and Referral Agencies that developed recommendations for the creation of math trainings that targeted early education teachers outside of Chicago.
Streamlining Illinois' Regional Offices of Education Commission (SIROEC):
Norm Durflinger chaired the Governor’s Streamlining Illinois' Regional Offices of Education Commission. In response to P.A. 97-0619, the Commission was created to examine the duties of ISBE and the regional offices of education and intermediate service centers to determine which duties should be handled by a regional delivery system and how best to streamline the regional offices of education.
Factors that Affect Implementation, Spread, and Sustainability:
An Implementation of Everyday Mathematics:
Lisa Hood and Joe Pacha consulted with researchers at the Center for Elementary Math and Science Education at the University of Chicago. Two times a year, Hood and Pacha conducted observations, interviews, and focus groups with teachers and students to study the implementation of science and math curricula and pedagogy in K-8 classrooms. This research was funded by two National Science Foundation grants.
State of Illinois Dual Credit Task Force:
Erika Hunt served as a member on the Illinois Dual Credit Task Force created by the General Assembly through HJR36 . The purpose of the task force was to study and discuss issues related to dual credit. The task force submitted a report to the General Assembly that clarified the statutory expectations of the Dual Credit Quality Act.
Illinois School of Advanced Leadership, Design Team:
Lisa Hood and Joe Pacha served as members of the Illinois School of Advanced Leadership (ISAL) Design Team convened by the Illinois Association of School Administrators . Dr. Hood also served as the team’s program evaluator for the program’s first two years. The ISAL is an advanced program for Illinois superintendents that provides coaching and professional development in a cohort model to support their leadership knowledge and skills over the course of a two year program.