In the second part of this podcast, Elliot Ransom, the Director of the 5Essentials Survey and Reporting system, talks about the 5Essentials survey tool which educators can use to diagnose their schools’ strengths and weaknesses, and Isaac Castelaz, the principal of the National Teachers Academy, discusses how he has used the survey tool to foster change and growth in his elementary school. This is to the second part of Ed.
Penny Sebring, co-founder of the UChicago Consortium, and Molly Gordon, principal investigator of the study, A First Look at the 5Essentials in Illinois Schools, discuss the history of the 5Essentials and findings from the Consortium’s first study of the statewide implementation of the survey. This is to the first part of Ed.
Elaine Allensworth, Julia Gwynne, and Kaleen Healy, authors of, High School Graduation Rates through Two Decades of District Change: The Influence of Policies, Data Records, and Demographic Shifts, have a roundtable discussion on the key findings of the report and their implications for policy and practice.
This podcast focuses on the report, Skill-Based Sorting in the Era of College-Prep for All: Costs and Benefits, which was released in March 2014. For this report, Consortium researchers studied two policies, instituted by the Chicago Public Schools, which provided a natural experiment in skill-based sorting with a common curriculum. One of these policies reduced skill-based sorting, while the other increased it.
This podcast focuses on the report, From High School to the Future: The Challenge of Senior Year in Chicago Public Schools, which was released in February 2013. For this report, Consortium researchers looked closely at the senior year experiences of students in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS). They found that while some seniors take advanced coursework, the majority of CPS seniors have schedules dominated by make-up courses, electives, and vocational coursework. The students themselves described senior year as unchallenging and easier than previous years.