DeSoto ISD is using this broken school year to engineer a new educational system

What if online K-12 education could take place in the evening, when more parents are available to help kids with their studies? What if, once a student learns a concept, the child could move on to the next concept right away, rather than waiting for classmates to catch up? What if teachers could focus on the aspects of teaching they are best at, and adjust their work schedules to fit their needs? At a time when most parents and educators are scrambling to figure out how to have school at all,

Can schools deliver a better distance learning experience this fall?

If you’ve been on social media lately, you might have noticed parents gearing up for an impending battle. Not against the coronavirus, but something many seem to dread even more: remote learning. “I can’t do this again!” some exclaim, while bothering every homeschooling family they ever met for advice and stockpiling highlighters. “Remote learning is useless for my child,” others say, “He needs to be in school.” Some parents are fretting about whether to form backyard learning pods, or lookin

Defining Purpose in the Midst of a Pandemic —

In DeSoto ISD, Anytime, Anywhere Learning (AAL) provides access to high-quality learning experiences for every single child through the creativity, collaboration, and solution-orientation of teachers and leaders. AAL seeks to remove barriers to those learning experiences for every child and to move beyond the bounds of the brick and mortar school building or the limitations of the clock. AAL means blended learning opportunities for every child, anytime, anywhere. Although the move toward AAL was expedited by the global pandemic, AAL is the catalyst for the shift towards a deeper learning environment, increased flexibility and personalization of learning.

Breaking systemic racism starts by reforming public education

Recently I’ve been taken back to December 2015, when my former student, Quintonio LeGrier, was killed on his front porch by a Chicago police officer who said he reacted out of fear. Q was the perfect student, quiet, and loved math and science. He was one of the students who inspired me to run the Chicago Marathon to raise money to purchase clean drinking water for kids in Africa. I miss him. I still think about him to this day. Like many, I sat paralyzed watching the image of another dead black

DeSoto ISD Student Advisory Council Is Focused On Listening

DESOTO – With an intentional focus on listening and learning from every stakeholder in the district, including students, DeSoto Independent School District Superintendent of Schools D’Andre J. Weaver, Ph.D., began his formal meetings with the newly-formed Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council this week. “I spend a lot of time talking with adults about the things that we need to do to improve, and I had been waiting to hear from our students, the most important voice in our system,” said Dr.

EdTech Transforming K12 Student Outcomes

Panelists: Steve Smith, CEO & Founder, Intellispark D’Andre Weaver, Superintendent, Desoto Independent School District Jessie Woolley-Wilson, CEO & President, Dreambox Learning Mike Evans, Chief Revenue Officer, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Moderator: Sara Allan, Deputy Director US Education, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation “House Whips”: Phyllis Lockett, CEO, LEAP Innovations Karen Cator, CEO, Digital Promise

DeSoto ISD Superintendent Launches Listening Tour

DESOTO—Newly Installed DeSoto Independent School District Superintendent Dr. D’Andre Weaver has announced another leg of his listening tour. Since beginning as superintendent a little over a month ago Weaver has held one-on-ones, town hall meetings and coffee chats with residents, students and parents about the embattled district. Dr. Weaver will host the Coffee and Conversation series, a Wednesday morning chat series at campuses across the district. Coffee and Conversation will take place at 7

The Pride Of Roseland: Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep Wins National Blue Ribbon Award

ROSELAND — High school senior Zaporah W. Price has her near future planned out: Harvard University after graduation and Northwestern University for law school. And now the Class of 2019 president at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep Academy can tell her future classmates she hails from a National Blue Ribbon Award-winning high school. The Roseland high school was honored this week with national award, one of 349 schools in the country to be recognized for overall academic performance or progress i

Press Release: June 4, 2018 | Pahara Institute

SAN FRANCISCO (June 4, 2018) – The Pahara Institute announced today the Fall 2018 cohort of NextGen Fellows. These 24 leaders have been recognized for their outstanding leadership and potential to help shape the future of equity and excellence in education. “Amplifying the voices of incredible leaders who bring racial, regional, and ideological diversity and representation to the education sector is more important now than ever before,” said Kim Smith, Pahara Institute Founder and CEO. “We are

Love and Learning at Illinois

by the College of Education at Illinois  /   May 4, 2018 The longtime romance of Illinois graduates D’Andre Weaver, Ed.M. ’10 EOL, and his wife, Chyla, Ed.M. ’10 EOL, has a fairytale quality to it—one with a distinctive hue of orange and blue. The high school sweethearts applied to colleges simultaneously, and D’Andre was right by Chyla’s side when she nervously opened her acceptance letter to Illinois. They experienced undergraduate life together on campus, lived in Champaign working as educ

College honors 2018 Distinguished Alumni and Young Alumni Achievement graduates

by the College of Education at Illinois  /   Mar 12, 2018 The College of Education’s annual Distinguished Alumni & Young Alumni Achievement Awards event honors both seasoned alumni and young graduates who are leading the way in the education field. This year’s event was held on March 9 in the Alma Mater Room of the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign. A reception, dinner, and awards program were all part of the evening’s festivities. Dean James D. Anderson and Professor William Trent we

U.S News and World Reports Best High Schools (State and U.S.)

Brooks College Prep Academy High School is ranked 10th within Illinois. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® course work and exams. The AP® participation rate at Brooks College Prep Academy High School is 96 percent. The student body makeup is 37 percent male and 63 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 100 percent. Brooks College Prep Academy High School is 1 of 116 high schools in the Chicago Public Schools.

Chicago Tribune - CPS teachers get chance to research cancer with University of Chicago

Teachers and students will get a chance to spend summers researching cancer through a University of Chicago program designed to encourage students typically underrepresented in science to consider a career in the field. The Chicago EYES (Educators and Youth Enjoy Science) on Cancer program, which begins this summer for high school and college students and Chicago Public Schools teachers, is an expansion of a previous program that did not include teacher training.

Mr. D’Andre Weaver - Southern Education Foundation

D'Andre Weaver is passionate about helping students realize their dreams. Having served in various school and central office capacities, D’Andre understands the power of high quality teaching, learning, and leadership, and how those factors impact the future trajectory of the children in our public education system. Mr. Weaver is a proud product of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system, attending both elementary and high school in Chicago. Upon graduating from the University of Illinois Urban

Racial Equity Leadership Network - Southern Education Foundation

Despite decades-long efforts of education reform, there is remarkably little improvement in the capability of the American education system to generate the learning outcomes that the racially and socioeconomically diverse student body of today needs.  Meaningful efforts to gain parity in access and achievement require a bold and significant shift in the approach to education leadership and practice.  Additionally, it creates the imperative for leaders to openly and authentically center race within education equity discussions.
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