Two members of Chicago’s education community are heading to Washington, D.C., one of them to work in the Obama Administration. Tracy Dell’Angela, the senior manager of outreach and publications at the Consortium on Chicago School Research at the University of Chicago, will oversee outreach and communications strategy for the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education. John Easton, the former executive director and one of the founders of the Consortium, was recently confirmed by the Senate as the Institute’s new director. Eboni Howard, the director of the Herr Research Center for Children and Social Policy at the Erikson Institute, will join the American Institutes for Research as a principal early childhood specialist. Howard will oversee a variety of projects in areas such as school readiness, assessment and family literacy. … Michelle Russell and Chandra Sledge have been named co-directors of Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago. Russell served as assistant director at the school from 2005 to 2008, and was a resident principal last year at the Social Justice High School on the Little Village–Lawndale Campus under the New Leaders for New Schools program. Sledge served as assistant director at the charter last year.

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