Video Podcast Interview Collaborating with your Administrators on Professional Development Goals

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.”
– Ken Blanchard

Recently I was on a video podcast interview with other educational leaders around the country. On the episode of the TechEducator Podcast I was one of three administrators interviewed with technology coaches & educators on the importance of having a strong relationship between the principal (or admin) and the technology coach. It was a great conversation about
leadership, technology, training, support, culture, relationships, recent leadership books, and overall educational excellence.

It was a treat joining Jeff, Sam and Jennifer!

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About Our Guests

Jennifer Schwanke

Jen Schwanke began her career as a language arts educator eighteen years ago. She has worked at both the elementary and secondary level as a teacher and administrator. A graduate instructor in educational leadership, she has written frequently for
literacy and educational publications and presents at literacy and leadership conferences. She is the author of the book, You’re The Principal: Now What? Strategies and Solutions for New School Leaders.

Michael Lubelfeld, Ed.D.

Mike currently serves as the superintendent of schools in the Deerfield, IL Public Schools (District 109). Mike earned his Doctor of Education in curriculum and instruction from Loyola University of Chicago, where his published dissertation was on Effective Instruction in Middle School Social Studies. He is also on the adjunct faculty at National Louis University in the Department of Educational Leadership. Mike has earned an IASA School of Advanced Leadership Fellowship and he has also graduated from the AASA National Superintendent Certification Program. He can be found on Twitter at @mikelubelfeld and he is the co-moderator of #suptchat – the superintendent educational chat on Twitter. He and Nick Polyak co-authored The Unlearning Leader: Leading for Tomorrow’s Schools Today (2017 Rowman & Littlefield). Mike has been married to his wife Stephanie for the past 13 years and they have two children.

Twitter: @mikelubelfeld
District on Twitter: @DPS109
District Hashtag: #Engage109
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Nick Polyak, Ed.D.

Dr. Polyak is the proud superintendent of the award-winning Leyden Community High School District 212. He earned his undergraduate degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, his Masters from Governors State University, and his Ed.D. from Loyola University Chicago. Nick has been a classroom teacher and coach, a building and district level administrator, a School Board member, and a superintendent for the past seven years in both central Illinois and suburban Chicago. Nick has earned an IASA School of Advanced Leadership Fellowship and he also graduated from the AASA National Superintendent Certification Program. He can be found on Twitter at @npolyak and he is the co-moderator of #suptchat – the superintendent educational chat on Twitter. Nick has been married to his wife Kate for the past 16 years and they have four children.

Twitter: @npolyak
District on Twitter: @leydenpride
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April 24, 2017                                               

 School Districts Join Statewide Call for Legislature and Governor to Pass a State Budget

School chiefs call for budget, equitable funding and payment on past due bills

LOCATION – School District 109, Deerfield Public Schools, Superintendent Michael Lubelfeld, and more than 360 school chiefs across the state, representing more than one million students, are calling for the Illinois General Assembly to immediately pass a state budget, improve the state’s education funding formula, and pay school districts millions of dollars in unpaid bills this year. The state has been operating without a full budget for the past 22 months.

“I stand with more than 360 superintendents from across the state in a call for action,” “We need to end the impasse now and move forward with a budget that will serve the two million K-12 Illinois public school students who represent our future.

The below list of more than 360 superintendents, representing more than one million students from across Illinois, have signed on to support a statewide initiative called “Pass Illinois’ Budget!”

The superintendents are specifically calling on members of the Illinois General Assembly and the Governor to do the following:

  • Immediately and with bipartisan support end the state budget impasse
  • Improve the state’s education funding formula and, invest in students and schools, including higher education, throughout the state
  • Pay school districts what they are owed this year

As members of the Illinois General Assembly return to Springfield following their spring break, school districts across the state are sharing their frustration with the state budget situation and using their social media accounts to call the state to #PassILBudget!

While K-12 education has benefited from a partially-funded state budget, Illinois schools, students, families, and communities will continue to suffer without a full state budget. Districts will suffer if Mandated Categoricals, state payments, which support special education, bilingual education, transportation, and other important services, do not get paid this year.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, April 21, the following superintendents have signed on to this call for action:

Mr. Tony Sanders, School District U-46 (39,963)

Dr. Karen Sullivan, Indian Prairie CUSD 204 (28,283)

Dr. Jeff Craig, Aurora West SD 129 (12,554)

Dr. Jennifer Garrison, Sandoval CUSD 501 (485)

Mr. Forrest Claypool, City of Chicago SD 299 (392,051)

Dr. Ehren Jarrett, Rockford Public School District 205 (28,459)

Dr. Lane Abrell, Plainfield SD 202 (27,877)

Mr. Fred Heid, CUSD 300 (20,926)

Dr. John Sparlin, Oswego CUSD 308 (18,500)

Dr. James Mitchem, Valley View CUSD 365U (17,020)

Mrs. Jennifer Gill, Springfield SD 186 (14,893)

Dr. Mark Daniel, McLean County USD 5 (13,751)

Dr. Sharon Kherat, Peoria Public School District 150 (13,297)

Dr. Donald Schlomann, St. Charles CUSD 303 (12,915)

Dr. Jeff Schuler, CUSD 200 (Wheaton) (12,876)

Dr. Brian Harris, Barrington CUSD 220 (8,850)

Mr. Jim Greenwald, Granite City CUSD 9 (6,200)

Mr. Arthur Culver,  East St. Louis SD 189 (6,086)

Dr. Barry Reilly, Bloomington SD 87 (5,455)

Dr. Donald D. Owen, Urbana School District #116 (4,200)

Dr. Todd Stirn, Burlington Central 301 (4,055)

Mrs. Mary Havis, Berwyn South SD 100 (3,936)

Dr. Ben Martindale, North Chicago SD 187 (3,676)

Dr. Michael Lubelfeld, Deerfield SD 109 (2,973)

Dr. Greggory Fuerstenau, Taylorville CUSD 3 (2,628)

Mr. Mike Gauch, Harrisburg CUSD 3 (2,054)

Mr. Chuck Lane, Centralia HSD 200 (931)

Mr. David Rademacher- Patoka CUSD 100 (241)

Mr. Kerry Herdes- South Central CUD 401 (649)

Mr. Matt Renaud- Raccoon CONS SD 1 (234)

Mr. Craig Clark- Centralia SD 135 (1,337)

Mr. John Consolino, Iuka CCSD 7 (209)

Mr. Ralph Grimm, Galesburg CUSD 205 (4,542)

Mr. Kristin Humphries, East Moline SD 37 (2,804)

Map Showing Location of Superintendent Supporters Across Illinois

Mr. Brad Skertich, Southwestern CUSD 9 (1,512)

Mr. Rich Well, Vandalia CUSD 203 (1,536)

Mr. Dan Cox, Staunton CUSD #6 (1,273)

Mr. Tim Branon, Central City SD 133 (321)

Mr. Robin Brooks, Selmaville CCSD 10 (246)

Mr. Brad Detering, Salem CHSD 600 (736)

Ms. Leslie Foppe, Salem SD 111 (1,044)

Dr. David Lett, Pana CUSD 8 (1,314)

Mr. Jeff Humes, Odin PSD 722 (301)

Mr. Fred Lamkey, Edinburg CUSD 4 (289)

Mr. Chris McCann, Kell Cons. SD #2 (114)

Mr. David Schulte, Irvington CCSD #11 (58)

Dr. Melissa Kaczkowski, Roselle SD 12 (708)

Dr. John Butts, Medinah SD 11 (645)

Dr. Susan Homes, Smithton CCSD 130 (518)

Dr. Kristen Kendrick-Weikle, Warrensburg-Latham CUSD 11 (953)

Mr. Gary Miller, Momence CUSD 1 (1,180)

Mr. Daniel Brue, Meridian CUSD 15 (1,035)

Dr. Scott Doerr, Nokomis CUSD 22 (640)

Dr. Andrew Brooks, Delavan CUSD 703 (474)

Dr. Kerry L. Cox, Carrollton CUSD #1 (601)

Dr. Lisa Hichens, Batavia USD 101 (6,022)

Mr. Ryan Heavner, Greenview CUSD 200 (243)

Mr. David Chavira, East Coloma-Nelson CESD 20 (291)

Mr. Andy Richmond, Carbon Cliff-Barstow SD 36 (304)

Dr. DeAnn Heck, Central A&M CUD 21 (771)

Mr. Victor White, Prairieview-Ogden CCSD 197 (243)

Mr. Brad Turner, Mulberry Grove CUSD 1 (425)

Dr. Lori Franke-Hopkins, Jersey CUSD 100 (2,556)

