As the district’s first Chief Equity Officer, Dr. Maurice Swinney is responsible for moving us closer to achieving educational equity, which is a moral imperative for CPS. Prior to this role, Dr. Swinney served as the principal of Chicago’s Tilden Community Career Academy, where his focus on college readiness and social-emotional learning was recognized by the University of Chicago’s Consortium on School Research.
Prior to joining CPS, Dr. Swinney was a teacher and school leader in Louisiana. In his new role with the district, he will be responsible for examining our policies and programs for inequities and implementing strategies that minimize gaps in resources, staffing, and high-quality academic programming.
Dr. LeVar J. Ammons, Ed.D., serves as the Oak Park & River Forest’s first Executive Director of Equity and Student Success. Prior to this role, Dr. Ammons served as a counselor at District 88’s Willowbrook High School.
Dr. Ammons’ equity work has included serving on the Equity Task Force that initiated a racial equity strategic plan for District 88. He also helped develop an equity action plan for the DuPage County Regional Office of Education, aimed at creating county-wide programs. He co-founded the Black Educators Network of Suburban Chicago and is a member of the Illinois Coalition of Educational Equity Leaders (ICEEL)