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Districts receiving Priority services from Illinois CSI saw positive changes in key metrics for student achievement:

ACT scores
ISAT mathematics scores
Graduation rates
2/2/2017 3:30 PM
Illinois CSI hosts its second Research Forum of the school year featuring Dr. Anthony Muhammad, one of the field's leading experts in the areas of school culture and organizational climate.
11/22/2016 4:12 PM
Flipbook version of Illinois CSI's 2016 Annual Review. In the lower left hand corner are buttons that allow you to view the collapsed menu of the table of contents. We invite you to read and share with others.
10/25/2016 12:27 PM
What does it take to increase student achievement? The administrators and staff in Cicero School District 99 know that it takes a concerted effort at the district, school building, and classroom levels to plan, implement, and monitor initiatives to impact student learning. The Illinois Center for School Improvement (Illinois CSI) released a video chronicling a piece of the district’s journey that is helping them get there.
10/7/2016 12:33 PM
9/29/2016 2:34 PM
Illinois CSI is excited to present Dr. Anthony Muhammad as the featured keynote for its 2016-17 Research Forum series. You can join in the conversation on Twitter #ILCSIResearchForum.
9/29/2016 1:53 PM
Check out the September issue of Illinois CSI's e-Newsletter. Not a subscriber?  Email us at
8/1/2016 3:06 PM
Illinois CSI is proud to share its new and improved e-Newsletter. Beginning with our July 2016 issue, you will find direct links to featured content on our website and you can also access archived issues. Not a subscriber?  Email us at to join our list.
8/1/2016 12:25 PM
Learn how districts, schools, communities and families can work all together to impact student learning.  Sarah Ogeto, Principal Consultant in the Division of Innovation and Improvement of the Illinois State Board of Education, shares how these meaningful partnerships are linked to continuous improvement outcomes.
2/8/2016 9:20 AM
District and school leaders participating in a new collaborative leadership network say their ability to interact with other district leaders and discuss strategies and experiences around school improvement efforts has enabled them to better tackle the challenges they face in their home districts.

The District Leadership Team (DLT) Learning Network is a professional development resource for district leaders who are seeking ways to develop tools and ideas that will drive their school improvement efforts. The network was created by the Illinois Center for School Improvement (Illinois CSI), a federally funded program under the direction of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE). Thirty districts currently are eligible to participate in the network.
12/29/2015 2:06 PM
Mount Vernon City Schools Superintendent Aletta Lawrence told the Mt. Vernon Register News that the needs assessment that Illinois CSI is performing with district leaders will give her district an "opportunity to look at root issues that may" help increase student achievement.

Mt. Vernon City Schools is one of 66 districts receiving Focus Services from the Illinois CSI. Click on the headline to read the entire story.
12/16/2015 8:16 PM
Illinois CSI will host a Research Forum November 4 on "Transformative Adult Practices That Support Student-Centered Learning: Highlighting: Multitiered Systems of Support, Balanced Assessment, and Family and Community Engagement." The invitation-only event will provide participants with an overview of the growing knowledge base supporting what constitutes a successful multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) framework and the evidence base and rationale for embedding intensive supports for students with severe and persistent learning needs within an MTSS system. Lessons learned from the state and national levels also will be examine
10/9/2015 2:31 PM
​The Illinois Center for School Improvement's 2015 Annual Review summarizes highlights of our work with Illinois school districts in 2015. The publication includes stories from five school districts receiving Priority Services from Illinois CSI and provides overviews of our continuous improvement process, partnerships with other state organizations, and progress taking place throughout dozens of districts working with us.
10/7/2015 8:59 AM
​On October 1, Illinois CSI staff will partner with district leaders deliver two presentations at the Illinois Association of School Administrators' Annual Conference at Springfield's Prairie Capital Convention Center.

Illinois CSI's first presentation will begin at 8:15 a.m. and is called "Collaborative Leadership: What Strong Leaders Do." Presenting alongside Illinois CSI staff will be Dr. Lenell Navarre, superintendent of Bloom Township High School District 206.

