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Our Approach to Teaching & Learning

District 102's vision is to ensure children are prepared to serve their communities, engage in intelligent, respectful discourse, and thrive in high school and beyond. To actualize this vision, the District utilizes varied instructional approaches designed to actively engage students in developing creativity, innovative problem-solving, empathy, and a passion for learning.

District 102's instructional approach for all students is grounded in four core principles.

We believe in instruction that is...

  • Inquiry Based - Engaging students to become invested in their own learning begins by activating their curiosity. Inquiry based learning allows students to explore, hypothesize, and test their own thinking. Teachers facilitate the learning and coach students to find solutions that are effective, efficient and supported by evidence.

  • Multisensory - Typically, school instruction relies on a student's visual and auditory senses. A multisensory approach asks students to process their thinking through multiple pathways and to use those multiple pathways to demonstrate their understanding.

  • Equity Focused - Equity focused instruction ensures all students have the tools, resources and supports necessary to access high levels of learning within the classroom. Additionally, equity focused instruction integrates multiple perspectives and varying dimensions of multiculturalism to deepen a student's thinking.

  • Identity Relevant - Students quickly develop identities about who they are as learners/people and use those identifiers to determine if they are good students, or smart, or successful in school. Identity relevant instruction intentionally supports students in building positive perspectives on themselves as capable and successful learners in all areas.

 

District 102's Instructional Approach (PDF)

Teaching & Learning Department Update: Fall 2018 

Curricular Areas of Interest

Areas of Study

Assessment

Curriculum Development Process

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Curricular Resources

Dual Language Immersion

The Dual Language Immersion program at Congress Park School is an educational approach that promotes biliteracy for both native English-speaking students and native Spanish-speaking students. The aim of the program is for students to become bilingual, bi-literate, and immersed in a multiculturally rich environment.

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English Language Learners (ELL)

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Illinois Learning Standards

Multi-Tiered System of Support

MTSS (Multi Tiered Systems of Support) is an instructional framework designed to maximize academic achievement and positive behavior. Using a tiered system of support, MTSS is an articulated process that includes: an emphasis on outcomes, data-informed decision making, responsive evidence-based interventions and a focus on progress within the classroom.

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Social and Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults develop fundamental social and emotional skills to handle themselves, their relationships and their tasks effectively and ethically. SEL is integrated into all aspects of the school day, including every curricular area and all other programs and activities.  The learning environment is structured to build a sense of autonomy and belonging and to give children the skills to feel competent in handling academic and social skills.

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Standards Based Grading & Reporting

Talent Development

A key mission of Elementary School District 102 is to develop the academic abilities and personal attributes of all students. We believe that within our student population are high ability learners, those who possess either high levels of performance or high levels of potential in a variety of academic areas and/or expressions of talent. Because these high levels are found in children from all backgrounds and experiences, homes and schools must work together to discover these students, meet their educational needs, and monitor their academic, social, and emotional growth.

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Curriculum Overview for Parents (Under Construction)

Kindergarten

Prioritized Standards of Learning (ELA & Math Available - All Other Subjects Under Development)

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Grade 1

Prioritized Standards of Learning (ELA & Math Available - All Other Subjects Under Development)

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Grade 2

Prioritized Standards of Learning (ELA & Math Available - All Other Subjects Under Development)

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Grade 3

Prioritized Standards of Learning (ELA & Math Available - All Other Subjects Under Development)

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Grade 4

Prioritized Standards of Learning (ELA & Math Available - All Other Subjects Under Development)

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Grade 5

Prioritized Standards of Learning (ELA & Math Available - All Other Subjects Under Development)

Content Specific Curricular Information:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Additional Curricular Areas:
    • Music
    • Art
    • World Language
    • Physical Education
    • Library & Media

Grade 6

Prioritized Standards of Learning (ELA & Math Available - All Other Subjects Under Development)

Content Specific Curricular Information:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Additional Curricular Areas:
    • Music
    • Art
    • World Language
    • Physical Education
    • Library & Media

Grade 7

Prioritized Standards of Learning (ELA & Math Available - All Other Subjects Under Development)

Content Specific Curricular Information:

  • English Language Arts & Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Additional Curricular Areas:
    • Fine Arts
    • Physical Education
    • Library & Media

Grade 8

Prioritized Standards of Learning (ELA & Math Available - All Other Subjects Under Development)

Content Specific Curricular Information:

  • English Language Arts & Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Science
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Additional Curricular Areas:
    • Fine Arts
    • Physical Education
    • Library & Media

Teaching & Learning Department Staff