The District 65 strategic planning process is underway and stakeholders from the Evanston and Skokie communities are encouraged to get involved.  The process kicked off last month with interested parents, teachers, staff, administrators and community members applying to serve on one of six committees that will be working in collaboration to develop the strategic plan.

More than 300 nominations were submitted in addition to very thoughtful feedback on the draft working mission for District 65.

In the coming months, a series of focus groups will be held to engage stakeholders in meaningful dialogue around the strengths and needs of District 65. The Board and administration have said they are committed to engaging the community fully in this planning process. 

The District recognizes that no one single person or group knows the best path to ensuring our children’s success; however, if we listen to each other and work together we can develop a plan that can truly make a difference in the lives of each and every child.

The strategic planning process will set priorities and guide the District’s work over the next three years. In order to develop a strong and effective plan, District 65 needs continued input and support from its stakeholders.

In addition, an online survey will be available on the District website,, during the month of November. The data collected in the survey and from focus groups will be shared with planning committees and used to guide thoughtful decision making.

Dates/Times of Focus Groups

  • Oct. 25, 9-11 a.m. Family Focus, 2010 Dewey Ave.
  • Oct. 28, 7-9 p.m. McGaw YMCA, 1000 Grove St.
  • Nov. 6, 7-9 p.m. Second Baptist Church, 1717 Benson Ave.
  • Nov. 8, 9 -11 a.m. Oakton School, 436 Ridge Ave.
  • Nov. 12, 7-9 p.m . Washington School, 914 Ashland Ave.
  • Nov. 15, 9-11 a.m. King Arts School, 2424 Lake St.

Spanish translation will be provided at the focus group at Washington School. Childcare will be provided for preschool age children and older at focus groups held at District 65 schools.

District 65 faculty, staff, and administrators will also have the opportunity to give feedback at several employee focus groups at the Hill Education Center. There will also be focus groups held at each school so that students can share their experiences in District 65 and discuss topics that matter most to them.

Interested persons may register by emailing Melissa Messinger at with their name, the date of the focus group and whether childcare is needed.  If the number of people signed up for a focus group exceeds 40, it may be necessary to ask the last people to sign up to select another date.

More information about the District 65 strategic planning process is available at