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District 204 Names Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, High Schools

Reported by on 2/9/21

District 204's Board of Education approved the recommendation to hire Dr. Nicole Howard as Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, High Schools. Howard will begin her role July 1, 2021.

Since 2017, Howard has served as Assistant Superintendent for Academic and Family Services at Proviso Township High Schools District 209. Before that, she was the Chief Academic Officer, Principal, Mathematics Department Chair, and teacher at North Lawndale College Preparatory Schools. Earlier in her career, Howard was a special education teacher at Chicago Public Schools District 299. During her time at Proviso Township High Schools District 209, she developed intervention programs to increase attendance and graduation rates and implemented instructional coaching and mentoring programs for teachers. Under her leadership, the district increased the rigor in freshman and sophomore level courses, resulting in an 11 percent increase in student enrollment in dual credit, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate courses.

Superintendent Dr. Adrian Talley said Howard is an outstanding leader with a strong track record of success in overseeing high schools. “Dr. Howard was selected from an extremely diverse field of highly effective educators because of her focus on ensuring that our high school students have a robust program focused on rigor for all students,” Dr. Talley said. “She understands the need to have strong relationships with staff, students, and the community and believes that her role is to support the schools in reaching their goals.”

Howard earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Truman State University, a Master of Science in education with a concentration in special education from Chicago State University and a Doctorate in Urban Educational Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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