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Summer Principals Academy
The Education Leadership Program in the Department of Organization and Leadership
Nancy Nassr the Associate Director of ChicagoQuest is helping lead the way in urban education reform by using games and game-like learning principles to engage both students and teachers in design and inquiry-based thinking. Nancy began her career as an educator nearly thirteen years ago when her journey brought her to ChicagoQuest becoming one of the founding teachers there. In her work at CQ, Nancy has developed and designed games for both classroom use, and for professional development with her teachers. Nancy’s work both in and out of the classroom has led to dramatic gains in student achievement, particularly in her work with the high school. As a result of her efforts both teaching and leading the first year of the high school at ChicagoQuest, the freshmen class grew by almost two years on their standardized exams. Perhaps her most impactful work with teachers this year has been designing and leading professional development with a focus on creating contextualized learning spaces that generate powerful learning experiences for students. Nancy aspires to develop herself as a school leader in the hopes of replicating this work in other communities across the country.