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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 ewalsh@elmhurst205.org

Superintendent of Schools

From the Desk of Dr. David Moyer, Superintendent

Middle School Task Force Makes Recommendation to Board

 

Greetings!  This is a recent communication I sent out to all employees regarding the work of the Middle School Task Force:

 

Dr. Mary Henderson-Baum, Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching, presented a recommendation to the Board of Education on March 21 on behalf of the Middle School Task Force (MSTF) to reorganize middle school instruction and program offerings.  The recommendation was based on seven guiding principles and is the culmination of approximately 16 months of thorough study and work by the Task Force.

 

The MSTF was created in the 2015-2018 master contract between the Elmhurst Teachers’ Council and the Board of Education.  Though the contract wasn’t signed until November 2015, a Tentative Agreement was reached to allow the Task Force to begin its work.  The purpose of the Task Force is “to define the philosophy of the D205 Middle School program” based on three guiding principles: 

 

  1. “Use research-based best practices for learning and teaching; and
  2. Consider individual needs of students while maintaining consistency across middle school buildings; and
  3. Communicate clearly the specific reasons for any changes.”

 

In the fall the ETC selected six volunteers from each of the three middle schools to serve on the committee.  Members represented all content and support areas.  The three middle school principals, Dr. Henderson-Baum, who replaced Dr. Michelle Fitzgerald, and I represented the administration.  Michele Bowles and I co-chaired the committee.  As the MSTF came closer to its ultimate recommendation, the Learning and Teaching Department and the principals took a more active leadership role.  Additionally, the services of the District Management Group (DMG) were secured to help support the process in five primary ways: 

  1. Codify the schools’ priorities and theory of action for serving students,
  2. Review each school’s programming, use of time, and schedules,
  3. Review supports and services for struggling and gifted students,
  4. Review the cost-effectiveness of staffing patterns and practices, and
  5. Create and help implement a phased-over-time plan for continuous improvement.

 

DMG visited the District and conducted site visits and Focus Group interviews with teachers, parents, and administrators over three days in November of 2015.  DMG then conducted a time study of special education and student services personnel in January 2016.  It presented a comprehensive report to the Board on March 22, 2016.  The report included five commendations and four opportunities to raise achievement for all students.

 

Commendations:

  • District teachers and leaders are committed to rigorous standards and promoting high achievement for students,
  • The District is committed to providing ample opportunities for students to explore diverse interests beyond core academic content areas,
  • The District has a Reading Strategies course with clear and consistent criteria across schools,
  • At District level, students are identified for special education services in line with state and national averages, and
  • Across the schools, students have a fairly consistent educational experience.

 

Opportunities:

  • Consider providing coaches to general education teachers to support continued professional development in lesson planning and differentiated instruction,
  • Consider refining support services to ensure that all students, regardless of IEP status, access support from staff with content expertise in the relevant subject,
  • Consider creating an intervention/enrichment block in order to provide dedicated time for struggling students to gain grade level mastery, as well as opportunities for increased enrichment for students on or above grade level, and
  • Consider providing more social-emotional support for students by better leveraging existing District resources.

 

A Parent Survey followed to solicit input on the four opportunities presented by DMG. Three hundred ninety parents participated in the survey.  Thirty-eight percent ranked coaching as the top opportunity to pursue, 35% indicated interventions/enrichment as the top opportunity to pursue.  Sixty-nine percent agreed or strongly agreed that coaching should be pursued, with 85% wanting to learn more about coaching; 59% agreed or strongly agreed that students should access support from content strong teachers with 73% interested in learning more; 52% agreed or strongly agreed that an interventions and enrichment block should be pursued, with 81% interested in learning more; and 79% of parents agreed that increasing social-emotional support should be pursued, with 71% interested in learning more.

 

During this time, the MSTF studied the District’s Student Achievement Objectives, Professional Learning Communities, and best practices for middle level education.  It developed core values around four big ideas:  Essential Attributes and Characteristics; Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment Characteristics; Leadership and Organization Characteristics; and Culture and Community Characteristics.  A summary of the work to date was presented to the Board on May 10, 2016. 

 

In June 2016, the Board of Education approved the addition of 13 Instructional Coaches across the District.

 

At the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, I visited each middle school to update parents on the status of the MSTF’s work.  In October, a timeline was established to present recommendations to the Board in the spring.  From November through January, MSTF members visited middle schools in Barrington, Glenview, Naperville, Schaumburg, St. Charles, and Willowbrook. 

 

The ultimate recommendation to the Board evolved out of seven core principles that emerged from the extensive process outlined above: 

  1. Flexibility within the schedule (which will ideally support an interdisciplinary focus),
  2. Establishment of daily Acceleration Period (interventions/enrichment),
  3. Increased minutes for math (note:  in D205 the achievement gap in math increases at the MS level),
  4. Small teams as part of the MS philosophy,
  5. Content area teachers to provide interventions,
  6. Increased student choice, and
  7. Maintain PLC time.

 

DMG visited the District again in November and began an arduous process of developing and refining schedules to support the principles outlined above.

 

Based on all of this work, the presentation included the following changes for the 2017-18 school year:  A flexible block schedule will be implemented with 75 minutes of instruction daily in ELA and math; 75 minutes every other day for science and social studies; 40 minutes daily for PE, EL, and UA; and a 30 minute Acceleration period.

 

Currently, MS ELA, math, science and social teachers teach 225 minutes out of a 420-minute day, while all other teachers teach 270.  By contrast, elementary teachers teach 294 minutes, and HS teachers teach 250 minutes (with an average of 275 minutes of directed time due to supervision requirements).  Under the new format, minutes are relatively balanced.  ELA and math teachers will teach 255 minutes; science and social studies 247.5; PE/WL/UA 240; and EL, SPED, and Reading Specialists no more than 255.

 

Additionally, the presentation included the following changes for the 2018-19 school year:   Band/Orchestra/Choir (BOC) will be offered during the school day; students will choose two electives among BOC/WL/UA; Project Lead the Way will be added to the curriculum; students who elect to take WL in 6th grade will complete two years prior to HS (one if they begin in 7th grade).

 

There are two primary goals for 2017-18: 

  1. successful implementation of the Acceleration period, and
  2. 2) successful adjustment of instructional practices necessitated by the block format. 

An Acceleration committee has been formed and is planning for implementation of interventions and enrichment.  Professional development for teaching in the block format is scheduled for later this spring.  Professional development will be ongoing throughout the spring and summer and next year.  Additional planning will occur through Building Leadership Teams with support from the District Office.  Dr. Henderson-Baum and I will meet with parents at each school in April to explain the changes and obtain additional feedback and input.  Curricular teams will have this summer and next school year to plan for the 2018-19 change.

 

I would like to commend the excellent work of the MSTF.  Learning by doing will be the theme for next year.  We will refine our practices as the nuances of these changes emerge and become clear.  While we all acknowledge that there will be challenges, and, perhaps, nothing is ever truly perfect, we believe these changes are much more in line with research and best practices.  Additionally, we believe that addition of small teams; acceleration period; increased minutes of instruction for math; a shorter school day for students through incorporating band, orchestra, and choir into the regular school day; increased student choice; increased STEM opportunities; and the flexibility to support an interdisciplinary approach will all have a significant positive impact on students.

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.
 

Objective 1 Objective 2

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...

Dr. David Moyer

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Moyer, Ed.D., David
Superintendent of Schools dmoyer@elmhurst205.org
Walsh, Ellen
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent ewalsh@elmhurst205.org

Cabinet

Henderson-Baum, Ed.D., Mary
Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Leadership Development mbaum@elmhurs
Kosteck, Ed.D., Kathleen
Assistant Superintendent for Student Services kkosteck@elmhurst205.org
Smith, David
Executive Director of Technology, davidsmith@elmhurst205.org
Smith, Melea
Executive Director of Communications/Public Relations msmith@elmhurst205.org
Sprandel, Charles
Director of Research, Assessment and Quality Analysis csprandel@elmhurst205.org
Whelton, Christopher
Assistant Superintendent for Finance & Operations cwhelton@elmhurst205.org
Woell, Ed.D., 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.