Our teachers are the foundation of District 279. Over the past several years there have been many new programs created by the District Administration and approved by the Board that have had significant impact on them, their classrooms, and their ability to teach our children. These include School closings and realignments, standards-based grading, iPads for all, grade span changes, cultural training, and curriculum changes. Many of these programs have been implemented in haste without the proper training that our professionals need to understand and use their new tools and ideas in the classroom.
As a Board member I would like to better understand these programs before they are implemented. I will ensure that we have clearly established goals for success. And I will demand that all professionals be given the time and opportunity to be fully trained in order to be successful.