From the Desk of Dr. David Moyer, Superintendent
With all eyes on the Cubs, I hope at least some of our parents and community members will find the time to read this latest update!
At this fall’s opening administrator workshop, our leadership team developed four belief statements to support our work of Raising the Bar and Closing the Achievement Gap for All Students. They are: ALL students must learn and grow; we accept shared responsibility for student growth; we make decisions based on what is best for students; and, we are a future-focused community of learners. These beliefs will guide the implementation of the District Student Achievement Objectives, individual school improvement plans, and future decision-making related to programming and professional development.
On September 22, the District welcomed Ray McNulty, a senior fellow for the International Center for Leadership in Education. He facilitated a Board Development session in the evening and a leadership workshop in the afternoon. McNulty is a former senior fellow for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Commissioner of Education for the State of Vermont, and past president of the American Association of School Administrators. He works internationally with schools and districts to help them chart their path into the future. We were fortunate to welcome him to Elmhurst to support our work to become a National Leader in Future Ready Learning.
The timing couldn’t have been better, as on October 3, 2016 the District will host the fifth in a series of Community Engagement Sessions as part of the Focus 205 process. The program will review our work from 2015-16, celebrate District accomplishments, introduce/review Future Ready concepts, present information on the current District student achievement objectives, and provide additional details on the five priorities that emerged from the last year’s Focus 205 work. York High School will host the festivities in the Commons beginning at 7:00 p.m. We would love for there to be standing room only.
Monday's session will coincide with a community survey to help the District better gauge the community’s priorities. We encourage all of you to participate in the Focus survey.
This year, in an effort to support classroom teachers in their complex work, monitor implementation of key District instructional priorities (such as new English Language Arts units of instruction, the Eureka math pilot, Mobil Learning Implementation, etc.), ensure effective Professional Learning Community work throughout the District, and in the spirit of continuous improvement, administrators will be conducting instructional rounds in each other’s buildings. Teams of principals and coordinators will collect data and process the information together to inform decision-making. The instructional rounds will focus on learning targets, rigor, and student engagement.
Updated September 29, 2016
2016-17 Student Achievement Objectives
The 2016-17 Student Achievement Objectives focus on Balanced Assessment and Student Engagement. These objectives guide the development of individual School Improvement Plans and drive the District's professional development and resource allocation decisions.
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Dr. David A. Moyer - Biography
On July 1, 2016, Dr. Moyer began his second year as the superintendent of Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205. Moyer has amassed 18 years of administrative experience, including seven as a superintendent. He has served as an assistant superintendent, principal, assistant principal, and athletic director in seven districts and two states. On April 21, 2015, he was recognized at the Governor’s Executive Mansion as an Illinois Superintendent of Distinction.
Since coming to Elmhurst, Moyer has facilitated school improvement work around the objectives of balanced assessment and student engagement, guided the Focus205 process designed to solicit community input to assist in the development of a District Operational Plan, helped construct a plan to implement instructional coaching, and worked with the Elmhurst Teacher’s Council to facilitate the Middle School Task Force’s efforts to identify improvement strategies at the 6-8 grade level. Read more...