21st Century Student Learning
We invite you to visit our classrooms via videos and presentations to learn more about District 64's rich, rigorous academic program and positive learning environment designed to inspire every child to discover, learn, achieve, and care.
At the May 20, 2019 Board of Education meeting, Emerson Associate Principal Samantha Alaimo and Assistant Principal Tim Benka highlighted the projects sponsored by the school's Quality Improvement Team (QIT) this year focused on building community both within and outside of the school walls. Events planned in the #WeAreEmerson effort to build relationships included the first-ever family outdoor movie night in September and the first family STEAM night in April; joining with Lincoln Middle School for the first time in a St. Baldrick's pediatric cancer research fundraiser; and an all-school family Feed My Starving Children day to pack food supplies for African children, among the wide-ranging activities successfully launched this year.
At the March 18, 2019 Board of Education meeting, Carpenter Principal Brett Balduf shared a presentation on the social emotional learning program at the school, which includes a monthly theme -- such as "March Madness Manners" -- aligned to life rules and the Second Step curriculum.
At the October 22, 2018 Board of Education meeting, Franklin School Principal Claire Kowalczyk and Assistant Principal Christa Donnelly shared a video describing the all-school focus in October on completing acts of kindness through the annual "Raise Craze" and other community service activities. [CLICK HERE for a transcipt of video - opens in new window]
Field School's Accountability Buddies:
- At the September 24, 2018 Board of Education meeting, Field School Principal Jason Bednar and Assistant Principal Amanda Spychalski shared a video highlighting how literacy is supported through reading buddies who keep each other "accountable" for reaching their goals. [CLICK HERE for transcript fo video - opens in new window]
Roosevelt School Summer 2018 Building Improvements:
- At the August 27, 2018 Board of Education meeting, Principal Kevin Dwyer, Assistant Principal Allison Sobotka, staff and students shared their new facilities with the Board and community via this video. [CLICK HERE for transcript of video - opens in new window]
Roosevelt School's "TechXperts":
- At the April 23, 2018 Board of Education meeting Roosevelt School's Computer Club members, known as "TechXperts" demonstrated activites they participate in every day. iPad Pro 2
Carpenter School implements its 2017-18 theme: "Imagine"
- At the March 12, 2018 Board of Education meeting, Carpenter School Principal Brett Balduf presented the following slides to display the implementation of the school theme of "Imagine."
Washington School Implements Second Step Curriculum for Social Emotional Learning
- At the November 13, 2017 Board of Education meeting, Washington School Principal Stephanie Daly presented the video below to illustrate how the Washington school community is integrating the Second Step curriculum for social emotional learning. The curriculum is being implemented District-wide in 2017-18 as part of the 2020 Vision Strategic Plan. [CLICK HERE for a transcript of video]
Franklin says Thank You for their newly renovated LRC space
- At the October 23, 2017 Board of Education meeting, the Franklin community presented the following video to show its thanks for all the work that had been done to its LRC space. [CLICK HERE for a transcript of video - opens in new window]
Co-Teaching Language Arts at the Middle School Level
At the May 22, 2017 Board of Education meeting, Emerson Middle School Principal Jim Morrison reported on the success of their efforts to introduce co-teaching of English Language Arts at all grade levels in 2016-17. Students reported in their own words on the impact having two teachers in the classroom has made on their learning. Emerson will expand from 5 to 12 partnerships as math is also included in 2017-18.
Coding & Explore N' More Challenges
- At the April 3, 2017 Board of Education meeting, Franklin School Principal Claire Kowalczyk shared this video showcasing Hour of Code, Coding Club, and Explore N' More time in the Learning Resource Center as a few of the ways the school is integrating the 4C's this year at Franklin. Students love applying logic and reasoning skills to activities through Code.org and Scratch coding programs. In Explore N' More, students are presented with challenges including BreakoutEDU Boxes, Osmo iPad activities, building challenges, and paper art challenges. [CLICK HERE for transcript of video - opens in new window]
The Power of Place
- At the October 24, 2016 Board of Education meeting, Mary Jane Warden, Director of Innovation & Instructional Technology, shared her presentation on Designing Classroom Environments For Future-Ready Learning. In conjunction with tours of the new D.E.N. and Active Learning Room 211, Ms. Warden guided the audience through the background and the path to creating these innovative spaces.
The D.E.N. Project
- Lincoln Middle School unveiled its newly refurbished Discover-Empower-Network (DEN) broadcasting studios, adjacent innovation lab and learning lounge at the October 24, 2016 Board of Education meeting. A $55,000 grant of furnishings from Bretford helped District 64 achieve this vision of a flexible learning environment. [CLICK HERE for transcript of video - opens in new window]
Active Learning Space (Room 211)
- Funded by a 2016 ELF grant, Lincoln Middle School transformed Room 211 into an active, flexible learning environment offering multiple learning configurations to accommodate the many ways students today create, collaborate, communicate and engage in critical thinking in their learning. The Board toured the space at the October 24, 2016 meeting. [CLICK HERE for transcript of video - opens in new window]
Co-Teaching to Better Meet Student Needs
- Roosevelt School shared their success with co-teaching at the September 26, 2016 Board of Education meeting. In a co-teaching setting, two teachers share instructional responsibilities for a group of students, including both general and special education. Having two teachers in the classroom generates opportunities for differentiation to meet the needs of all learners. [CLICK HERE for transcript of video - opens in new window]
21st Century Learning Spaces & 2nd Grade Furniture
- Washington School at the August 22, 2016 Board of Education meeting spotlighted two new 21st century learning spaces created due to the addition of a secured vestibule and office reconfiguration. Separately, Grade 2 also received new furniture designed to facilitate flexible learning arrangements and better meet student needs. [CLICK HERE for transcript of video - opens in new window]