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Dist. 203 report cards could undergo changes

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Future Focus 203 recommendations: Student Success Adjust elementary report cards to align with curriculum and Common Core standards Consider alternatives to reporting junior high and high school student progress in addition to grade report Develop a way to report students’ college and career readiness beyond standardized test scores Develop measures to assess post-secondary success Develop way to describe students’ emotional and social well-being Programs of study Analyze the following programs: language learning, counseling, STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), the gifted/talent/enrichment, and the comprehensive system of support for all students Explore use of technology in providing online and blended learning options Develop professional learning for teachers on diverse methods of instruction Develop social/emotional learning plan for all age levels Review the school day to optimize student learning and professional collaboration Finance Annually prepare and publish a five-year financial forecast Continue to operate with fiscal responsibility Facilities Develop a master plan to address: safety, security and accessibility at all schools; space for flexible instruction, small group work and collaboration; impact of all-day kindergarten; flexibility to adapt to changes in education; flexibility of learning spaces Continue to be proactive caretakers of capital resources Engagement Use Future Focus 203 to deliver a State of the District address and continue to gather community feedback Publish a “Report to the Community” Develop a strategy for ongoing communications with the District 203 community

The community has spoken, and Naperville School District 203 is listening.

After nearly a year of planning and six community forums that drew 447 people, members of the Future Focus team presented 27 recommendations to the District 203 School Board on Monday night.

Among the suggestions are ways to measure student success beyond the traditional report card or standardized test scores.

School Board President Jackie Romberg praised the Future Focus 203 team for all their work.

“This is a living, breathing document. I promise you, it will not be put in a drawer or computer and be filed away,” she said. “Awesome… awesome is the only word for it.”

School Board member Kristin Fitzgerald echoed Romberg’s sentiments regarding the team’s recommendations. “I found them so helpful and informative,” she said.

Future Focus 203 team co-chairman Mark Trembacki said the recommendations were drawn from community feedback provided at the six engagement sessions held from March through November. After the first session, the team honed in on four hot-point topics: student success, programs of study, district finances and school facilities. The suggested action points for improvement in the district revolve around those areas.

Trembacki added many of the proposals reflect the evolving diversity of District 203 and the broader views of success in the community.

He also said social and emotional health of students was a concern.

“The pressure to succeed is very high in the community,” Trembacki said.

Helping students in all grade levels cope with those stresses to achieve is critical, he said.

Co-chairwoman Kathy Ruiz urged the district to continue to strengthen the trust it has by keeping the community engaged in the decision-making.

“The community wants two-way communication,” she said.

School District 203 now is tasked with using that information in a report to the community. In the fall, the district will update the community on its progress toward achieving the goals.

In addition to Trembacki and Ruiz, the Future Focus 203 team included community members Bill Anderson, Tom Carroll, Mike Crossett, Loren Francis, Peggy Franks and Alissa Johnson-Tripas; staff representatives Dan Iverson and Gretchen Zelinski; district leaders Dan Bridges, Julie Carlsen, Jennifer Hester and Susan Rice; Board of Education members Mike Jaensch and Suzyn Price; administrative support personnel Ann Bell, Maureen Dvorak, Betty Stevenson and Deanne Fulner; and Unicom Arc representatives Dan Burns and Rod Wright.

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Future Focus 203 recommendations: Student Success Adjust elementary report cards to align with curriculum and Common Core standards Consider alternatives to reporting junior high and high school student progress in addition to grade report Develop a way to report students’ college and career readiness beyond standardized test scores Develop measures to assess post-secondary success Develop way to describe students’ emotional and social well-being Programs of study Analyze the following programs: language learning, counseling, STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), the gifted/talent/enrichment, and the comprehensive system of support for all students Explore use of technology in providing online and blended learning options Develop professional learning for teachers on diverse methods of instruction Develop social/emotional learning plan for all age levels Review the school day to optimize student learning and professional collaboration Finance Annually prepare and publish a five-year financial forecast Continue to operate with fiscal responsibility Facilities Develop a master plan to address: safety, security and accessibility at all schools; space for flexible instruction, small group work and collaboration; impact of all-day kindergarten; flexibility to adapt to changes in education; flexibility of learning spaces Continue to be proactive caretakers of capital resources Engagement Use Future Focus 203 to deliver a State of the District address and continue to gather community feedback Publish a “Report to the Community” Develop a strategy for ongoing communications with the District 203 community
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