This spring the Niles Township Schools' ELL Parent Center partnered with Open Communities to bring the Parent Mentor Program (PMP) to two Skokie Schools - Madison (69) & Devonshire (68). Their work was based off the Logan Square Neighborhood Association's (LSNA) model.
Each Parent Mentor was assigned to a classroom (not of their own child) where they were matched with a teacher and worked one-on-one and in small groups with children. There were ten parent mentors and one Coordinator at each school. Teachers got extra assistance, and children learned skills from these individuals. Additionally, teachers had the opportunity to learn about another culture and the parents got extra training and experience for their future endeavors. Past parent mentors in Logan Square have gone on to become teachers, namely through a program at Northeastern called Grow Your Own Teachers.
Parent Mentor Program leaders, mentors along with Madison teachers and administration recapped the program's successes and shared the slide show below at the District 69 School Board meeting on May 21st, 2013.
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A TOWN HALL MEETING
Thursday, April 4, 2013
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Niles North High School Auditorium
9800 N. Lawler, Skokie
Local school administrators, community service agencies, law enforcement officials
and others will answer your questions.
Results of the 2012 Social Norms Survey
Depression / Suicide Prevention / School Refusal: Niles North Student Assistance Program (SAP) Coordinator Anna Hamilton
Technology / Internet Usage: Sarah Migas, Illinois State's Attorney's Office
Drugs / Alcohol / Curfew: Niles West SAP Coordinator Karin Wick
Dating / Sex / Supervision: Lydia Tracy, Turning Point
Police-Related Matters: Commander Brian Baker and Detective John Long, Skokie Police Department
Healthy Kids / Healthy Communities, and Support for Middle School Students: Dr. Quintin Shepherd, District 69 Superintendent
Join us for an Information Fair and refreshments after the meeting
2012 Academic Improvement Award (Illinois Honor Roll):
District 69 has been notified by the State Board of Education that Edison School has earned the Academic Improvement Award! Only 81 schools across the state earned the designation in 2012, so this is something to be very proud of. From the ISBE, “honors...schools across the state that have posted substantial gains. These schools demonstrate that exemplary progress is possible at every level and can be sustained.” You will see a certificate attached to the Board Report commemorating our success.
This award recognizes Edison School, and the staff should be very proud of their hard work. The award does not specifically recognize the hard work of the Madison School staff, but I hope that they too will take great pride in this award. The Edison staff would be the very first to recognize that they are building upon the foundation laid by the Madison staff.
BOTH SCHOOLS SHOULD CELEBRATE THIS AWARD!!!
Dr. Quintin Shepherd, SuperintendentRead More
UPDATED WITH STATE OF THE SCHOOLS ADDRESS! VIDEO! Every year in January, I deliver the District 69 State of the Schools Address. Part of this address is also designed to celebrate our successes. This year we have worked to make a video presentation. We hope that you take an opportunity to watch and be proud of District 69. We should be proud of what we have accomplished, the effort that is put forward every day and the success of our kids. We have tried to celebrate many aspects of the District 69 organization. We’ve done this because anytime just one student succeeds it is often because of the work of so many.
We celebrate our finances and operations because we know that a more efficient organization is one that can invest resources on kids.
We celebrate our Board because we know it is a commitment to vision and governance that allows us to see the way forward.
We celebrate our Staff, because that is where the instructional work happens and students succeed.
We celebrate our kids, because… frankly, they are worth celebrating!
"You Should Know" video: http://youtu.be/o06ph5232NA
"State of the Schools" address: http://youtu.be/Hhv4ZCGkLAU
Very truly yours in Education,
Quintin Shepherd, Ph.D.
Superintendent, Skokie District 69
District 69 Families,
A break from School is fun and I hope you will all take time to enjoy yourselves, but it is also important for our students to keep their minds active during the long break. Please encourage your children to read (or read with them!) a little bit each day.
Also, below you will find a list of great web resources (all free!!!) to explore in the next two weeks. There are enough websites below that you can explore a new one each and every day. Maybe you've seen some of these before and maybe there are some you've never seen. Have fun and learn something new!
Lois Lowry's Gooney Bird Greene…and Her True Life Adventures! Playing at THE SKOKIE THEATER,
7924 N Lincoln Avenue Skokie, IL 60077
PERFORMANCE DATES & TIMES:
12/11 at 7:00
12/12 at 4:00 & 7:00
12/13 at 7:00
12/14 at 7:00
HOUSE OPENS 20 MINUTES BEFORE THE SHOW.
FREE! No tickets will be available at the door, you must reserve tickets at
GOONEY BIRD GREENE SUMMARY: Summer has come to a crashing halt in the little town of Watertower. The kids don't want to be back in school; they are listless and bored. Suddenly, the classroom door bursts open and there, wearing pajamas and cowboy boots, stands Gooney Bird Greene! The class is never the same again. Gooney Bird casts herself as the hero in the most improbable, outlandish stories: how she arrived from China on a flying carpet, how she got a lovely pair of diamond earrings at the local palace, how she directed a symphony orchestra while driving through the center of town, and how her beloved cat, Catman, was consumed by a cow! Are these stories really true? Of course they are because, as Gooney Bird proudly proclaims, she only tells "absolutely true stories!" In blending funny and memorable characters with colorful details and her distinctive flair for suspense, Gooney Bird awakens the students' imaginations. They come to realize their lives are as unique as Gooney Bird's and that they, too, can cast themselves as the heroes in their own true tales of discovery and adventure.
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