Mr. Todd Pence, St. Joseph CCSD 169 (875)

Ernie Fowler, Nashville CHSD #99 (404)

Dr. Diane Cepela, Newark CCSD 66 (240)

Mr. Scott Watson, Bismarck Henning CUSD (909)

Mr. Shannon Bumann, AlWood CUSD 225 (390)

Dr. Chad Wagner, Elmwood CUSD 322 (705)

Dr. Chad Allison, Illinois Valley Central USD 321 (2,167)

Dr. Lynn Panega, Lake Park High School District 108 (2,642)

Dr. Patrick Anderson, Wood River-Hartford ESD 15 (749)

Mr. Erik Van Hoveln, Windsor CUSD #1 (380)

Mrs. Brenda Donahue, Marseilles ESD 150 (594)

Mr. Kenneth Schwengel, Arthur Community Unit SD #305 (1,251)

Dr. Lance Thurman, Riverton CUSD 14 (1,427)

Mr. Darryl Hogue, River Bend CUSD 2 (982)

Mr. William Faller, Pecatonica CUSD 321 (898)

Mrs. Sandra Kabat, Farrington CCSD 99 (75)

Mr. Jim Littleford, Charleston CUSD 1 (2,860)

Mr. Rolf Sivertsen, Canton Union SD 66 (2,604)

Mr. Christopher Grode, Murphysboro CUSD 186 (2,138)

Mr. Edward Fletcher, Monmouth-Roseville CUSD 238 (1,708)

Dr. Roger Alvey, Illini Bluffs CUSD 327 (961)

Dr. Scott Dearman, Deer Creek-Mackinaw CUSD #701 (1,100)

Mrs. Dee Scott, Casey-Westfield CUSD 4C (893)

Dr. Douglas Wood, Ball-Chatham CUSD 5 (4,797)

Mr. Tad Everett, Sterling CUSD #5 (3,458)

Dr. Kevin Cogdill, Marissa CUSD 40 (617)

Dr. Christine A. Sefcik, Grant Community HSD 124 (1,912)

Cathie Pezanoski, Elwood CCSD #203 (380)

Ms. Drusilla Lobmaster, Ludlow CCSD 142 (80)

Dr. Kimako Patterson, Prairie-Hills ESD 144 (2,563)

Dr. David Moyer, Elmhurst SD 205 (8,436)

Dr. Kevin Suchinski, Hillside SD 93 (508)

Mr. Larry Lovel, Trico CUSD #176 (963)

Mr. Michael Smith, Tuscola CUSD 301 (981)

Mr. Brian Brooks, St. Joseph Ogden CHSD 305 (470)

Mrs. Kathy Countryman, Sycamore CUSD 427 (3,795)

Dr. Jay Morrow, United Township High School District #30 (1,712)

Mr. Aaron Hopper, Panhandle CUSD 2 (500)

Dr. Mike Oberhaus, Rock Island SD 41 (6,767)

Dr. John Burkey, Huntley Community SD 158 (9,473)

Mr. Jeff Hinman, Tremont CUSD #702 (930)

Dr. Art Fessler, Community Consolidated SD 59 (6,902)

Dr. Judy Wiegand, Champaign CUSD #4 (9,951)

Dr. Jon Bartelt, Bloomingdale SD13 (1,291)

Dr. Jim Carlson, Seneca Township HSD 160 (448)

Mrs. Kelle Bunch, Liberty CUSD 2 (658)

Dr. Lori James-Gross, Unity Point CCSD #140 (705)

Mr. Geoff A. Schoonover, Cornell CCSD 426 (102)

Dr. Mike Schiffman, Freeport SD 145 (4,118)

Dr. Kevin Russell, Chicago Ridge School Dist. 127.5 (1,505)

Dr. Michael Connolly, Keeneyville ESD 20 (1,525)

Dr. Nick Polyak, Leyden CHSD 212 (3,375)

Mrs. Robin Becker, Germantown SD #60 (265)

Mr. Norm Tracy, Villa Grove CUSD 302 (670)

Dr. Dale Mitchell, Homewood SD 153 (1,970)

Dr. Lynette Zimmer, Lake Villa CCSD 41 (2,759)

Dr. Timothy Shimp, Yorkville CUSD 115 (5,980)

Mr. David Fults, Willow Grove SD 46 (166)

Mr. Wes Olson, Bond County CUSD 2 (1,901)

