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Dexter Chaney (IL '10)

Assistant Principal & Faculty Fellow for the Miles Family Fellowship

KIPP Destiny Elementary School
Dallas, TX

Grade(s): Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8

At the time of the Award, Dexter Chaney was:

Martin A. Ryerson Elementary School
Chicago, IL

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 3

Biographical Information

A polished professional brimming with talent, Dexter Chaney is a positive role model who teaches his third-grade students at Martin A. Ryerson School in Chicago, IL, to be active members of their academic and local communities. A member of the Chicago Area Alliance of Black School Educators, Chaney has initiated such community-based projects as the “Clean and Green Day,” a neighborhood cleanup program that pairs male teachers with middle-school students to encourage teamwork and provide mentorship. He holds positions of responsibility on the school’s Leadership Team and its Data Analysis and Curriculum Alignment teams. As both a grade-level and schoolwide leader, Chaney is respected by pupils, peers and parents alike.

A regular participant in after-school programs and Saturday school, he disaggregates data to differentiate and align instruction. Although the bell rings at 9 a.m., his students show up at 7:30 a.m.—including those from other classes—to get help on class assignments before the day starts. Chaney knows every one of the kids’ names, not just in his class but in the entire school. The difference Chaney has made is manifest in the statistical gains the school has achieved. Before his arrival, Ryerson held a 37 percent average for third graders meeting or exceeding grade level. This number has climbed to 65 percent, and Chaney’s students have met or exceeded expectations at a rate of 90 percent. Chaney’s impact, however, extends well beyond sheer numbers alone to the success of the total student.

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Article: Rising to the Top to Help Those at the Bottom

Milestone: Dexter Chaney (IL '10) Selected as a U.S. Teaching Ambassador

Dexter Chaney In The News

Chicago teacher wins prestigious education prize (PHOTOS)
MSNBC  |  Nov 29, 2010  |  Chicago, IL

Chicago teacher gets national educator award
Chicago Breaking News  |  Chicago Tribune  |  Nov 29, 2010  |  ,

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