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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 […]

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Freshman Humanities Proposal Engenders Wide-Ranging, Challenging Community Conversation

A respectful exchange of strongly held opinions on challenging subjects took place on Feb. 27 during a “Community Conversation” about the proposed changes to the Freshman Humanities program at Evanston Township High School. The gathering, which drew a crowd of about 200 parents, teachers, students and community leaders to the ETHS auditorium, was organized by […]

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D65 Parents: High-Achieving Students Need Challenge, Rigor

The Differentiation and Enrichment Study Committee of School District 65 held a town hall meeting on Feb. 13 to gather community input in three areas: current literacy enrichment programs; implementation of differentiated instruction; and establishing a program for identified gifted and talented students. The Committee is charged with studying the District’s differentiation and enrichment programs […]

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District 202 Proposes Alternative Approach To Freshman Humanities Tracking

The regular level of the Freshman Humanities program at Evanston Township High School will be eliminated next year as “a way of moving students into more rigorous classes,” Superintendent Eric Witherspoon told the District 202 School Board and a room atypically packed with parents, teachers and community members on Feb. 11. “Next year, we will […]

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‘Kit Voice’: Peer Juries at ETHS Are Processes for Healing

Last spring Evanston Township High School took its first steps in a deliberately different journey of conflict resolution. The results are a peer-mediation initiative that the youth participants have named “Kit Voice.” Kit Voice is a peer-jury system available to student offenders as an alternative to the traditional adult-administered punishment model that has been strong […]

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Amidst Test-Score Rancor, Cooperative Efforts at Districts 65 and 202 Show Promise

Despite spending a significant amount of time debating testing issues at their recent joint meeting, the District 65 and 202 school boards managed to review some of the current efforts to increase inter-district cooperation and to ease the transition of students from eighth to ninth grades. The criteria used to place students into honors, mixed […]