Sala Sims is a specialist for Insight Education Group. She leads professional development for educators and provides coaching to school leaders.
Prior to this role, she served as lead faculty for the school transformation department, working with a lead partner organization through Chicago Public Schools’ School Improvement Grant (SIG). Key components of her leadership through the SIG included providing coaching and training aligned to SIG goals, ensuring that the school team demonstrated improvement in areas including school leadership, teacher leadership, instructional reform, professional development design and delivery, parent engagement, and school culture and climate.
Sala has wide-ranging experience with high fidelity program delivery, project management, school and network level leadership, managing partnerships, providing professional development (both locally and nationally), as well as leading, managing, and building the capacity of educators to improve their practice within schools.
She began her career in education in 1996 as a teacher, going on to achieve National Board Certification. Sala obtained her Principal certification through New Leaders, formerly New Leaders for New Schools. In 2007, Sala incubated and was the founding Principal of Catalyst Circle Rock Charter School in Chicago. Working with the Catalyst Schools, she also served as chief academic officer and founding principal of a third campus.
Sala believes that when educators put scholars at the center of our work within school improvement, we are more focused in making sure that children’s lives are on a positive academic and social trajectory.
She has a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a master's degree in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In addition, she earned a master's degree in education from DePaul University and a certificate of advanced studies in administration and supervision from National Louis University. Sala is currently a candidate for a PhD in education leadership (ABD) at Concordia University Chicago.