Then, at 12:30, we will discuss "Indicators for Success: From Good Intentions to Best Practices." John Donermeyer, a data analyst and software specialist for Dolton Riverdale School District 148, will be member of the presentation team.
9/23/2015 12:53 PM
The Illinois Center for School Improvement (Illinois CSI) recently introduced 66 school districts to services that will help them target their lowest-performing student populations. In accordance with the Illinois ESEA Flexibility Waiver, the Illinois State Board Education (ISBE) created a set of services for districts with schools that have low-achieving subgroups. Such schools are identified as Focus schools.
9/11/2015 12:10 PM
Television news stations in Quincy and Rockford recently reported the Illinois Center for School Improvement's (Illinois CSI's) role in providing district improvement coaching to the Freeport, Quincy, and Rockford school districts. All three districts are among 66 districts receiving Focus Services​ from Illinois CSI. Illinois also provides Priority Services to 30 additional districts.
8/28/2015 9:03 AM
On June 30, 2015, the Illinois Center for School Improvement (Illinois CSI), in partnership with Corwin Press, hosted a live webinar about the nine mind frames of Visible Learning.
8/28/2015 8:47 AM
On July 15, 2015, the Chicago suburban Daily Herald newspaper ran a piece submitted by Illinois CSI executive director Betheny Lyke, Ed.D., who ocmmented on the newspaper's "Generations at Risk" series. Dr. Lyke compared the series with the work performed by the Illinois Center for School Improvement. ​
7/21/2015 3:16 PM
Join the Illinois Center for School Improvement (Illinois CSI) on Tuesday, June 30, 9 to 10 a.m., for an interactive, online session examining the nine mindframes of visible learning as presented by Dave Nagel, author-consultant and international educational researcher, Corwin Professional Learning.
6/10/2015 3:03 PM
​In late April 2015, the Illinois Center for School Improvement (Illinois CSI) uploaded its Meeting Protocol template, a guide for helping leadership teams create agendas for, and facilitate, productive meetings. The template was one of many items highlighted in Illinois CSI's April 2015 e-newsletter, which is sent to all Illinois principals and superintendents as well as numerous other public education stakeholders throughout the state.

Click this announcement's title to access links to the Meetings Protocol template and the April 2015 e-newsletter.
6/10/2015 3:03 PM
In the Illinois Center for School Improvement’s March 2015 e-newsletter, we highlight our work in Chicago Public Schools; promote a powerful and fast self-assessment district leadership teams can take to measure their effectiveness; and announce new videos on our website and YouTube channel.​
6/10/2015 3:03 PM
​Dave Nagel, featured speaker for Illinois CSI's May 7 Research Forum, will host a live webinar May 28 at 3 p.m. (CST) entitled Effective Grading Actions that Drive Impact Into Student Learning and powered by Edchat Interactive.
5/15/2015 11:16 AM
This installment of the research forum series features Dave Nagel, author-consultant and international educational researcher, Corwin Professional Learning, as our keynote speaker. In his presentation, Nagel will unpack John Hattie's research on visible learning. According to John Hattie, Ph.D., "Visible learning and teaching occurs when teachers see learning through the eyes of students and help them become their own teachers." Attendance to Illinois CSI Research Forums is by invitation only. However, Illinois CSI posts videos of all research forum speakers on its website and YouTube Channel.
4/7/2015 5:27 PM
The term student-centered does not refer to a single instructional method. Rather, student-centered instruction consists of an array of complementary approaches to teaching and learning that draws from multiple theories and trends in education. Dr. Kirk Walters, a principal researcher at AIR, and a panel of Illinois-based educational professionals will lead an interactive discussion. Dr. Walters' research focuses on understanding ways to improve K-12 math teaching and learning. His work includes experimental trials of intensive professional development programs for math teachers, experimental studies of online and blended Algebra I programs, case studies of exemplary math teachers and instructional programs, and research partnerships with policymakers and practitioners.

Read the full story to see Dr. Walters in action by clicking on links to watch "The Art of Coaching Better Math Instruction" video and reading, "An Up-Close Look at Student-Centered Math Teaching: A Study of Highly Regarded High School Teachers and Their Students," a coauthored research study featured on AIR's website.
4/7/2015 5:27 PM
​Illinois CSI's January 2015 E-newsletter features stories about the Madison School District's efforts to align its curriculum, Dr. Kirk Walters' upcoming presentation on mathematics instruction, five ways to gather data, and the Illinois Statewide Technical Assistance Collaborative (ISTAC). The E-newsletter also introduces our Core Functions and Indicators, which are the anchor of our work.
4/7/2015 5:26 PM
​The Illinois Center for School Improvement’s February 2015 e-newsletter featured Illinois CSI’s collaboration with Morton High School Township District 201, an Illinois CSI resource for facilitating data-driven meetings, and an overview of research concerning standards-aligned curriculum.​
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