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.
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In the News: Oak Park to adopt IB curriculum
Oak Park District 97 is introducing the International Baccalaureate curriculum at its two middle schools—Percy Julian Middle and Gwendolyn Brooks Middle. District 97 will be the first suburban public school district to implement the rigorous IB program in middle school. (WBEZ)
A U.S. House committee wants the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program to allow the snacks made with fresh produce to include frozen, canned, and dried varieties of the same fruits and veggies. The program has introduced thousands of low-income elementary school students to their first tastes of such items as kohlrabi, kiwi fruit, pomegranates, and peaches. (Education Week)
IN THE STATE
Negotiating teams for Huntley Unit District 158 and its teachers union have requested a mediator to assist in ongoing contract talks, a news release from the district said. (Daily Herald)
IN THE NATION
A study out of the University of California- Berkeley finds that the massive new schools construction project in the Los Angeles Unified School District is yielding concrete results, at least for children in elementary school. Students in the new schools showed achievement gains equivalent to 35 extra days of schooling each year. (Los Angeles Times)