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Theodore R. Sizer has given up the directorship of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, a position he has held since the school-reform clearinghouse was founded in October 1993.

Mr. Sizer said he decided to leave the post to devote more time to the Coalition of Essential Schools, which he chairs. Like the Annenberg Institute, the network of reform-minded schools is based at Brown University in Providence, R.I.

"I had what emerged to be three full-time jobs and it was too much, and it got so I couldn't do all of them well," said Mr. Sizer, who also has taught education at Brown, where he will remain a professor emeritus.

With his additional time, Mr. Sizer hopes, he said, to make a series of visits to coalition schools as the group moves toward holding its first national congress this fall.

District of Columbia schools Superintendent Franklin Smith has been selected to chair the board of the Council of the Great City Schools, a Washington-based coalition that represents the nation's largest urban public schools systems. Mr. Smith succeeds Ellen Roe, a school board member in Seattle. His one-year term begins this month. ... Yvonne G. Allen, the principal of Whiteville (Tenn.) Elementary School, has been voted the 1996-97 president-elect of the National Association of Elementary School Principals. Ms. Allen, who has been an elementary school principal for 17 years, will begin serving her one-year term this month and will assume the duties of president of the Alexandria, Va.-based group in July 1997. The organization's current president, Carole L. Kennedy, the principal of New Haven Elementary School in Columbia, Mo., also begins her one-year term this month. ... Roger Landrum, the president of Youth Service America, a Washington-based organization that promotes national and community service, has announced his plans to step down. Mr. Landrum will continue as honorary chief and founding president but will focus on expanding youth service and youth leadership development. He will stay with the organization through Aug. 15 while the board begins a search for a new chief executive officer. In the interim, Steven C. Culbertson has been named to serve as executive vice president and CEO.


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