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1 Network for College Success The School of Social Service Administration at The University of Chicago A community of Chicago public high school leaders and partners committed to creating a model for collaboration and shared learning to transform our school communities to support college/postsecondary success for all students

2 NCS seeks to address three challenges that are central to Chicago high schools over the next decade:  How do we support leadership of new and existing high schools in developing instructional visions, strategies, professional communities and learning environments that raise the bar for Chicago public high schools?  How do we create mechanisms for cross-fertilization and transfer of innovation between new schools and charters, selective schools and neighborhood schools?  How do we create networks of leaders who have instructional strategies, demonstrated success and tool kits that will increase the capacity of the entire system to change?

3 The Network for College Success supports principals by offering:  A forum to network and problem-solve with their peers to meet the complex challenges involved in transforming their schools;  Access to outside data and expertise to guide their school improvement efforts;  Support in developing professional communities, instructional leadership teams and quality college preparation programs within their schools

4 Principals’ Network  Monthly sessions include: Peer sharing: tools and strategies Instructional Leadership: Examining and exploring the role of principal as instructional leader – professional readings; case studies; reflection and dialogue Managing for change/improvement: Examining and exploring structures for collaboration, coherence, routine examination of data and accountability

5 Shared Leadership to Improve Teaching and Learning  Facilitate learning and problem solving across schools around implementing a shared leadership model to improve student learning (www.targetedleadership.net) Highly effective instructional leadership teams Schools identify a targeted instructional area using data and whole staff input, develop goals and implement a professional learning plan focused on improving and monitoring student learning Instructional Leadership Team (ILT) Development and Support  ILT Institutes  Cross-School Visits/Learning Walks  In-School Coaching and Support

6 College Prep  College Counselors’ Collaborative monthly sessions Rooted in the Consortium’s research on the Chicago Public Schools Peer sharing and problem solving Examining data (i.e. college match; FAFSA completion) Building partnerships with colleges

7 Access to Data and Research  Consortium on Chicago School Research What Matters for Freshmen  School-level trends report for 9 th Grade On Track Potholes on the Road to College  School-level student-college match reports Pathway to 20  School-level EPAS (Explore/Plan/ACT) analysis reports

8 Data continued  PBI (Practice-Based Inquiry) Visits (www.catalpa.org)  Data Coach to support schools in developing classroom-level data and systems for collecting and analyzing  Ron Ferguson’s Tripod Project Surveys (www.tripodproject.org)

9 Goals - Process  Network SMARTe Goals for participating schools: Establish an effective ILT Align ILT to the work of Teacher Collaboration Teams Identify a Targeted Instructional Area (TIA) and powerful instructional practices Develop SMARTe goals for the TIA Conduct a facilitated ILT learning walk Develop, implement and monitor a Professional Learning Plan

10 Goals – Student Outcomes  Years 1-3 Growth in school-developed SMARTe goals Standardized and classroom-level measures  Year 4 and beyond Chicago Public Schools Scorecard Measures  Demonstrate improvement in: Freshmen On-Track to Graduate Students Making Expected Gains (on EPAS) Freshman Graduates within 5 years Graduates Enrolled in College

11 Challenges  Time – for professional learning and planning  Competing priorities for schools (i.e. district structures; multiple initiatives)  Use of data in a systematic way  Lack of clear student learning outcomes and assessment data to set goals and monitor student learning  Sustaining focus (on the TIA; in the work)  Going deeper - not reverting to the “same old way of doing things”  Internal accountability systems/monitoring  Range of leadership capacity to provide vision for and drive the work

12 Contact  Mary Ann Pitcher, Project Director Web: ncs.uchicago.edu


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