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Comprehensive Assistance Center


The Great Lakes East Comprehensive Assistance Center, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is operated by Learning Point Associates. Great Lakes East, which focuses its work in Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio, is part of the network of 16 regional comprehensive centers and five national content centers. The regional comprehensive centers provide technical assistance designed to raise the capacity of states to help districts and schools meet the goals of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act.


A Network for Educational Change in the Great Lakes Region: A View Through the Lens of Educational Service Agencies (Adobe PDF Icon Adobe® Reader® PDF 1.5 MB)
Building state capacity often means tapping into the readily available statewide networks to leverage the appropriate support and resources for educational change. Great Lakes East and Great Lakes West frequently work to help state education agencies identify potential partners within their statewide systems of support. This report describes the structure and the role of educational service agencies (ESAs) in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin in their statewide systems of support with a specific focus on their potential capacity to assist districts and schools in the work of educational improvement as reported by state ESA leaders. To gather this information, Great Lakes East and Great Lakes West worked closely with the Association of Educational Service Agencies—the national professional organization of ESAs—to conduct a survey in the region. The findings are based on data as reported through the perspective of ESAs.

Going Out on Top
Recently Retired Assistant Principal Receives State Honors

Naperville, Illinois—The Illinois Principals Association honored its finest on Tuesday at the Assistant Principals Conference and Dean's Day: "Leaders Serving Children Every Step of the Way" at the Hilton in Lisle, Illinois. Among the honorees was Denise Claessens, who was named the 2007 Illinois Assistant Principal of the Year for her innovative school improvement efforts at Elk Grove High School (EGHS).

Read the press release from Learning Point Associates.

Indiana Department of Education Releases
Graduation Rates for 2007
With an increase of 0.4% over the previous year, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) stated that approximately three-quarters (76.5 percent) of Indiana students earned a high school diploma within four years in 2007, and Dr. Suellen Reed stated “The stark reality that not all high school students graduate is by no means a new concern in America, but earning a diploma has never been more critical to future opportunities than it is today…Despite signs of improvement in some communities, far too many Hoosier students leave school lacking this basic credential.”

Michigan Teacher Named As Finalist
"Current Michigan Teacher of the Year, June Teisan, has been named one of four finalists for the nation’s top teaching honor—National Teacher of the Year. The announcement came…from the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), which runs the national program sponsored by the ING Foundation. The program is in its 58th year of honoring excellence in teaching."

Read the press release from the Michigan Department of Education.

Ohio Department of Education Names 96 Schools of Distinction
“Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Tave Zelman … announced that 96 schools have been selected as 2006–2007 State Superintendent’s Schools of Distinction. Zelman made the announcement during the Ohio Special Education Leadership Conference at the Columbus Convention Center. … ‘Case studies from the past two years show us that Schools of Distinction design excellent instruction and provide appropriate support to ensure that all students succeed,’ Zelman said. ‘These schools also set high expectations for their students, including students with disabilities, and enlist parents and community members in adopting a “whatever-it-takes” attitude to help children learn.”

Read the press release from the Ohio Department of Education.


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