Penny Bender Sebring

Penny Bender Sebring is a Senior Research Associate at the University of Chicago and Co-Founder of the UChicago Consortium. Most of her research has centered on school organization, i.e., the five essential supports. She is an author of the book Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago. In addition, she has worked to grow and sustain the UChicago Consortium. Previously, Sebring was a Peace Corps volunteer and high school teacher. She serves on the Policy Advisory Board for Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy and the board of directors for the Chicago Public Education Fund. Sebring has received an Alumni Merit Award from Northwestern, the John J. Dugan Award from OneGoal, the Stanley C. Golder Community Service Award from the Golden Apple Foundation, and an honorary doctorate from Grinnell College. It has been gratifying to see the dramatic progress that CPS has made. Robust evidence, extensive collaborations across the city, and the hard work of teachers, principals, parents, and students have led to students learning and attaining much more than in the past.

Featured Publications

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Title Type Date Sort ascending
Research Agenda 2004–2008 Research Agenda 2004–2008 Report Sep 2003
Development of Chicago Annenberg Schools: 1996-1999 Development of Chicago Annenberg Schools

1996-1999

Report Jul 2001
School Leadership and the Bottom Line in Chicago School Leadership and the Bottom Line in Chicago Article Feb 2000
Charting Chicago School Reform

Democratic Localism as a Lever for Change

Book Aug 1998
Charting Reform in Chicago: The Students Speak Charting Reform in Chicago

The Students Speak

Report Jul 1996
Charting Reform: Chicago Teachers Take Stock Charting Reform

Chicago Teachers Take Stock

Report Aug 1995
Charting Reform in Asbury School: Results of Student and Teacher Surveys Charting Reform in Asbury School

Results of Student and Teacher Surveys

Report Feb 1995
Charting Reform in Prairie School: Results of Student and Teacher Surveys Charting Reform in Prairie School

Results of Student and Teacher Surveys

Report Jan 1995
A View from the Elementary Schools: The State of Reform in Chicago A View from the Elementary Schools

The State of Reform in Chicago

Report Jul 1993
Charting Reform: The Principals' Perspective Charting Reform

The Principals' Perspective

Report Dec 1992
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