Gretchen Livingston at a meet-and-greet hosted by Alderman Mark Tendam. The kickoff for her re-election campaign was held at the home of Jane Grover and Bill Blanchard and was co-hosted by Jean and Pete Anderson.Photo from the Livingsotn campaign

Gretchen Livingston, an Evanston resident for almost 23 years, is seeking a second term on the District 202 School Board. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and of Loyola University Chicago Law School. She was formerly a partner at the Jenner & Block law firm with a practice in environmental litigation.  She has served on the Board of Interfaith Housing Association of the North Shore (now known as Open Communities) and the Board of the Juvenile Diabetes Association.

As a member of the District 202 School Board, she has served on numerous committees including the policy committee, finance committee, audit committee and the joint legislative task force.

Ms. Livingston says, “No matter where each student falls on the spectrum of achievement, we must meet and challenge that student. I support continuous improvement.” While she has served on the Board, the Board has adopted goals to “increase each student’s academic trajectory as demonstrated through multiple measures,” and to “provide individualized supports, programs, services, and curricula to ensure that each student will demonstrate significant academic and social-emotional growth during their experience at ETHS.”

“At my urging and with my support,” Ms. Livingston says, “the Board adopted goals for 2013-2015 that include measureable objectives – a notable improvement from the prior set of goals.

“I led the way in advocating for outside experts to evaluate changes in our freshman humanities and biology classes. Those experts are working with our administrators to determine if the changes are having the intended benefits and are not having unintended negative consequences.”

Ms. Livingston says new goals prioritize partnerships with School District 65, Northwestern University, Oakton Community College and non-profit organizations such as the Youth Job Center.

She says that going forward, she “will urge improved data-sharing and articulation efforts between District 65 and District 202, business collaboration that could benefit students who opt for specialized job training or certification programs, and improved City-school collaboration that has already been part of my service on the City-school committee.”