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Homer 33C shares how it’s Preparing Future Ready Students at school conference

Schilling School third grade teacher Tasha Ohotzke uses Kahoot to quiz students about a book they just finished reading. Homer 33C teachers use Kahoot to quickly determine what concepts students have mastered and which ones need further explanation.

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Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High

 

Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628

 

Homer School District 33C administrators (from left to right) Arlene Siefert, Director of Technology; Kathleen Robinson, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction; and Candis Gasa, Principal at Schilling School, were in Chicago recently sharing how teachers and staff are transforming the district to better prepare students for the rigors of the 21st century.

 

For Immediate Release:

Dec. 22, 2015

 

Transforming a School District

Homer 33C shares how it’s Preparing Future Ready Students at school conference

 

Educators from across the country are learning about Homer Community Consolidated School District 33C and its efforts to prepare Future Ready Students.

 

Last month, three administrators from Homer 33C were invited to participate in a joint conference for public school leaders and share how teachers and staff are transforming the district to better prepare students for the rigors of the 21st century.

 

Candis Gasa, Principal at Schilling School; Kathleen Robinson, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction; and Arlene Siefert, Director of Technology, attended the Joint Annual Conference, hosted by the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB), the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) and the Illinois Association of School Business Officials (IASBO) on Nov. 21 in Chicago. They presented three 30-minute presentations in the Carousel of Panels.

 

The group began by providing an overview of the district’s Preparing Future Ready Students initiative, which challenges students to build their critical thinking skills, expand their communication skills and become independent problem solvers through the use of Chromebooks, iPads, laptops and other 21st century learning tools.

 

“Homer 33C is committed to empowering student success by graduating responsible, globally-aware citizens who are passionate lifelong learners, creative thinkers and independent problem-solvers,” said Robinson. “In addition, we are committed to providing technology that enhances learning, expands communication and promotes data-driven decision-making.”

 

The initiative began with the development of a well-defined strategic plan outlining a schedule for deploying technology as well as professional development opportunities for teachers.

 

Training began in the summer when teachers and staff were given an opportunity to attend a series of in-house training sessions. The district even hosted a Google Summit, inviting teachers to learn from James Sanders, the Chief Innovation officer for EdTech Team and co-founder of Future Ready Schools.

 

The Summit was attended by 500 teachers from across the country, including 41 from Homer 33C.

 

Guided by its five-year strategic plan, the district is systematically equipping every student in grades 4-8 with a Chromebook, said Siefert. It hopes to complete deployment of the learning tools by the fall of 2017 — the end of the district’s five-year strategic plan.

 

Teachers and students have been receptive to the changes, embracing the learning tools and formative assessments that provide instant feedback and review.

 

“We’re educating with more precision,” said Gasa, explaining how teachers can use the Chromebooks and programs such as Kahoot to quiz students and determine what concepts they’ve mastered and which ones need further explanation.

 

“We’re tailoring our instruction to student needs,” she added.

 

The presentation was so well received by educators attending the Joint Annual Conference that Homer 33C was encouraged to apply to be a presenter again next year.

 

 

 

Source: Will County News

Schilling School third graders connect with students in Missouri, Minnesota and Canada

News Release

Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High

 

Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628

 

 

For Immediate Release:

Dec. 22, 2015

 

Schilling School third graders connect with students in Missouri, Minnesota and Canada

Reading aloud has taken on a whole new meaning for third graders at Schilling School.

 

For nearly six weeks, students have been using the Internet to connect with students in Missouri, Minnesota and Canada. Together, they’ve been practicing their reading and comprehension skills by reading the book “Fish in a Tree” together.

It’s all part of a Global Read Aloud project that was initiated five years ago by a teacher in Wisconsin. Her goal was to expand her global collaboration.

 

Today, more than 1,000,000 students have participated in the project, which now strives to connect the world through one book each year.

Schilling third grade teacher Tasha Ohotzke was among those to sign her class up for the project this year.

 

“I was intrigued by the idea,” she said, after dialing up her class’ “Missouri friends” one final time on Dec. 21.

 

Each week, for nearly six weeks, students would gather around Ohotzke’s laptop for a Google Hangout or Skype with students from Missouri, Minnesota or Canada and read aloud from Lynda Mullaly Hunt’s book “Fish in a Tree.” Afterward, they would blog about the book or demonstrate their comprehension by taking a quick multiple choice quiz on their iPads.

“It has brought a whole new level of student engagement and excitement to the classroom,” said Ohotzke.

 

Students would often come to school asking if this was the day they were going to connect with their friends in Missouri, Minnesota or Canada, she added.

 

On Dec. 21, students met up with their Missouri friends one last time and took turns sharing what gift they would like to give to a character in the book and why.

 

Each report was met with thunderous applause from each school.

 

“Thank you for sharing,” Ohotzke told their Missouri friends as they prepared to sign off one final time. “We had a great time reading and connecting with you as we read `Fish in a Tree.’”

 

As the students from Missouri waved goodbye to their new friends in Homer Glen, one of Ohotzke’s students stood up and yelled, “Goodbye, Fantasticos,” using a phrase they all learned while reading the book together.

 

 

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Source: Will County News

Allow for a recall election of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel

We support the legislation filed by State Rep. LaShawn Ford to allow for a recall election of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the group of legislators and candidates standing up when they should stand up with Representative Ford.


Statement Released by Legislative Candidates:  

“In light of recent events, I’m standing up with fellow principled candidates to call on the General Assembly and my opponent to protect the families and children of Chicago and empower them with the ability to recall Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Legislation has been filed by State Rep. LaShawn Ford, a West Side Democrat, to allow for a recall election of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. If I was in Springfield I would co-sponsor the legislation and push for its passage. I call on my opponent to do the same. Rahm and the Chicago political power structure have failed the students they are charged with educating and the families they are charged with physically protecting. It’s time to stand up and speak with moral clarity against the injustices bestowed upon us from the political status quo. A status quo that cares only about perpetuating their power at the expense – financial and otherwise – of those they have so grievously failed.”

Seth Lewis, Candidate, 23rd Senate District
Mel Thillens, Candidate, 28th Senate District
Benjamin Salzberg, Candidate, 29th Senate District
Mike Amrozowicz, Candidate, 31st Senate District
Michelle Smith, Candidate, 49th Senate District
Dale Fowler, Candidate, 59th Senate District
Heidi Holan, Candidate, 46th House District
Jillian Bernas, Candidate, 56th House District
Dawn Abernathy, Candidate, 59th House District
Brandi McGuire, Candidate, 72nd House District
Lindsay Parkhurst, Candidate, 79th House District
Mike Strick, Candidate, 84th House District
Mike Babcock, Candidate, 111th House District
David Severin, Candidate, 117th House District
Jason Kasiar, Candidate, 118th House District
Allen Skillicorn, Candidate, 66th House District
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News from Il. State Rep Mark Batinick

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Task Force on Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates

On December 17 I attended a Final Report meeting for the Task Force on Consolidation and Unfunded Mandates in Chicago. The Task Force’s purpose is to study issues of local government and school district consolidation and redundancy, and to make recommendations that will ensure accountable and efficient government and education in the State of Illinois.

The goals of this Task Force fell right in line with my own legislative initiatives, as they address the nitty gritty issues that shackle our local governments and our local education systems. After offering up many initiatives that aim to make Illinois more efficient, it is very important that I contributed to this unique Task Force.

With this Task Force we:

•  Conducted a comprehensive review of State laws relating to local government and school district consolidation;

•  Conducted a comprehensive review of State laws relating to unfunded mandates on local government bodies and school districts;

•  Identified opportunities to consolidate, streamline, or eliminate duplicative governmental bodies, school districts, and taxing authorities;

•  Identified opportunities to replace, revise, or repeal unfunded mandates placed on local governments and school districts;

•  Discussed solutions and impediments to consolidation of local governments and school districts;

•  Analyzed the success of programs and legislation with similar goals implemented in Illinois and other states; and

•  Prepared a final report to the Governor and the General Assembly making specific recommendations to consolidate local governments and school districts.

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Thompson Center, Chicago

 

The Task Force held 16 meetings across the state and has heard testimony from 33 experts representing government associations, nonprofit think tanks, researchers, and state agencies. It also received more than 85 proposals and endorsed 27 recommendations on topics relating to local government consolidation and unfunded mandates.

Over 100 Seniors Attended the Holiday Luncheon at Plainfield FD Training Center

I was honored to help serve over 100 seniors at the Holiday Luncheon held on December 7. The event was hosted by the Plainfield Park District and Plainfield Township, at the Plainfield Fire Department’s Training Center. This is always a big event and I was thrilled to say hi to so many people in our local community, and also serve up some lunches. Thank you to all that volunteered and participated, and thank you to the Park District and Township for hosting.

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Self Defense Class

Starting in late January, I will be sponsoring self-defense seminars across the District with One-Light Self Defense. Participants will learn avoidance tactics, self-defense misconceptions, offensive techniques, and defensive techniques. Every workshop can help all ages and needs. All donations go to help Women at Risk, International, for their fight against human trafficking, rehabilitating victims, and giving a voice to the silently oppressed. Please visit www.onelightselfdefense.com to learn more about their cause, and please consider coming out to learn how to better defend yourself if you have to, and also help an extremely honorable group.

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As always, if you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact my office at (815) 254-0000, or visit www.repbatinick.com.
It has been such a privilege to serve our communities this past year, and I will continue to bring my forward-thinking initiatives to Springfield on behalf of our State’s children and their education, its workers, and its retirees. There is much work to be done, yet nothing we cannot accomplish together.

From my family to yours, please have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all!

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Source: Will County News