Mr. Bill Wrenn, Midland CUSD 7 (706)

Mr. David Thomas and Mr. Alan Estes, Waltonville CUSD#1 (379)

Mrs. Melissa Ritter, Ramsey CUSD #204 (456)

Dr. Bill Shields, Community Consolidated SD 93 (3,821)

Mr. Andrew Larson, Tolono CUSD 7 (1,681)

Ms. Debbie Poffinbarger, Litchfield CUSD #12 (1,457)

Mr. Mike Curry, V I T CUSD 2 (369)

Mr. Steve Wilder, Knoxville CUSD #202 (1,109)

Dr. Dan Oest, Nippersink S.D. 2 (1,137)

Dr. Dan Oest, Richmond-Burton C.H.S.D 157 (709)

Dr. Todd Hellrigel, Midwest Central CUSD #191 (986)

Dr. Mike Kuzniewski, J.S. Morton High School District 201 (8,290)

Mr. Ryan Hobbs, Eldorado CUSD #4 (1,224)

Mr. Jerry W. Farris, Flanagan-Cornell Unit 74 (361)

Mr. Joe Burgess, Jr., Genoa-Kingston CUSD 424 (1,739)

Mr. Mark E. Doan, Effingham CUSD #40 (2,634)

Mr. Jeff Fritchtnitch, Altamont CUSD #10 (761)

Mr. Gary Lewis, Oakwood CUSD 76 (1,022)

Mr. Matthew W. Brue, PORTA CUSD 202 (1,132)

Dr. Robert Green, Collinsville CUSD 10 (6,558)

Dr. Lori Gehrke, Rockdale School District 84 (300)

Mr. Rick Schmitt, Sandwich CUSD #430 (2,098)

Mrs. Susan E. Wilson, Blue Ridge CUSD 18 (784)

Dr. Jeff Dosier, Belleville Township High School District 201 (4,822)

Mr. Joe Novsek, Carlyle CUSD #1 (1,069)

Mr. Tom Berg, Hampton School District #29 (224)

Ms. Sarah Emery, Grayville CUSD #1 (311)

Dr. Peggy Manville, New Lenox School District 122 (5,219)

Dr. Janet Gladu, Griggsville-Perry CUSD 4 (390)

Mr. Bill Fritcher, Teutopolis Unit #50 (1,061)

Mr. Gary DePatis, Morrisonville CUSD #1 (325)

Mr. Adam Bussard, Brownstown CUSD #201 (384)

Mr. Jeff Strieker, Breese Elementary District 12 (603)

Dr. Seth Miller, Westville School District 2 (1,304)

Mr. Gary Alexander, Pawnee School District #11 (654)

Mr. Mark Cross, Peru Elementary School District 124 (930)

Mr. John Bute, Central SD 104 (640)

Mr. Jonathan Green, Millstadt Community Consolidated SD #160 (827)

Mr. Rich Faivre, Earlville CUSD 9 (442)

Dr. Kristen School, Mendota Elementary #289 (1,238)

Mrs. Kristine Eager, Waltham CCSD 185 (220)

Dr. Terri Bresnahan, Berkeley School District 87 (2,783)

Dr. Paul Gordon, Glen Ellyn School District 41 (3,539)

Mr. Carl Carlson, Putnam County CUSD #535 (858)

Dr. Constance Collins, Round Lake Area Schools CUSD 116 (7,297)

Mr. Jay Streicher, Somonauk CUSD 432 (808)

Mr. Michael Cushing, Ottawa Township High School District 140 (1,470)

Mr. Matt Plater, Havana School District 126 (1,026)

Mr. Greg Stott, Kings CSD #144 (66)

Mr. Dan Mair, Germantown Hills SD 69 (886)

Dr. Donna S. Leak, Community Consolidated SD 168 (1,806)

Mr. John R. Langton, Addison School District 4 (4,262)

Dr. Alicia Geddis, Danville CCSD 118 (6,036)

Mr. Shannon Duling, Princeville CUSD 326 (768)

Dr. Cheryl McCarthy, Joliet Township High School District 204 (6,401)

Dr. Theresa Rouse, Joliet Public Schools D86 (11,513)

Mr. Darrick Reiley, Monroe SD 70 (315)

Mr. Scott Fuhrhop, West Washington Co. CUSD 10 (541)

Mr. Cary Jackson, Dieterich CUSD #30 (496)

