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Illinois CSI Executive Director Discusses Restorative Justice Practices in Schools

Illinois CSI Executive Director, Dr. Betheny Lyke and General George Patton School Principal David Brown appeared on ABC7 Chicago’s News Views, a segment featured during the station’s Sunday morning news show. Dr. Lyke and Mr. Brown spoke with anchor Terrell Brown on how schools use restorative justice practices as a means of promoting a healthy school […]

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An In-Depth Look at STEM Education Opportunities Illinois

Illinois CSI’s Nimisha Bhatt, Dina Lemmer and Ardella Perry-Osler share valuable insights with educators in IL ASCD’s summer Journal on how to can use STEM programs to close achievement gaps by engaging reluctant learners. Click to read Supporting STEM in Illinois with Illinois CSI.

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Rural Illinois School District Successes Provide Strategies for Improvement Nationwide

New Report From Illinois CSI at AIR Details Creative Tactics for Ensuring Rural Student Success. Faced with major challenges – often including poverty, access to key resources and difficulty hiring and retaining quality teachers – rural schools face a steep climb in their quest for school improvement. But the findings of a new report from […]

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Illinois CSI Director, Betheny Lyke, talks funding and school improvement in the IASA Leadership Matters

Read as Illinois CSI Executive Director Dr. Betheny Lyke shares her thoughts with the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) on how funding must be used wisely through a continuous improvement process and how The Every Student Succeeds Act provides local education agencies with more opportunities for innovation to improve systemic problems. Click here to […]

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Illinois CSI at AIR Experts Appear at the Superintendents’ Commission for the Study of Demographic Diversity Annual Meeting

Illinois CSI at AIR experts were proud to present at this year’s Superintendents Commission for the Study of Demographic Diversity, on April 20, at the Tinley Park Convention Center in Tinley Park, Illinois. See below to review content and materials presented during breakout sessions on assessment, English language learners, restorative justice and STEM. Creating a […]

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Illinois Center for School Improvement April 2018 e-newsletter

From the Executive Director Spring is in the Air I do not know about you, but I am excited that spring is here! I hope that you are planning to (or already enjoyed) the opportunity to recharge in order to finish the school year strong. As educators, we often move into spring with a renewed commitment […]

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AIR Experts Presented at the 2018 Statewide ESSA Conference!

Miss an AIR presentation at the 2018 Statewide Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Conference? Did you miss these breakout sessions featuring experts from American Institutes for Research (AIR). The sessions shared best practices with district and school leaders for implementation of the state’s ESSA plan in providing support under IL-EMPOWER. Below you find the presentations and […]

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Illinois CSI: Making Equity a Core Value

Read as Executive Director Dr. Betheny Lyke shares her thoughts with the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) on the importance of making equity a core value in every classroom, every day.  In this article, Dr. Lyke highlights the research and thinking that supports Illinois CSI’s work with districts and schools in putting equity into […]

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Illinois CSI Year-End External e-Newsletter

From the Executive Director Celebrating 5 Years of Success and Counting! Tis the season! It is great time to catch up with family and friends and share happenings from the year, and that is the purpose of this communication. As you are aware, the Illinois Center for School Improvement (Illinois CSI), operated by American Institutes […]

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AIR is proud to be an IL-EMPOWER Professional Learning Partner

A Proven Leader in District and School Improvement AIR is proud to be an IL-EMPOWER Professional Learning Partner in providing support of district improvement relative to the three critical drivers of systems change identified by the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). These drivers include governance and management, curriculum and instruction, and climate and culture. […]

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