Wednesday, August 20, 2014


Welcome.  This post is for the purpose of sharing the documentation and statistical data behind the analysis of student growth in public schools, charter schools, and turnaround schools in Chicago.

Click here for access to the charts, graphs, and data files.

Monday, August 4, 2014

The Administrators Alliance for Proven Policy and Legislation in Education (AAPPLE)

After a couple weeks of posting to this blog, I began to put my attention toward working with principals who wanted to create an institution that could empower the voices of school leaders to influence education policy for the benefit and growth of students and the people dedicated to serving them.

That institution is the Administrator's Alliance for Proven Policy and Legislation in Education (AAPPLE).  For more information, please see our web page.


Troy LaRaviere

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Principal Resignation Letter

Principal Resignation Letter

"In my vision about student achievement, a principal needs to be proactive and have autonomy in making decisions that work with her school and vision. In my four years at Inter-American, I have had four CEO’s. Each CEO has had a drastically different agenda. In all of these changes, principals have been left out of the dialogue about the work that they want us to do in our school and often left me with reacting to rapid changes and misguided directives."

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Principal Laraviere, 

As the gasps subsided and the tears rolled down my face on Saturday,  I finally realized that maybe their was nothing "wrong" with me.

 Maybe I was okay, and was in fact, doing my job everyday to the best of my ability but, the conditions were wrong. Thank you for letting me know I am okay and not crazy and not worthless in this work I love SO much but, had given up on in this system. 

You have no idea what you have done for so many of us who cannot speak out and who are frankly, afraid to do so. 

I just wanted to extend a deep heartfelt thank you. thank you. thank you. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Principal Adam Parrott-Sheffer: How CPS turns promising ideas into harmful practice

This article was released today.  It is an absolute must read.  It is a bit long for this blog so please click THIS LINK or paste the address below into your browser.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Eloquent Call to Action from Northside CPS Mother and Principal: It's time for us to organize

I've been fortunate to work as principal of a school in Network 1 where there is less micro-managing and harassment of principals than in other networks in Chicago.  I have not been subjected to as much hushing or humiliation as others have.  Yet I, too, am deeply frustrated with the state of education in our city.  

My own child will begin kindergarten this September and I have decided to enroll her in a neighborhood school. We didn't apply for magnet or lottery programs because philosophically those feel at odds with what I value in education - high quality education to EVERY child in EVERY neighborhood.  The discrepancy in funding between neighborhood and selective enrollment schools alarms me.  Eight years from now when she is ready to apply for high school I will feel torn in helping her navigate such a cut-throat system of inequity in Chicago high schools. I love living and working in Chicago, but I understand why families move to the suburbs where school systems are more equitable and more beneficial to all students (high achieving and otherwise).

The privatization of education in our city and nation wide alarms me.  Unfunded mandates (PE and Art) weigh heavily on my shoulders as I prepare to present a budget recommendation to my LSC.  My deep passion for differentiation and meeting the needs of all students is extremely difficult to make a reality with such a bare-bones budget.   

I've been part of multiple conversations about over-hauling the Chicago Principal and Administrators Association or launching a different and coordinated effort to speak out for what our students need.  Principals and the Chicago Teachers Union should be working shoulder-to-shoulder and standing together at microphones on most matters in education.  I'm ready to organize and speak out. Who will join me in organizing our principals? 

Heather Yutzy
Belding School