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ERIC Number: EJ1013940
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1537-5749
Jane of All Trades: Des Plaines Chief is Illinois Superintendent of the Year
Finkel, Ed
District Administration, v49 n4 p63-66 Apr 2013
Jane L. Beyer Westerhold knows no boundaries. As superintendent of the Des Plaines (Ill.) Community Consolidated School District 62 in suburban Chicago, Westerhold has led a three-year master plan with a $109 million facilities upgrade, narrowed the achievement gap between low-income and other students, and kept a AA+ bond rating--the highest given by the Illinois State Board of Education. She managed this despite a recession and a diverse student body, which speaks 61 languages. In recognition, Westerhold was named the 2013 Illinois Superintendent of the Year by the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA). This article describes Westerhold's accomplishments including planning and overseeing 625,700 square feet of renovations and 109,200 square feet of new construction over a 3-year period during an economic bust; narrowing the achievement gap between low-income students and others from 28 percent in 2005 to 14 percent today on the Illinois Standards Achievement Test, even as the percentage of low-income students rose from 28 percent to 45 percent in the same period; and in 2006 incorporating the Charlotte Danielson framework for professional development, a research-based program that in part provides a common vocabulary and helps teachers understand expectations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois
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