Highlights from the February 24, 2020 BOE meeting
Board Briefs is a newsletter-style overview of the highlights of the Board of Education's discussion and action. You can find the meeting agenda online here, and look for minutes of the meeting to be posted after they are approved at the next BOE meeting (March 16, 2020).
Honoring an Award-Winning Teacher
In the first opportunity for input, Elena Magnus, parent, expressed concerns about the earlier start times for the 2020-2021 school year.
The Board also approved a resolution awarding and assigning trade contractor agreements for summer 2020 construction work.
Teaching & Learning: K-5 Literacy Update & Creating Inclusive Classrooms
Assistant Superintendent for Teaching & Learning Dr. Matt Silverman shared the District's balanced literacy plan, and its alignment with the District's Strategic Plan.
District 34 literacy coaches Barrie Shinsky, Allie Green and Carlissa Pokora shared information about the professional development that teachers have had in the K-5 writing cohort. In 2019-2020. The model lends itself to a co-teaching model, which has shown benefits for students beyond writing. The motto of the initiative is "Stronger Together."
Principals Patty Puetz (Henking) and Selene Stewart (Hoffman) described the implementation of "instructional rounds" and setting up learning labs so that principals and coaches could observe and learn from teachers in the classrooms. They said that the process helped them learn how to better support teachers.
Caroline Vengazzo, instructional coach for student services, and Carly Spina, EL/bilingual instructional coach, shared their success in developing the Co-Teaching Academy in District 34.
Henking teachers Sarah Richards (first grade) and Melissa Hogendorp (first grade EL) described their process of co-teaching together and showed a video to see their co-teaching in action. The teachers said that co-teaching has helped them improve their teaching practice and better support all students. Hoffman teachers Linda Dorken (interventionist) and Emily Burgett (third grade) echoed the sentiment that co-teaching has allowed them to meet individual needs of their students.
Henking kindergarten teachers Jeanne Kim, Mildred Cortes (dual language) and Payal Nanavati (EL) said that the see that co-teaching minimizes barriers and maximize learning for students.
Henking teachers Karin Amaden (second grade) and Caitlyn McNally (second grade dual language) described benefits of co-teaching beyond academics. They have seen great social-emotional benefits -- and friendships -- due to their classroom collaborations.
Progress on the Strategic Plan
Health Consultation Services
Meet the Board of Education
Glenview District 34 is governed by a seven-person Board of Education, elected by the community, that consists of the following individuals:
- Natalie Jachtorowycz (President)
- Jim Baumstark (Vice President)
- John Heggie
- Katie Jones
- Mike Korman
- Scott Nelson
- Diane Stefani
You can contact the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org.