Teacher tales: the sweet, the sad, the bad and more

Welcome to a Catalyst Classroom Story Slam, where educators took the stage to share their experiences, insights and feelings about their work. Catalyst produced three slams as part of our year-long, 25th anniversary community engagement campaign. Watch performances from the final slam, held on June 19, the last day of school in Chicago.

Comings and Goings: Sara Stoelinga at Urban Education Institute

Sara Stoelinga has been appointed director of the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute. She will oversee all aspects of UEI, which combines research, practice and policy to improve pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade education for children in urban schools across the country. Stoelinga succeeds Timothy Knowles, who has been appointed Pritzker director of UChicago Urban Labs.

Comings and Goings: Purvis named education czar

Beth Purvis has been named education czar as part of Governor Bruce Rauner’s transition team. Purvis was the former chief executive officer of Chicago International Charter School. No replacement has been named at this time. Be a part of Comings and Goings. Send items to Catalyst Community Editor Vicki Jones: vjones@catalyst-chicago.org