Lisa Vahey

Conversation with Distinguished Educator Lisa Vahey
with Linda Belans, Ed.D

Originally aired in September, 2010

Lisa began her career as a first grade teacher in Chicago where she was so successful that the University of Chicago made her classroom a demonstration project. She developed one of the best urban literacy practices with about 35

kids in the room. As Dick Streedain says: “An ordinary school with one spectacular teacher.” He knows her work because he coordinated Northwestern University's MAT Program, working with new teachers in urban schools. Lisa did induction for new teachers walking alongside them from student teaching through their first two years. This program was so successful that the University of Chicago invited her to oversee their teacher induction program – she's one of four or five people who have moved that

program to national prominence. Lisa established the New Teacher Center's Chicago office, which has supported over 1,000 new teachers and increased their retention rate in the city's hardest to staff schools. Lisa is at the forefront of education, involved in policy making as part of Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and President Obama's Race to the Top.

Here is a link to the audio.

Transcripts on request.

Thank you Dick Streedain and Dick Best for your vision for this Distinguished Educator Series; this really rare opportunity for our leaders and educators across the country.