"UC turned to Tim Knowles, another guy that raises the average IQ in the room when he attends a meeting. I met Tim in Boston in the 90's where he served as Tom Payzant's deputy in what was America's best run urban school district.
Since the last time I visited Tim, he's created the best example of a university-based school improvement engine, under the umbrella of the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute(UEI), with four high functioning units:
1. Rigorous applied research lead by the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research;
2. Developing urban teachers and leaders through the University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program;
3. Four campus K-12 network called the University of Chicago Charter School; and
4. Powering national school improvement efforts with innovative tools and learning opportunities UChicago Impact."—Ed Week