Anthony White Named the 2014 Outstanding Illinois Charter School Eighth Grader by the INCS!

Anthony was selected as Outstanding 8th grader by INCS because of his outstanding achievement, passion and innovation within the charter school community. Anthony will receive his award of excellence at the INCS Statewide Charter School Conference on November 3 at Chicago Marriott Downtown Chicago.

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Alain Locke Hosts 20 Teachers from Leading Educators

On October 16 Alain Locke hosted 20 Teacher Leaders from an organization called Leading Educators. The idea behind the school visit was for the Leading Educator Fellows to go well beyond their own institutions to witness for themselves the schools across the country that are ensuring excellent results for kids. Alain Locke was selected for its proven track record in closing the achievement gap by utilizing some of the best educational practices currently exhibited in Chicago.

Leading Educators is a two-year professional development program for teacher leaders. All Fellows work in open enrollment, public schools throughout Greater New Orleans, Kansas City, and Washington, D.C.

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Principal Patrick Love Presenting at the 2014 Illinois Charter School Conference

The 2014 Illinois Charter Schools Conference hosted by the Illinois Network of Charter Schools will take place on Monday, November 3 at the Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.  Mr. Love will be presenting on Alain Locke’s successful transition to implementing the Common Core.

Preparing for PARCC: What does Common Core really mean for our schools?
For months and even years, Common Core has been a national news item, policy debate, and political lightning rod. But at its heart, it is about teaching and learning. What will it mean for students and teachers in Illinois charter schools? This session will feature a national and local perspective on these questions. Sandra Alberti will share her perspective as a national leader in development of state assessments that will measure Common Core standards: where is this being done best and what does it look like? How can schools and districts capture what is best about these standards and avoid the challenges that Common Core detractors warn about? Pat Love, Principal at Alain Locke Charter School, a high performing charter school in Chicago, will share his learnings from Common Core implementation. This session will also look at the differences in a Common Core classroom of today versus a classroom 3-4 years ago, the challenges of Common Core and how others can ramp up their implementation of it.

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