For a week in June, seven D102 leaders attended intense training at the fourth annual PBL World conference in California. The workshops encompassed Project Based Learning (PBL) and provided a framework to develop and implement PBL. D102 administrators received and provided feedback making connections with national experts from the Buck Institute for Education (PBL design pioneers) and educational leaders committed to PBL from across the United States and around the world. D102 identified PBL as the next step in its mission to personalize learning for the whole child through its annual Learning Vision Into Action (LVIA) goals.
D102 Leaders Learn from PBL Experts
Board Commends PTO for Generous Support
Youtube Video Shows Just How Persuasive D102 Students Can Be
D102 teachers are using innovative activities for instruction such as this sixth grade English Language Arts teacher Tim McNamara's court case. Checkout the two-minute video showing the many roles students' played during the trial. Thank you to Aptakisic students Shanky Bala, Vish Dhathathriyan, and Pujan Rawal for their hard work in editing the video.
Summer School and Summer Wonder's Program Staff Thank Parents
D102 extends its heartfelt appreciation to all the parents with children in the summer programs. Thank you for your patience and understanding during construction, especially during pick-up, which can be the longest ten minutes as more than 500 children from Summer School and Summer Wonders' programs depart either by bus or car. Classes run through July 18 with no school on Friday, July 4. View details and phone numbers. Main #847-353-5510.
Mrs. Morales Named Aptakisic's New Assistant Principal
On June 9, the Board of Education named Kelly Morales as the new Aptakisic Assistant Principal to succeed Paul Ruffino who leaves after June 29 to become principal at John Middleton Elementary School in Skokie SD 73-1/2. Mrs. Morales was selected through an extensive interview process and brings comprehensive experience and training in management, curriculum, and teaching to her new leadership role.
D102 to Take Advantage of New Student Apple ID Program for iPad 1-1
This spring, Apple, Inc., introduced a program which allows school districts to request Apple ID accounts for students to support mobile learning initiatives. The new Apple IDs for Students program will benefit students, parents and the district by providing better distribution and management, supporting parental involvement in their child's iPad use, and giving students more control and flexibility in managing the district-provided iPad. More to come. View Apple's ID program.
Pilot Spelling Program a Hit, Teachers Share Details with Board
At the June 9 Board of Education meeting, representatives from the English Language Arts (ELA) Subject Area Learning Team (SALT) introduced a new phonics, spelling, and vocabulary program called Words Their Way. First grade teacher Katie Cardella and fourth grade teacher Heidi Priestley piloted Words Their Way this year with great success.
Board Approves New Teen Health Series
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