Region 9 recently published two blogs to their website.
Using a Peer to Peer Approach to Coordinate a Statewide Back to School Response to COVID-19 Education leaders spent the summer and fall grappling with how to start the 2020–21 school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. During this uncertain time, we partnered with the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools to facilitate a space in which district leaders could discuss challenges, share successes, and examine strategies to deal with the reopening of schools and beyond. This project included the development of a list of evidence-based resources that education leaders can use to support their work in several key areas including student and staff well-being, student learning loss, advancing equity and access, and grading and promotion.
Tools to Hone Your Teacher Retention Strategies: Program Profiles and Data Inventory Over the years, districts and states have worked to tackle teacher shortages creatively using a variety of incentives, mentorship initiatives, trainings, and leadership programs. But how can education leaders discern which of these efforts are actually improving teacher retention? The imminent effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the teacher workforce make answering this question even more urgent. Although none of us knows precisely what a postpandemic future may hold, a recent Region 9 Comprehensive Center (R9CC) project with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) offers some lessons and tools for states and other districts to consider as they grapple with this issue