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Phone:  630-617-2304

Fax:  630-617-2345

Address: 162 S. York, Elmhurst, IL 60126

FOIA Requests


In accordance with the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), the designated officer for Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 is Ellen M. Walsh. 

All requests made under the provisions outlined in FOIA legislation, should be sent to the attention of Ellen M. Walsh via mail at District 205 Center, 162 S. York, Elmhurst, IL 60126 or via email at emwalsh@elmhurst205.org

Superintendent of Schools

Special Reports

4/25/16

So What Exactly Is a PLC?


Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 has embraced the moral imperative of “Raising the Bar and Closing the Achievement Gap for All Students.” To further this end, it has adopted an approach in which the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) model is the organizing framework for its instructional improvement efforts.
 

PLCs are a culture—a way of life. They are not a program or something that one does.
 

Professional Learning Communities are predicated upon three big ideas and four critical questions. The big ideas are: Ensuring That Students Learn, A Culture of Collaboration and A Focus on Results.

Big idea #1 encompasses the four critical questions: What is it we expect our students to learn? How will we know when they have learned it? How will we respond when some students do not learn? How will we respond when some students already know it?

Collaboration, in the context of PLCs, differs from both collegiality and cooperation. In PLCs, teachers utilize their collective knowledge and expertise to navigate the increasingly complex world that is today’s public schools. They focus on the four critical questions by having defined learning targets, common assessments, and the ability to adjust instruction in a timely manner to meet individual student learning needs.

Theoretically, teachers could “collaborate” on just about anything. However, in a true PLC culture, the focus of collaboration is on student learning outcomes. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-Oriented and Time-Bound. There is a significant difference between school improvement goals that read, “We will adopt a Junior Great Books program” and “We will create three new labs for our science course” versus “We will increase the percentage of students who (read on grade level) from 83 percent to 90 percent” and “We will reduce the failure rate in our course by 50%.” (DuFour, 2004).

The District’s Community Compact and Student Achievement Objectives are available here. More specific information about Professional Learning Communities and associated concepts, such as Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum and Balanced Assessment, can also be found there.

This year, the District invested a significant amount of time and energy developing common assessments. Next year, a revised School Improvement Process will ensure that District Student Late Arrival and Teacher Institute time is structured such that our PLCs come to life!
 

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Dr. Moyer was named an Illinois Superintendent of Distinction in April 2015 and has presented at numerous state and national conferences on the topics of organizational change, leadership development, and school improvement. He was a member of the work team that developed the principal evaluation system for the State of Wisconsin. His former district was named a national District of Distinction by District Administration for its work in the area of principal professional development. His most recent publication entitled “The District Office’s Role in Supporting Student Achievement” appeared in the July 2014 edition of the AASA’s New Superintendent’s E-Journal.
 

Resources:

www.solutiontree.com

www.allthingsplc.info

DuFour (2004). What Is a Professional Learning Community?, Educational Leadership (61)8, pp. 6-11.

DuFour, et. al. (2006). Learning by Doing: A Handbook for Professional Learning Communities at Work, Solution Tree: Bloomington, IN.

DuFour, et. al., ed. (2005). On Common Ground: The Power of Professional Learning Communities, Solution Tree Press: Bloomington, IN.

DuFour, et. al. (2004). Whatever It Takes: How Professional Learning Communities Respond When Kids Don’t Learn, National Education Service: Bloomington, IN.

DuFour and Fullan (2013). Cultures Built to Last: Systematic PLC’s at Work, Solution Tree: Bloomington, IN.
 

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Special Report from Dr. David Moyer

When I interviewed for the D205 superintendent position in the spring of 2015, I advocated for a culture that supports the Moral Imperative of Raising the Bar and Closing the Achievement Gap for All Students. At the same time, I strongly suggested the importance of establishing an operational plan for the District. At this point in the year, it seems appropriate to review these concepts and celebrate the many successes we have experienced to date.

The Focus 205 process, which included four Community Engagement Sessions this past fall, will provide a foundation for a longer term master plan. However, in the interim, I felt it was paramount that the District develop a framework for its efforts to improve student achievement. This framework will provide a lens to focus resource allocation decisions in the District until a more comprehensive plan is developed.

The Board agreed and approved such a plan in August of 2015 that includes a Community Compact. This document outlines the District’s commitment to provide the highest quality educational experiences for students consistent with the current research. The words were carefully selected to acknowledge and encourage the importance of all parties working together collaboratively to maintain and strengthen the interrelated goals of a high quality public school system and a healthy community. Read more...

Dr. David Moyer

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Moyer, David
Superintendent of Schools dmoyer@elmhurst205.org
Walsh, Ellen M
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent emwalsh@elmhurst205.org

Cabinet

Fitzgerald, Michelle
Assistant Superintendent for Learning & Teaching mfitzgerald@elmhurst205.org
Kosteck, Kathleen
Assistant Superintendent for Student Services kkosteck@elmhurst205.org
Smith, David
Director of Technology, davidsmith@elmhurst205.org
Smith, Melea
Director of Communications and Public Relations msmith@elmhurst205.org
Sprandel, Charles
Director of Research, Assessment and Quality Analysis csprandel@elmhurst205.or
Whelton, Christopher
Assistant Superintendent for Finance & Operations cwhelton@elmhurst205.org
Woell, James
Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources jwoell@elmhurst205.org

District Vision Statement

Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 will be a national leader in educating children of all backgrounds and ability levels, promoting high individual student achievement. The district will incorporate student-centered decision-making, the highest academic standards, best practices in education, the highest caliber educational professionals, and leading edge resources to ensure an equitable education for all and success in a global society.

District Mission Statement

The mission of Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205 is to meet the educational needs of all students, challenging each to his or her full potential and ensuring a foundation for future success in life.