Chris Jakicic, EdD served as principal of Woodlawn Middle School in Illinois from its opening day in 1999 through the spring of 2007. Under her leadership, the staff embraced the PLC model as they added collaborative content teams focused on the four critical questions. During this time, they also began using common formative assessments to determine which students needed more time and support, and used the results to shape their instructional strategies. Woodlawn is one of the schools featured on allthingsplc.info. Dr. Jakicic began her career teaching middle school science before serving as principal of Willow Grove Elementary School in Illinois for nine years. At Willow Grove, she helped teachers develop high-performing collaborative teams to assure success for all students.
Dr. Jakicic has worked closely with schools and districts that want to use the power of common formative assessments to increase learning for all students. She provides specific, practical strategies for teams who want to make the best use of their limited common planning time to write effective assessments at the rigor of the Common Core State Standards. Teams can use the data from these assessments to effectively provide students with exactly what they need next.
Dr. Jakicic has coauthored several books on common formative assessments, as well as articles detailing her experiences in schools across the country. She has worked as an adjunct instructor at National-Louis University as well as Loyola University Chicago, where she earned a doctor of education.