Six New Broadies

Love them or loathe them, there are five new Broad Residents starting in various parts of Chicago this year, including a couple working with charters (Javania Polenska at CICS, Brian Lindholdm at KIPP) and the rest working in the central office. Erin Linville, a former director of the Howard Area Community Center’s Youth Department,will work in College and Career Preparation for Chicago Public Schools.  Mathew Lyons worked for Governor Quinn on education issues and will now work at Human Capital.  Katie Rouse, a former Bain consultant, is going to be in the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer.  This is the 9th year of the Broad Residency, which began in 2002.  This year's class -- the largest ever -- is 46, and they're going into 28 districts, state agencies, and charter networks. To date, 253 residents have been placed, of which the foundation says that 86 percent have stayed in the field of urban education. "Seventy-six percent of this year’s class, selected from a candidate pool of more than 2,500 applicants, come from leading business, policy and law schools such as Harvard University, Duke University or the University of Michigan. Participants have an average of 8 years of experience, typically from a Fortune 500 or other major company.  Forty-six percent are people of color. The Broad Residency continues to be far more selective – at 2 percent – than the highest-rated M.B.A. programs." There's a sixth Broadie working for ISBE, Brandon Williams.


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  • The broad foundation trains people to destroy public education not make it better. By these people move on to another city, cps wilbe a smoking ruin.

  • 23 alums

  • Matthew Lyons has been off and on with the board since Huberman and in Captial for a year and a half.

    You need to find out why entering ideas into the CPS Share your Budget Ideas takes longer than a few minutes to publish ideas? Are they feeding only ideas they want? Don't believe me try it. So far 2 weeks and counting on my ideas being considered by the moderator. Its a joke.

    Hpw com Hubermans cronies are being placed in key directorship positions? I thought JC wanted to shake things up.

  • i believe that anyone working for CPS in a position that affects teacher performance should have at one time been a teacher in an large urban public school system. However, since Daley took responsiblity for the system in the 90s, that belief has gone the way of the buffalo.

    We now have Broadies, former Sears employees, and political appointees running the system who convey the message that teachers and principals are incapable of making smart educational decisions.

    As evidenced by Mr. Lyons' resume, the quickest path to an administrative position in education is to skip the undergrad teaching requirement and go directly for a masters in urban education planning. Not only do you not have to jump through all the hoops needed to get a teaching certificate or worry about finding and/or keeping a position or making sure that all your students are achieving up to their potential or maintaining control in classes often populated with children with serious behavior problems, you also start out:
    -at twice the salary of a first year teacher
    -with 15 vacation days that can be taken at any time of the year (not just December and April), 12 sick days, and three personal days
    -with the freedom to go to the washroom whenever the need arises and to eat lunch at a time of your choosing for the most part

    No wonder these people believe they are smarter than teachers.


  • In reply to Anonymous:

    Well gee, the Mayor is the head of CPS, should he have to be a teacher, too?

    The fact is, schools were not better when professional educators rose through the ranks and became superintendents. These educators frequently forgot that they were not just there for the school parents and students but also there for the taxpayers.

    One of the reasons that teachers must deal with behaviorally disordered students is because of educators who demanded that these students be educated, and then also demanded mainstreaming. In their zest to educate these difficult to educate students, they forgot that disruptive students would impact the education to the other students because they no doubt thought class sizes with such students would be smaller, again, because they were not as in tune with the demand of the tax payers to keep costs in check, they wound up with larger class sizes and a more disruptive student body.

  • In reply to cermakRd:

    Sorry, I don't follow your "logic".
    The latest group of non-professional educators will not reduce class size nor deal with behaviorally challenged students outside of the regular ed classroom. They actually push for even more of the same.
    Things have only gotten worse.

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