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ABOUT EVAN follow on Twitter @EvanWhitehead00

Evan Whitehead 

Evan started his career in education as a crisis and behavior interventionist at therapeutic day school in the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago, IL.

Over his career he has held the following positions:  Special Education Paraprofessional, Special Education High School Teacher, Latino Parent Outreach Coordinator, Dean of Student Discipline, Community Outreach Coordinator, Director of Special Services, Director of Bilingual Education and English Learners, Title I Director, and Assistant Superintendent of Special Services. 


Evan also worked as a District Liaison with the Illinois State Board of Education’s Statewide System of Support.  As a District Liaison Evan was charged with leading District Assistance Teams in implementing supports to districts  targeted at building district capacity to improve supports to schools specifically in dramatically reducing the largest within-school gaps in achievement or largest within-school gaps in graduation rates at the high school level between the highest performing student group(s) and the lowest performing student group(s) for any of the following groups when compared to their counterpart group: racial and ethnic minority students, English language learners (ELLs), students with disabilities (SWD), or low-income students.


Evan is also a National Consultant, Trainer and Presenter with aha! Process A Ruby Payne Company  and Executive Director of Educational Services with Strategic Project Management, Inc. in which he oversees training, professional development, continuous improvement services for school districts, higher education institutions, non-profit organizations, social-service agencies. 


In September 2019, Evan was appointed to a four year term, on the Illinois State Board of Education Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Consolidated Committee of Practitioners (CCOP), by Illinois State Board of Education, State Superintendent Dr. Carmen I. Ayala.  The mission of ESEA Consolidated Committee of Practitioners is to study and advise the Illinois State Board of Education on the implementation of programs under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to ensure that high quality services are available for all students especially those most in need.


Evan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education with a concentration of Bilingual Bi-cultural Special Education and English as a Second Language, Minor in Spanish Language and Literature and Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Administration. Evan also studied Afro-Latino Studies and Spanish Language at Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in Santiago, Dominican Republic.


Evan's areas of expertise include Special Education, Social Emotional Learning, Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), District/School Continuous Improvement, and Federal Programs.


Evan is a husband, father, mental health advocate, and has coached youth sports for over 15 years. 


Every child and every community deserves high-quality services, access to capacity-building opportunities, and a first-class education.

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