About Dr. Ken Wallace
Superintendent of Maine Township High School District 207
Dr. Ken Wallace is in his 14th year with Maine Township High School District 207, first as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and for the past 10 years as Superintendent. While Dr. Wallace was Assistant Superintendent he led improvements in the District’s technology program that included becoming Google’s first k-12 partner and pioneering 1:1 learning.
In 2015, Maine 207 received an International Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Award from the Center for Digital Education, and was the District named one of America’s 14 Most Innovative School Systems in April of 2016 by Tech Insider. In 2018 the District was selected as one of 30 US Districts for inclusion in the Successful Practices Network study for Districts that have improved performance despite demographic trends that typically lead to lower achievement.
Dr. Wallace has made teacher leadership and job-embedded professional development a focus. District 207 is perhaps the only U.S. district that includes annual instructional coaching plans for all teachers who work with peer teacher coaches. The District’s class of 2018 is likely the first class of US students to attend high schools in which every teacher every year had an annual instructional coaching plan. One of the District’s four coaching paths includes authentic teacher action research, and the District has developed a research consortium with Northwestern, Illinois ASCD, several other universities and local Districts. The District is opening up an innovative fifth coaching plan in the 2019 school year in partnership with Northwestern and National Louis in which District teachers will coach student teachers through their student teaching experience.
Dr. Wallace was named the 2018 national Association of Career and Technical Education Champion of the year for the District’s innovative work to improve college and career counseling and experiences for every District student. An educator for 33 years, Dr. Wallace was a high school English and journalism teacher for five years and taught computer science for six years. He holds B.S. and M.S. Degrees from the University of Southern Indiana and Ed.S and Ph.D degrees from Indiana State University.
Latest Message/Announcement from Dr. WallacePresidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s recent proposal to provide relief to many US citizens burdened by the student loan debt crisis has elevated the conversation in an important way locally and nationally. CBS News has run stories recently on the issue, and I was even a guest on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight show on April 25th to discuss what Maine Township High School District 207 is doing to provide precision “Return on Investment” career advisement to our students to help alleviate the debt problem and improve overall career outcomes for students. Let’s frame the debt conversation, as the US News and World Report recently announced its annual list of “top” high schools in America on April 30, 2019, to a larger conversation about how best to serve today’s students in a significantly changed work and education landscape. To begin that we must consider whether or not the measures used to determine these...