Shared Leadership Facilitator
Susan Jensen is a consultant at Strategic Learning Initiatives (SLI) where she has worked with a group of Chicago Public School (CPS) principals with a focus on implementation and monitoring SLI’s Focused Instruction initiative pilot through CPS schools. Susan concentrates on the improvement of teaching and learning in the area of language arts. Susan has worked for the Chicago Public School system for 35 years, as a teacher, a counselor, an assistant principal at Drummond Elementary, Gray Elementary and Finkl Academy. Prior to her retirement she was the principal of Chicago’s Finkl Academy. As principal she was instrumental in increasing Illinois State Achievement Test (ISAT) composite scores from 23.3% to 79.9% in 2007. Also in 2007, Finkl Academy was recognized as one, of only ten, Chicago Public Schools to have increased their science ISAT scores beyond 80%. In addition to increasing the ISAT test scores her responsibilities included selecting, monitoring and evaluating 73 staff members, as well as curriculum and programs for 850 students. Susan also led strategic and tactical improvement planning and managed Finkl’s $2.5 million budget. Susan has a B.S. in Elementary Education and her M.Ed. in Reading and Learning Disabilities from DePaul University. In addition, she is a state certified in guidance and counseling and English as a second language (ESL). Prior to becoming a principal she received a fellowship at the Leadership Academy and Urban Network for Chicago (LAUNCH) through Northwestern University in cooperation with the Chicago Public Schools. Jensen has also served as a mentor to new principals in Chicago Public Schools. She has also worked on the principal eligibility process, with the Office of Principal Preparation Development at CPS, reviewing portfolios and interviewing prospective principal candidates.