Staff development fuels improvement at Saucedo

In Karen Morris’s 15-year tenure as principal of Saucedo Academy in Little Village, the percentage of students reading at or above national norms as measured by the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills has increased from 14 percent to 46 percent. For the past two years, Saucedo, along with Corkery and Calhoun North, has been a member of the Learning and Sharing Connection, a network of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. The network has focused on staff development as one of the most powerful means to improve student achievement, based on findings by the Consortium on Chicago School Research.