Board Briefs

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).

Public Schools Week

Board President Natalie Jachtorowycz pointed out that this week is Public Schools Week, and encouraged community members to learn more on the Learning First Alliance website.

Superintendent's Reflections

Each month, Superintendent Dr. Dane Delli updates the Board of Education and the community about programs, events, notable achievements, and other timely information and celebrations.

Honoring an Award-Winning Teacher

Dr. Delli congratulated Hoffman bilingual teacher Maria Muñoz, who is the recipient of the 2020 Elliot Judd award. The award is given to bilingual educators who show excellence in EL teaching and commitment to the professional development of colleagues. This award is given by the Illinois Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (Bilingual Education) - ITBE. She will be honored this weekend at the ITBE convention.

Community Comments

The community is encouraged to attend Board of Education meetings, and contribute during the community participation periods. In all regular Board of Education meetings, the Board follows a set agenda that include two opportunities for community participation.


In the first opportunity for input, Elena Magnus, parent, expressed concerns about the earlier start times for the 2020-2021 school year.

Resolutions

The Board approved the consent agenda, which included a personnel report, payroll and vendor warrants, intergovernmental agreement, destruction of executive session recordings and the release of executive session minutes.


The Board also approved a resolution awarding and assigning trade contractor agreements for summer 2020 construction work.

Discussion

Teaching & Learning: K-5 Literacy Update & Creating Inclusive Classrooms

A team of Henking and Hoffman teachers, instructional coaches and administrators from across District 34 gave an update on literacy and co-teaching.


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

Staffing Allocations

Executive Director of Human Resources Dr. Heather Hopkins shared historical and projected enrollment data and initial projected staffing data for 2020-2021.

Health Consultation Services

Assistant Superintendent for Business Services Eric Miller said that the administration was recommending Gallagher as the consultant for the District on its self-funded health insurance program.

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 board@glenview34.org.