A recorded video of this board meeting is posted on the District 54 YouTube Channel.
Discussion – 2020-2021 Curriculum and Task Force Updates:
In preparing for the 2021-22 school year, District 54 is focused on balancing academic success and social-emotional wellness. Students will engage in lessons that include more hands-on learning, differentiation and leveraging technology in creative ways.
District 54 also has a variety of engagement opportunities for students this summer. Our Extended School Year program will serve 354 students in special education programs. We also have more than 1,500 students enrolled in our summer enrichment camps.
Students choosing to participate virtually can find grade-level reading lists posted on our literacy website, links to Learning A-Z and DreamBox on their Chromebooks or iPads and an entire Virtual Summer University website with learning opportunities for kindergarten through eighth grade students across all subject areas.
District 54 also will continue to focus on professional development for our employees so they are well prepared to support our students. Over the course of the 2020-2021 school year 93 professional development sessions were offered after school hours and the sessions had almost 6,000 enrollments.
Summer professional development begins June 2 with the District 54 Summer Symposium; and continues with Year Long Planning Workshops for literacy, math, science, social science, special education, whole child success and social-emotional learning in June and July. In August, District 54 will offer a class focused on a positive start to the school year, as well as its annual Induction Week for new employees.
This fall, a virtual curriculum was created across all content areas for early childhood through eighth grade students. These lessons served as an anchor for high quality learning and ensured a smooth transition between in-person and remote learning. The lessons also were modified to meet the needs of all English learners and students in special education programs.
Despite the pandemic, District 54 introduced a new social science curriculum as planned for kindergarten through eighth grade. The Teaching & Learning Department will next form a Science Task Force during the 2021-22 school year to evaluate and update that curriculum. In addition, this department is creating an After-School Academy for first through eighth grade next year to support students’ learning recovery needs.
District 54 received one online public comment regarding special education programming and one in-person public comment about wearing masks in schools and the safe use of electronic devices. Click here to read the electronically submitted public comment.
Freedom of Information Act:
District 54 received one Freedom of Information Act request since the last report to the Board related to purchasing records.
Consent Agenda: The School Board approved the following items on the Consent Agenda.
District Citizens’ Advisory Committee Report:
District 54 presented DCAC with an update on School District 54’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic this past year and plans for the upcoming school year.
D54 Education Foundation Report:
Board Vice President Jim Pye reminded everyone that there is still time to sign up for the annual Foundation Golf Outing on June 14. He also announced that the Foundation recently awarded 374 grants to District 54 students from financially struggling family so that these students can participate in extracurricular activities.
Board President Mary Kay Prusnick read a statement from PTA Council President Cheryl Gleason. Cheryl thanked the School Board, teachers, administrators and staff for their dedication this year. She also thanked everyone who supported the PTA virtual auction in April, which raised more than $7,000 to fund scholarships for high school students next year. This year, the Schaumburg Township Council of PTAs awarded 62 elementary scholarships for summer camps and eight college scholarships.
The Board adjourned at 7:45 p.m. to closed session for employment/appointment matters.