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Partner with CEC for School Improvement

The Consortium for Educational Change (CEC) has learned that school improvement hinges on the school, district, union, and board embracing change and nurturing early progress to ultimately produce results for students.

CEC’s experience has proven that in order to improve, struggling schools must implement a small number of effective practices with fidelity rather than a host of new initiatives and innovations. This focused approach has led to sustained improvements in the following key areas:

  • Improved Teaching and Learning
  • Positive School Culture
  • Focused Professional Learning
  • Shared Leadership
  • Family and Community Engagement

CEC supports schools through a labor- management collaboration approach in order to increase capacity for sustainable long-term change. CEC has partnered with nine Illinois schools to help with both the School Improvement Grant (SIG) application process and intensive support following SIG funding approval.

CEC is an ISBE approved Learning Partner for all three “drivers” of system change in IL-EMPOWER to provide comprehensive support to schools and district. The drivers are: Governance & Management Curriculum & Instruction, and Climate & Culture. Currently, CEC provides extensive on-site support in Rockford, Springfield, and Sandoval.

CEC partners with schools and districts that share a belief and commitment that all students can learn and grow academically, socially, and emotionally. The hallmarks of the tailored support approach from CEC include:

  • Collaboration (including Labor-Management)
  • System Level Change
  • Capacity Building
  • Growth Mindset

Learn more about CEC’s approach to supporting struggling schools by visiting or by contacting the CEC offices at: or 630-495-0507.

School Improvement Results

CEC is invested in our school. They are committed to helping our staff and students.

Students at Matheny-Withrow Elementary in Springfield Public Schools have shown significant reading progress. The percentage of students who can read grade level text with basic comprehension increased from 31.9% to 54.2% by the end of the second quarter during the 2016-17 school year on the IRLA.

Students at Kennedy Middle School in Rockford Public Schools showed gains in reading during the 2016-17 school year. The students achieved the largest fall to winter growth of any school in the district. In 7th grade, 66% of students met their growth target in reading on the NWEA MAP test and in 8th grade, 67% of students met their growth target.

CEC is always providing strategies and is available for collaboration on any given topic or area of concern.

95% of school staff that work closely with CEC indicate they see a benefit from partnering with CEC.

80% of school staff that work closely with CEC indicate they feel CEC is a resource in reaching school improvement goals.

CEC is very good at giving us feedback and explanations to help us understand how to address issues or implement new initiatives.

Contact: David Osta

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