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ODLSS Chief Search

Find the latest information about CPS' search for the next leader of the Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services.

A search is underway to find the next permanent leader for the Office of Diverse Learner Supports and Services (ODLSS). As part of the process, we are listening to voices in our community to help inform our search. If you are interested in contributing your ideas and thoughts, please complete the two surveys below.

ODLSS provides the tools and resources to ensure that all students with disabilities receive a high quality public education that prepares students for success. The department is currently being led by retired administrator Dr. Richard Smith.

ODLSS is responsible for student evaluations, creating and monitoring Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), and working with schools, staff, and families to fulfill these plans towards greater student development and achievement. ODLSS uses a data-driven approach to best support the needs of each individual student, and does so in compliance with federal and state regulations regarding special education, including the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Your Voice Matters!

Share what you would like to see in the next Chief of ODLSS. Please take a short survey to help us develop our leadership profile. This is an important first step in the search process.

Take the Leadership Profile Survey

Got Three Minutes?

Share your quick thoughts on the search process for the next Chief of ODLSS. This three question survey will help ensure the search process centers community needs. This is an important component in the search process, and we appreciate your voice.

Take the Chief Search Process Survey

Join Us to Learn More and Share Your Thoughts

Come to one of our community listening sessions.

Thursday, September 14, 6:00 -7:30PM
Family Advisory Board Meeting

(Zoom only)


Join the meeting
Meeting ID: 868 8426 6178
Connect by phone

Friday, September 15, 12:00 -1:30PM
Community Listening Session

Garfield Park Office
2651 W Washington Blvd , Chicago, IL 60612
[Gymnasium, 1st Floor]


Join the the meeting
Meeting ID: 841 956 85094
Connect by phone

Monday, September 25, 6:00 -7:30PM
Community Listening Session

Back of the Yards HS
2111 W 47th St. Chicago, IL 60609
[Cafeteria, 1st Floor]


Join the the meeting
Meeting ID: 872 794 70212
Connect by phone

Tuesday, September 26, 4:00 - 5:30PM
Community Listening Session

Lavizzo ES
138 W 109th St Chicago 60628
[Gymnasium, 1st Floor. Enter through Door 8]


Join the the meeting
Meeting ID: 827 607 05130
Connect by phone

Search Timeline

Learn about the phases of the search for the next ODLSS chief in the timeline below.

 Phase 1

August - September 2023

Stakeholder Input / Community Meetings
Position Posted & Early Recruitment Begins

 Phase 2

October 2023

Leadership Profile Finalized
Qualified Candidates Identified & Confidential Interviews Begin

 Phase 3

November - December 2023

Candidate Interviews Complete
Finalist Presented to Board of Education for Appointment

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