Fund’s Work with Principals Featured in Education Post
“I Became a Principal to Make School a Place Where Students Wanted to Be”
Written by Maureen Kelleher
As a youngster, LeViis Haney wasn’t the greatest student. In a recent blog for Education Week, he shares his struggle to stay motivated. But thanks to many great teachers who gave him the room to take an active role in his own learning, he chose to enter education, become a school principal and earn a Ph.D.
Today, Haney is paying it forward by leading his school, Lovett Elementary on Chicago’s far West Side, into the world of personalized learning. In his second year as Lovett’s principal, he and his staff decided they were ready to tackle a perennial challenge—boredom and related discipline problems among Lovett’s middle schoolers.
By joining forces with the Chicago Public Education Fund and LEAP Innovations, Haney and Lovett’s teachers were able to redesign the middle-school experience from the ground up. By carving out extra planning time for teachers to think deeply about their practices, Lovett has transformed its spaces, use of time and relationships between teachers and students to give each young person a much more tailored learning experience. (You can read more about it here.)