Chicago SEED

Chicago SEED

The Center of Excellence for Educator Preparation and Innovation at Voorhees University launched the Chicago SEED (Supporting Effective Educator Development) Program in 2022. One of several priorities is to increase educator efficacy and attract educators to this rewarding field of education including those with diverse or nontraditional backgrounds to obtain alternative certification and licensure to teach. Opening doors to equitable access to resources and opportunities for students while meeting their social, emotional, and academic needs are additional priorities. Team leaders also guide teachers through the rigorous process of obtaining National Board Certification, the most respected teaching credential available. 

Chicago SEED received a three-year, $18.9 million federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education to pursue this work. The team is working closely with its partners, the Youth Connection Charter School (YCCS), The Institute for Organizational Coherence, KDR Global Education Solutions, The Center for Research & Mentoring of Black Male Students & Teachers at Bowie State University, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

The Chicago SEED team, in collaboration with their national partners, is working together with YCCS to design and build capacity across 17 campuses in Chicago to ensure that each participating educator is successful in the classroom. Together they are replicating some of the work of renowned educator Marva Collins, who founded a school in Chicago to inspire success in students.

The Chicago SEED Program Team

Dr. Andress Carter-Sims

Dr. Andress Carter-Sims

Project Director
Mrs. Kathy McMillan-Bennon

Mrs. Kathy McMillan-Bennon

Clinical Education Manager
Dr. Audrey Harris

Dr. Audrey Harris

Professional Learning Curriculum Content Developer
Ms. Nadine Edney

Ms. Nadine Edney

Professional Development Coordinator
Ms. Ponya Wray

Ms. Ponya Wray

Executive Administrative Assistant

The Chicago SEED: Road to Renewal Summit, April 2024

The Chicago SEED Team held a summit for the entire Youth Connection Charter School network on Monday, April 1, 2024. Sessions focused on a range of topics including improvement science, competency-based lesson planning, cultural relevance, student engagement, literacy and math instructional strategies. Members can access the presentation decks and review session details via the link below. Membership sign-up and the resources are both free! 

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