Carol Roach to Retire from Curriculum Leadership Institute Presidency

Carol Roach will retire from the presidency of the Curriculum Leadership Institute June 30th. CLI is an Emporia-based nonprofit organization that assists school districts throughout the nation to upgrade the quality of their curriculum, instruction and student testing processes. Carol, who has been president since 1996, will continue to serve CLI as an advisor to the new leadership team.

Carol started her career in education as an elementary teacher in the Raytown, Missouri and Lawrence, Kansas public schools, and the Emporia State University Laboratory School. She was later employed by the ESU's Center for Educational Research and Service (now Jones Institute for Educational Excellence) to
write public school curriculum guides under the provisions of a contract with the Kansas Joint Commission for Public Understanding of the Law. The Commission consisted of members from the Kansas Supreme Court, Kansas Bar Association, Kansas State Department of Education, Kansas State University and Emporia State University. Grades K-12 curriculum guides were to be written in accordance with principles established under a nationwide citizenship program titled Law-Related Education. The publications written by Carol and produced by the Jones Institute were titled Life, Liberty, Law, and were broadly distributed to schools in Kansas and other interested states. Excerpts from the series have been reprinted by the American Bar Association, Boy Scouts of America, and the Character Counts! Coalition.

During the time Carol was writing Life, Liberty, Law, she also served as director of Continuing Field Services for the Jones Institute. In that role she was co-author of a series of training manuals titled Effective Methods of Teaching, and created a project designed to assist nonprofessional trainers in businesses, community colleges, and public agencies to do a better job of instruction. Carol worked as one of the field trainers, and prepared other personnel associated with the Teachers College at ESU to do the same. Effective Methods of Teaching seminars were conducted in many locations, including Johnson County Community College, Butler County Community College, and even the Emporia Police Department. The program was emulated in other locations, including the Dallas County Community College System in Texas.

In 1989 Carol was hired as Education and Information Specialist, Office of Judicial Administration, Kansas Supreme Court. Her duties included many types of education and writing projects, as well as to assist in the further dissemination of Life, Liberty, Law. In the spring of 1991 Carol became a field consultant for the newly formed Curriculum Leadership Institute. In that capacity she conducted dozens of workshops nationwide, and was onsite service consultant to many client school districts. She was also a principal author of a monthly publication titled The Curriculum Leader, which later was expanded into a textbook of the same name.

As the Curriculum Leadership Institute grew, it assumed new roles that required organizational restructuring. Because of those new challenges and opportunities, Carol was asked to serve as president in the fall of 1996. Under her leadership, CLI participated in several funded programs, including a project titled the Instructional Design Network. The IDN project included participation of school districts throughout Kansas, and resulted in processes still used today to more precisely implement state and national standards. While continuing to work with client districts, CLI also began serving state departments of education and educational consortia. Because the Institute attracted international attention, Carol became a keynote speaker, along with ESU’s Dr. Stu Ervay, at the International Symposium on Curriculum Leadership: Theories and Practices in Taipei, Taiwan in December, 2001.

Carol's presidency of CLI continued through the No Child Left Behind initiative implemented by the Federal Government in 2001, which meant that CLI needed to adjust its service and improvement model to meet those new regulations. Carol and the CLI staff modified its systemic methods of school improvement to meet NCLB's test-driven requirements, while continuing to provide the kind of service necessary for more comprehensive curricular improvements. In recent years, with less emphasis on NCLB processes and with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, CLI is better able to offer the kinds of services school districts need. Consequently, CLI is attracting more attention from prospective client districts, something that requires the organization to expand quickly to add staff and new service delivery procedures.

Carol leaves the presidency after working to hire additional consultants from California, Georgia, Wyoming and various parts of Kansas. She also led in the development of a recently filled media specialist position, with the knowledge that 21st Century schools will be using more digitally based techniques for upgrading their academic programs.

Carol and husband Neil live in Lenexa near their older son, Noel, who is a partner with Financial Designs, Inc. in Overland Park. Noel and his wife, Tracy, are the parents of three boys. Carol and Neil also frequently visit their younger son, Tony, who is a critically acclaimed actor living in New York City.

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