On the heels of being named one of the 25 Most Innovative School Districts in the country, the district received word recently it has been specially invited to present its comprehensive systems approach to improving student success at the Model Schools Conference in Washington D.C. in June.
According to the model schools website, the event is run by the International Center for Leadership in Education and typically attracts approximately 5,000 educators from across the country to hear from 25 “model schools and innovative districts.”
“This is a reflection of our entire learning community,” Superintendent Ken Wallace says. “It is an all-in effort from our students, staff, parents and the Board of Education. This high honor gives us the opportunity to share the intentional and measurable steps we are taking to ensure success for every student.
Among the topics District 207 will be able to share with other educators include:
- The instructional coaching model that is unique in the country. It is estimated that the district’s classes of 2018 were likely the first high school graduates in the country whose teachers for all four years each had instructional coaching and a personalized coaching plan for the sole purpose of improving learning conditions for students.
- The expansive and in-depth college/career program that is having dramatic impacts on students. The program has a bigger picture objective to create the conditions needed such that every student can wisely choose a career that pertains to their passions, is realistically achievable, and is in high demand.
- The recruitment of high quality educators who know growth has no limit. District 207 looks for educators that have passion for learning and cutting edge ways to recruit and find those individuals.
- The experience of being Google’s first K-12 district partner. Google partnered with District 207 to move the system from a poor technology program to one that has been on the forefront of 1:1 cloud computing nationally.