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Jean Kane has been the Dean of Students at Rickover Naval Academy for the past 2 years but has been a chemistry and physics educator in Chicago Public Schools for 18 years. She was the first chemistry/physics CASE (Chicago Academic Systemic Examination) coordinator for CPS.  The position required that Jean write the standards for chemistry and physics for the district. She also designed and implemented the logistics for the citywide testing as she worked with teachers who created the test items. 

Ms. Kane has designed and conducted professional development for the CPS district’s AP chemistry teachers and for the science teachers at North Lawndale College Prep Charter School.

Jean was an instructional chemistry and physics coach for the University of Illinois-Loyola University in IDS (Instructional Design System) for 3 years. In that position, she oversaw the implementation of inquiry-based curricula, which focused on higher-order thinking skills in several Chicago Public High Schools. During that time Jean managed 54 high school instructors, using student work and data from our formative and summative assessments to drive their instruction.  She assisted them in forming professional learning communities and working in unison.  Also, Ms. Kane worked with school instructional leadership teams in assisting them with aligning curriculum to state and national standards.  She's worked with the Chemistry Department chairperson at the University of Illinois in the capacity of conducting CTTI (Chicago Transformation Teacher Institute) workshops.  The workshops focused on vertical alignment, Common Core Standards, and NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) in the high school curricula.  She was also the science department chairperson at Rickover Naval Academy for a year.

Jean has received several RET (research experience for teachers) fellowships to do research from the National Science Foundation. The experiences allowed her to be involved in research projects at Northwestern University, University of Illinois-Chicago, Argonne National Laboratory, Fermi Lab, and the University of Chicago.


"I am only ONE, but I am ONE. I cannot do EVERYTHING, but I can do SOMETHING. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do".
Edward Everett Hale