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School District 65 to Focus on Differentiated Instruction to Meet Students’ Needs

A report of School District 65’s Differentiation and Enrichment Study Committee contains many recommendations to improve differentiated instruction. Differentiated instruction is an approach to teaching students at different levels in the same classroom. The intent is to maximize each student’s growth by instructing each student at his or her level of development. “We can look […]

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D65 Board Considers Whether to Support Proposals to Amend the Federal No Child Left Behind Act

The District 65 School Board is considering whether to throw its support behind two resolutions that propose changes to the No Child Left Behind Act. One is a draft resolution proposed by the Illinois PTA; the other is a resolution being circulated by the National School Boards Association (NSBA). Both resolutions support NCLB’s goals of […]

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D 65 Strategic Planning

The District 65 School Board met on Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Jordan Teacher Center to begin the process of preparing a five-year strategic plan for School District 65. Bill Attea, chairman of the consulting firm Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates, Ltd., led the meeting and recommended a structure for the strategic plan. Mr. Attea […]

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D65 Board Balances Professional Development vs. Instructional Time and Parent Schedules

A majority of District 65 School Board members said on Feb. 19 that they would support seven “early release days” for professional development next year, which is two more than this year but two fewer than the administration wanted. The debate presented difficult questions on how to provide time for professional development without disrupting classroom […]