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District 155 teacher and research team receive national recognition

Shannon Levitt
Shannon Levitt

A Crystal Lake Central High School teacher and a 10-member team made up of Illinois teachers were national finalists for Most Actionable Research at the “Eddies” for their published work on school discipline reform and restorative discipline tactics.

The “Eddies” is an Oscar-type awards celebration that recognizes those who have made efforts to advance policy and advocacy efforts on behalf of students.

As a member of the Illinois Teaching Policy Fellowship in 2017-2018, teacher Shannon Levitt, worked with the research team to develop the report, “From Zero to 100: Teachers’ Views on Implementation of Discipline Reform.” The cohort collaborated with the Illinois Education Association to survey 400 teachers across the state regarding their perceptions and attitudes of disciple reform measures in direct response to Illinois State legislation on discipline reform (Senate Bill 100).

“I can’t think of another staff member that I could be more happy for. Shannon’s relentless determination to assist students in any way possible is truly appreciated and is deserving of this type of award,” said District 155 Superintendent Steve Olson.

After two years of collecting and analyzing data, the research team published the report and presented their research to state policy makers, wrote five published op-eds and presented their work at four statewide conferences. Levitt was one of the lead authors on the report.

“It is an honor to have our work publicly recognized for ‘moving the policy needle’ both at the state and national level. Discipline reform is on the minds of educators, policy makers, parents, students, and law enforcement professionals; therefore, this work is important to discuss with all stakeholders involved,” Levitt said.

She completed her fellowship in June, and will continue to focus her efforts on teacher leadership in the classroom.

“I am thrilled to show my AP Research students, through the fruits of our laborious research project in the discipline of education, that research does not exist in an academic bubble; good research is innovative, progressive, and can make a real difference in our world,” Levitt said.

Levitt has been working at District 155 for 17 years. She teaches AP Research, Senior AVID and English 101.

The published report, From Zero to 100: Teachers’ Views on Implementation of Discipline Reform,” can be viewed here.

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