From the Desk of Dr. David Moyer, Superintendent
Happy New Year!
It is that time when we look forward with hope, and there are many things to look forward to in Elmhurst Community Unit School District 205. But first, let us take just a moment to celebrate our accomplishments from 2016.
The addition of instructional coaches at all grade levels is at the top of my list, and we should feel very fortunate that the Board of Education authorized the administration to move in this direction. There are also many other positives related to instruction and student achievement including: a record high composite ACT score of 24.7; Newsweek ranked York High School as the 186th top high school in the nation out of 6,477; York was named to the AP Honor Roll for the years 2013-16, which recognizes growth in participation while either maintaining or improving pass rate on exams; the addition of model classrooms at Bryan, Fischer, and Lincoln; the increase in maker space activities at many of our sites; the expansion of Mobile Learning Implementation, personalized learning utilizing ChromeBooks, to grades four and five; the implementation of Kagan Cooperative Structures to increase student engagement; and, though initially bumpy, a new and improved English/Language Arts curriculum, which will increase rigor, student choice, and lead to more writing and interdisciplinary study.
In August, the District administrators developed four belief statements to support the moral imperative of Raising the Bar and Closing the Achievement Gap for All Students. They are 1) ALL students must learn and grow, 2) we accept shared responsibility for student growth, 3) we make decisions based on what is best for students, and 4) we are a future-focused community of learners. This fall the principals implemented the practice of instructional rounds, in which they travel to buildings in teams looking for evidence of learning targets, rigor, and student engagement. This data is used to plan professional development and help support school improvement priorities across the District. Information on the District’s Student Achievement objectives is available here.
Madison Early Learning Center earned the State Award of Excellence for Linguistically and Culturally Appropriate Practices. The District earned the Illinois School Business Officials International Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for the eighth consecutive year. Community leader Kara Caforio and Jackson physical education teacher Stephen Fijor earned Those Who Excel recognition from the Illinois State Board of Education. Many other employees, students and teams earned recognition and continued to excel in state and national competitions spanning a wide variety of areas from academics to athletics and activities. Examples include music, SkillsUSA, National Merit Scholars, IL State Scholars, Euro Challenge, Family, Career and Community Leaders of America, Junior Achievement, Economics Challenge, IL State Math Competition, Stock Market Challenge, and National Board Certification and Nationally Certified School Psychologist designations.
Much of what we have to look forward to builds on work that is ongoing.
As a part of the Focus 205 process, the District conducted a survey with the support of ThoughtExchange. In total, 1,562 people shared 2,417 thoughts about the District, and then were afforded the opportunity to interact with other people’s ideas to help the District understand the community’s priorities. Results will be shared at the January 10 Board meeting and the February 1 Community Engagement Session and then posted to the website. Later this spring, the District will share a long range plan with the community in which resource allocation and facilities support Future Ready learning. Input throughout the Focus 205 process, including the recent survey has been critical in helping shape the final outcome of the plan. Additional information on Focus 205 can be found here.
The Eureka Math pilot has been successful and will be recommended to the Board this spring for full implementation in 2017. The next major curriculum review will be in science and begin this spring. Assessments and instruction will be examined and revised based on the Next Generation Science Standards.
The International Center for Leadership in Education’s Rigor and Relevance Framework is an important part of how the District is organizing its approach to instructional improvement (http://www.leadered.com/our-philosophy/rigor-relevance-framework.php). In September, Senior Fellow Ray McNulty conducted a leadership workshop in the afternoon and a Board retreat in the evening on the future of education. This District will build on its work this year with Dr. Bill Daggett, Founder and Chair, who will be the keynote speaker at the opening Institute Day. We hope you will clear your calendar on August 14th for an evening with Dr. Daggett. All are welcome. Details to follow.
The Middle School Task Force is completing its work and, if all goes according to plan, will bring recommendations for revisions in programming for 2017-18 to the Board this spring. A major focus of the Task Force has been interventions and enrichment programming and the subsequent impact on the use of time. Information on the Middle School Task Force is available here.
Another major priority in 2017-18 will be a STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and career pathways. An interdisciplinary, STEM-for-all approach focuses on college, career and life skills for tomorrow’s jobs, and includes community partnerships, articulated agreements, internships, certifications, and increased options for college credit and school-to-work experience while in high school.
Updated January 3, 2017
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...