The insurance program is funded by the federal government and administered by the state. CPS is a partner in recruiting applicants and helping them fill out the forms. Board officials say that they have provided application assistance to parents of about 45,000 children since they launched their outreach campaign two years ago.
Called EXCEL, for Evaluation Expertise for Councils and Educational Leaders, the program seeks to cultivate a year-long dialogue between the LSC and the principal around goals they set together. In contrast, the principal evaluation process prescribed for local school councils by the School Board comes only at the end of the school year and is one-sided.
AT CLARK STREET The School Board has named Tami Doig director of its Academic Accountability Council. She was previously a early childhood programs consultant for the Chicago Archdiocese, and has worked with mentoring and tutoring efforts in Cabrini-Green. Doig replaces Bruce Marchiafava, who is now assistant director of the Academic Accountability Council. …Beatriz Rendon, previously assistant to the board, was named director of CPS After-School Programs, a new position. Craig Solomon, formerly of the Glenview School District, replaces her as board assistant. …The board created and filled two new positions: Brandi Turco is senior assistant to the board; she was previously the mayor’s liaison to the Chicago Park District. Gregory Minniefield is assistant to the board; he was formerly a park district manager.
PRINCIPAL APPOINTMENTS Rita Stasi, a teacher at Corkery, has received a principal contract for that school. Judith J. Adams, assistant principal at Jefferson, and Christine Ogilvie, assistant principal at Warren, have become contract principals at their schools. Learna Brewer-Baker, assistant principal at Collins High, has been appointed interim principal at Austin High, succeeding Arthur Slater, who is now an administrator in Region 3. Interim principals Miguel Trujillo at Roosevelt High and Rayna Murphy at Burnside Elementary have received four-year contracts. Ron Beavers, former director of truancy prevention, has been appointed interim principal at Chicago Vocational Career Academy. He is the fourth interim principal since Betty Despenza-Green retired last April.
MORE ON CLARK STREET Diane Zendejas, former principal at Horace Greeley, is now director of the Chicago Teachers Academy for Professional Development; she is also responsible for the Libraries and Information Services department. She succeeds Judith Foster, who is now director of instruction for reading, language arts and social sciences, a new department at CPS. Currently, Zendejas is working with Linda Ford to develop the National Teaching Academy of Chicago. Ford, former principal at Brownell Elementary, was brought on board to lead the project. For the past three years, she worked at the University of Chicago Center for School Improvement on school restructuring.
AT CLARK STREET CPS has merged its early childhood and language and culture departments. Armando Almandarez, previously head of language and culture, has been named chief of the newly formed Office of Language, Culture and Early Childhood Education. Flavia Hernandez, previously director of early childhood, is now a school-based budget officer. Former longtime early childhood director Velma Thomas has been named senior executive assistant to Almandarez.
Margaret Small, former director of UIC’s Interactive Mathematics Project, has been named co-director of the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School. The other co-director is Mary Ann Pitcher, a teacher from Harper High. … Kay Kirkpatrick, formerly director of communications at the Consortium on Chicago School Research, has been named assistant dean for strategic communications for the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.
MOVING IN/ON Margaret Small, former director of UIC’s Interactive Mathematics Project, has been named co-director of the Young Women’s Leadership Charter School. The other co-director is Mary Ann Pitcher, a teacher from Harper High. … Kay Kirkpatrick, formerly director of communications at the Consortium on Chicago School Research, has been named assistant dean for strategic communications for the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago