Mike Borkowski shared his comments from a recent staff gathering. Mike noted his view of District 67 as both a Board member and parent and commented that he has witnessed a complete transformation of how education is delivered. He reported that inclusion rates have risen dramatically over the past five years, co-taught classrooms have been introduced, and there has been a reduction in the use of the traditional pull-out model. Mike reported that teachers are literally creating brand new classes with new curriculum, in order to deliver instruction to students who have non-traditional learning styles.
Mike commented that at Board meetings it is regularly discussed how the District’s Vision is to meet every student where he or she is, and to provide individualized education - that is exactly what our teachers are doing: providing individualized and differentiated teaching to our 1,600 students every day.
Mike noted that the transformation requires money and the Board is committed to providing the financial resources to make this transformation a reality. The Board has provided resources for professional development, additional staff and coaches, and upgrading District facilities. The Board is currently reviewing plans for new science labs that many educators had a hand in designing.
Mike thanked the “incredibly awesome team,” who is living and breathing the District Vision that revolves around the central theme that every single student matters, and working incredibly hard to implement it every day. Mike noted he is grateful for many things this year, including working with six fantastic Board members, a great Superintendent, and a truly outstanding staff!
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