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Teacher turnover

CPS has never had a strong, districtwide program of teacher induction and mentoring to stem an attrition rate that is higher than the national average. Instead, efforts to retain teachers depend on smaller-scale programs and individual principals who make it a goal to empower—and keep—their teachers.

Comings & Goings: Bowman, principals

Barbara Bowman,chief officer for early childhood education, has retired after eight years at CPS. Bowman was a leader in developing the federal Head Start program and a co-founder of the Erikson Institute, a renowned graduate school in early childhood education.

Melissa Zaikos, chief of the Pershing Elementary Network, has resigned to apply for a charter to open a new school in 2013. “I have become more and more convinced that it is possible to meld exceptional teaching with adaptive technologies to create rich, individualized learning experiences for students of all backgrounds,” she says.

New CPS principals: Kenneth Fitzner, formerly the assistant principal at Oriole Park, is now principal of Audubon Elementary; Renee Mackin, an interim principal at Linne is now the school’s contract principal, and Donica Glass, a former instruction specialist in Area 6, has been named principal at Solomon Elementary. Solomon’s current principal Susan Moy is retiring at the end of this school year.

Consuella Brown, program director and acting president of the Woods Fund of Chicago for the last year, has resigned.

6 comments

Rosita Chatonda wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

They don't last long at CPS , DO THEY?

I feel better now, at least I lasted longer than 8 years.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Nancy B. Jefferson Alternative School's Principal Retires

The principal at Nancy Jefferson Alternative at the Cook County Juvenile detention center told staff today that she is retiring. not just teachers are fed up with the madness...

Jacob wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

What about Donoso's going

Any word on what happened to Dr. Donoso? The word is that she is gone. She wasn't at yesterday's board meeting.

Anonymous wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Cheatham's people spreading this rumor for a month now

No need for chief ed officer AND a chief instruction officer-saves $ to drop one. Cheatham there first (but not very long,) more dedicated people under her and she has more positions who answer to HER not Dr. ND. (Even though ND is at the top--she is alone, no 'friends', support, and maybe, no talent for this type of job--look at the resume.)Cheatham's been around/in want of chief ed since Huberman cold shouldered Eason-Watkins. Harvard cache, has a type 75, in charge of common core and new teacher eval--lots o'power-which beats Dr. ND. Watch for her for possible stay-put (save Rahm embarassment) but be figurehead/face or they have her run a charter ,ausl or something such...

Anonymous wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

Hopefully "Dr. Cheatham" will

Hopefully "Dr. Cheatham" will learn how to answer direct questions from parents before she moves on.

Speaking of moving on, "Broadie" Melissa Zaikos is now off to operate a charter?!? DO these educrats have ANY stamina at all?

dzipio wrote 2 years 10 weeks ago

No Stamina, but lots of ambition

Rahm will get to see what kind of people he has working for him at 125 Clark. Yes men and empty suits. Good luck fighting a war with that.

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