Dr. John H. Correll, Salt Creek School District 48 (500)

Dr. James M. Gay, Consolidated High School District 230 (7,490)

Dr. Vic Zimmerman, Monticello CUSD #25 (1,621)

Mr. Matt Runge, Pleasant Plains CUSD 8 (1,265)

Dr. Elizabeth Pressler, Neoga CUSD 3 (660)

Mr. Marty Payne, Metamora CCSD #1 (875)

Dr. Daniel Johnson, Johnsburg CUSD 12 (1,976)

Dr. Scott A. Goselin, Bradley School District 61 (1,596)

Mrs. Carrie Hruby, O’Fallon CCSD 90 (3,515)

Dr. Carmen I. Ayala, Berwyn North SD 98 (3,251)

Mr. Chris Long, Palestine Unit #3 (336)

Mrs. Denise Bence, Shelbyville CUSD #4 (1,200)

Mr. Loren Baele, Oak Grove SD 68 (Bartonville) (292)

Mrs. Bonnie McArthur, Thomasboro CCSD #130 (163)

Dr. Kathy J. Hinz, Crystal Lake CCSD 47 (7,604)

Mrs. Julie Shellberg, Ridgeland School District 122 (2,400)

Dr. Tim Mahaffy, Fox River Grove SD 3 (430)

Dr. Valerie Moore, Brookwood SD 167 (1,189)

Mr. Adam Brumbaugh, West Carroll CUSD 314 (1,020)

Dr. Paul McDermott, Forest Ridge School District 142 (1,633)

Dr. Joe Salmieri, Laraway CCSD 70c (450)

Mr. Dwight Stricklin, Lexington CUSD #7 (486)

Mr. Michael Pillion, Oglesby School District #125 (588)

Mr. Jim Hermes, Spring Valley CCSD 99 (705)

Dr. Kenneth Wallace, Maine Township HSD 207 (6,374)

Mr. Dan Bridges, Naperville CUSD 203 (16,788)

Mr. Randall Toepke, Metamora Township High School (977)

Dr. Michele Lindenmeyer, Stewardson-Strasburg CUSD 5A (348)

Mr. Scott Cameron, Beecher City CUSD #20 (320)

Mr. Jeff Holmes, Deland-Weldon CUSD 57 (207)

Mr. Jeff Prusator, Mendota Township HSD #280 (577)

Mr. Don Willett, Astoria CUSD 1 (364)

Mrs. Amy Smith, Newark Community High School #18 (182)

Mr. Tim Buss, Wabash CUSD 348 (1,562)

Mr. Brad Tuttle, Sullivan Community Unit SD #300 (1,139)

Mr. Dale Sauer, Shiloh Village School District 85 (587)

Mr. Chad Colmone, Prophetstown-Lyndon-Tampico CUSD 3 (899)

Mr. Mark A. Hettmansberger, Odell CCSD 435 (171)

Dr. Nancy Wagner, Beach Park School District 3 (2,304)

Mr. Stan Adcock, Paw Paw CUSD 271 (204)

Dr. Daniel L. Oakley, Fieldcrest CUSD 6 (1,091)

Mrs. Paula Hawley, Pikeland CUSD 10 (1,311)

Dr. P.J. Caposey, Meridian CUSD 223 (1,750)

Mr. Art Ryan, Cahokia Unit School District 187 (3,490)

Mr. Darren Root, Auburn CUSD 10 (1,395)

Mr. Michael Struna, Hall High School District 502 (396)

Dr. Phillip Cox, Salt Fork CUSD #512 (912)

Dr. Ty Harting, Community High School District 218 (5,383)

Dr. Jean M. Neal, Georgetown-Ridge Farm CUSD 4 (1,071)

Dr. Kevin Myers, Mundelein High School District 120 (2,053)

Dr. Johnnie Thomas, Community HS District 155 (6,200)

Dr. Paul D. Goren, Evanston/Skokie District 65 (7,805)

Dr. Todd J. Koehl, Troy CCSD #30-C (4,300)

Mr. Todd Butler, Cumberland CUSD #77 (998)

Mr. Stuart L. Parks, Spring Garden School District 178 (250)

Dr. Richard Jancek, Dwight Common Grade School 232 (575)

Dr. Richard Jancek, Dwight Township High School 230 (275)

Mr. Tim Dotson, Limestone Walters CCSD #316 (200)

