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In the Field

OIPL Partners with Local Schools


For the past three years, Guerin College Prep and DePaul University’s Office of Innovative Professional Learning (OIPL) have collaborated on professional development, coaching, and mentoring of teachers. With teachers as leaders, DePaul guided Guerin in creating a team of “Instructional Innovators” (II). The II team support their peer colleagues as teacher leaders and work closely with DePaul to create professional development programs. This partnership will continue with ongoing coaching and mentoring of teachers as Guerin continues its evolution as a school of excellence.

Beginning in 2015, DePaul’s OIPL and Queen of Martyrs School launched a partnership aimed at support Queen of Martyrs in examining current academic achievement and methods to move students to greater heights of success. Past professional development has focused on Close Reading and assessment. Next year, DePaul faculty and graduate students will support Queen of Martyr faculty with a focus on writing.

St. Laurence High School has been a partner of OIPL for the past three years. The partnership has supported St. Laurence in becoming the first Catholic school to receive AdvancED accreditation as a STEM school. As St. Laurence goes co-educational during the 2017-2018 school year, DePaul faculty will offer mentoring and coaching to St. Laurence faculty and administration to support this new model of teaching.

OIPL began a partnership with St. Theresa with the focus on developing pillars of academic focus to guide the ongoing success of the school. The development of these pillars was guided by DePaul, providing professional development and coaching to teachers to discover the best practices to support learning for students