Administrators' Academy Changes Aim to Better Education
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 18, 2001
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– The Illinois State Board of
Education will implement a series of changes to improve the
Administrators’ Academy, a program that provides professional
development to Illinois’ approximately 6,700 school administrators.
The changes, reviewed today by the State Board at its regular monthly meeting, should give local school superintendents, principals and other administrators additional skills and resources to help improve their instructional leadership and as a result, student achievement and local schools.
“Our local administrators are at the top of the list of those responsible for our students’ success. Local superintendents and building principals help set and carry out the policies that guide our children’s academic lives,” said State Superintendent of Education Glenn W. McGee.
“Our education system counts on those people being as attuned and prepared to deal with students’ needs as possible, and these measures will help to accomplish that,” McGee said.
The Administrators’ Academy is a professional development program overseen by the State Board and conducted through the 45 Regional Offices of Education (ROEs) and three Intermediate Service Centers (ISCs) in suburban Cook County. State law requires all Illinois educators holding an administrative certificate to complete two academy activities in every two-year cycle of training offerings.
The State Board’s Certificate Renewal division has been working with a subcommittee of Administrator Academy coordinators from the ROE and ISC offices to identify program needs and recommend program revisions.
The Continuous Improvement Partnership (CIP), the Academy’s advisory committee, also worked with State Board staff to focus on quality control issues, identify needs and provide direction.
Finally, the State Board contracted with the MGT of America consulting firm to conduct an outside evaluation of the Academy. This review is the first formal review of the Administrators’ Academy since its inception in 1985.
State Board staff has already worked to streamline the Academy by slashing the number of redundant and outdated courses offered. The Academy now offers about 200 classes and professional development activities, down from about 1,000.
Specifically, ISBE staff recommends the following actions to improve the Administrators’ Academy: