Local school districts are facing curriculum and testing changes that put teachers and students under added pressure to meet new goals; and Illinois’ regional superintendents want local school districts to know they can help them meet these new challenges at no cost to the local schools.
The Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents are offering new “Foundational Services” to school districts focusing on five key areas. These new services use federal funds formerly targeted to the No Child Left Behind initiative.
While much attention has been focused on the controversial “Common Core” standards, there are other new learning standards, assessment tests and student performance requirements that schools and teachers must also meet.
“These are technical areas that can be difficult to understand, even for educators, and some details are still being worked out as we move through this school year,” said Pat Dal Santo, Illinois Association of Regional School Superintendents President and Regional Superintendent of Schools for Kane County. “But we cannot stress enough how important it is that every school district take advantage of these free services, whether their performance is excellent or needs improvement.”
The five areas include:
Continuous Improvement – Works with districts to define educational goals, identify the leadership and resources currently in place, research the proper strategies to meet the goals and monitor those strategies to ensure they are working effectively.
English Language Arts – Provides training to English teachers on the expectations of the new Common Core State Standards in a number of areas, including academic vocabulary, close reading and narrative writing.