SOURCE: Illinois Education Association

Illinois Education Association

November 09, 2010 16:15 ET

Illinois Education Association Spotlights Solutions for Struggling Schools

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - November 9, 2010) -  A conference being held in Chicago on Wednesday is intended to show policymakers and educators that struggling public schools can be turned around without the use of radical strategies such as mass firings of teachers or closing a school altogether. 

The Illinois Education Association (IEA), the state's largest education employee organization, is sponsoring the conference, "Saving Struggling Schools," on Weds., Nov. 10 at Illinois Institute of Technology, Illinois-Hermann Hall, 3241 S. Federal Street, Chicago, IL.

IEA President Ken Swanson says the attendees will hear the stories of how schools that were considered "failing" were turned around by providing resources to existing staff. 

"While some believe that the only way to improve a struggling school is by mass-firings of staff or other radical measures, we know that is not in the interest of students. We will be presenting the stories of struggling schools that became solid performers by, among other things, giving principals training that allows them to support teachers, providing quality professional development to teachers and by increasing parental involvement," Swanson said.

Saving Struggling Schools conference featuring:

  • Pedro Noguera, Ph.D.
  • Ken Swanson, President IEA
  • Sessions include presentations from educators representing public schools in California, Ohio and Illinois

Nov. 10, 2010 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

  • Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Illinois-Hermann Hall, 3241 S. Federal Street, Chicago, IL

Panel participants include:

  • State Rep. Will Davis
  • State Rep. Roger Eddy
  • Patrick Dolan -- Dolan Group, LLC
  • Darren Reisberg -- Deputy Superintendent & Counsel, Illinois State Board of Education

Contact Information

  • Charlie McBarron