Mr. Brian Coleman, Cary Community Consolidated SD 26 (2,433)

Dr. Kim Petrasek, Mannheim District #83 (2,742)

Mr. Charles Peterson, Oakdale CCSD 1 (78)

Mr. Larry Bussard, Richland County CUSD #1 (2,400)

Mr. Byron Sondgeroth, North Pekin-Marquette Heights SD 102 (605)

Mr. Larry D. Lilly, Mattoon CUSD 2 (3,463)

Dr. Chad Allaman, District 50 Schools (Washington) (987)

Mr. Jeff Fetcho, Hamilton County Unit 10 Schools (1,250)

Dr. Anthony J. Palmisano, School District 45 DuPage County (3,530)

Dr. Thomas R. Chiles, Lena-Winslow CUSD #202 (825)

Dr. Lisa Parker, Dunlap CUSD #323 (4,463)

Mr. Dale Heidbreder, Washington Central School District 51 (1,344)

Mr. Joel Hackney, Flora CUSD #35 (1,389)

Dr. Tim Arnold, Center Cass School District 66 (1,023)

Mrs. Sheila Greenwod, Bement CUSD 5 (335)

Mr. Ryan Linning, Dimmick CCSD #175 (163)

Dr. Nicholas Henkle, Channahon School District 17 (1,267)

Dr. Thomas Livingston, Atwood Heights District 125 (730)

Dr. Kate Hyland, Wheeling CCSD #21 (6,500)

Dr. Darcy G. Benway, O’Fallon Township HSD 203 (2,500)

Mr. Michael A. Toeben, Albers Elementary SD 63 (189)

Mr. Ryan Robinson, Grand Prairie CCSD #6 (87)

Mr. Brian Brink, McClellan CCSD #12 (67)

Mr. Michael Brink, Nashville CCSD #49 (608)

Mr. Mark Mitchell, Reed-Custer CUSD 255 (1,570)

Dr. Robert M. Carlo, Darien Public Schools #61 (1,546)

Dr. Lonny B. Lemon, Oak Grove 68 (Lake) (883)

Dr. Omar Castillo, Mokena School District 159 (1,580)

Mr. Mike Ward, Illini Central CUSD #189 (761)

Mr. Tom Akers, Cambridge CUSD #227 (498)

Dr. Doug Domeracki, Community HSD 94 (2,012)

Mr. Jakie Walker, Red Hill CUSD #10 (1,053)

Mr. Rod Grimsley, Gifford CCSD #188 (200)

Mr. Patreak Minasian, Washington Grade School District 52 (941)

Dr. Terri S. VandeWiele, Silvis School District #34 (642)

Dr. Gwynne Kell, Winfield School District 34 (320)

Dr. Dawn Green, Palos Heights #128 (736)

Mr. Doug Daugherty, Lawrence County CUSD #20 (1,231)

Dr. Matthew W. Swick, Wilmington School District 209U (1,438)

Mr. David Larkin, Woodlawn Unit School District #209 (529)

Dr. Bill Link, Pekin Public School District 108 (3,752)

Ms. Victoria Tabbert, Queen Bee District 16 (1,926)

Mr. Mike Matteson, Wallace CCSD 195 (325)

Mr. Mike Matteson, Rutland CCSD 230 (68)

Dr. Craig Fiegel, Mascoutah CUSD 19 (3,800)

Mrs. Lea Damisch, Marengo Union Elementary CSD 165 (1,036)

Dr. Kate Sievers, Calhoun CUSD #40 (434)

Mr. Scott Petrie, Mercer County School District #404 (1,350)

Dr. Henry Thiele, CHSD 99 (4,956)

Dr. Kevin J. O’Mara, Argo Community High School (1,816)

Dr. Gary Kelly, DuQuoin CUSD #300 (1,421)

Deborah Philpot, St. Elmo CUSD 202 (464)

Dr. Tami Kampwerth, Aviston SD 21 (387)

Jodi Moore, Leland CUSD #1 (267)

Dr. Henrietta Young, Brooklyn Unit School District #188 (148)

Mr. Robert Bardwell, Eureka CUSD 140 (1,550)

Mr. Alan Boucher, Sherrard CUSD 200 (1,460)

Dr. Kaine Osburn, Lake Zurich CUSD 95 (5,685)

Mr. Kevin Meyer, Central Community High School #71 (579)

Mr. Brian Dukes, Pontiac CCSD 429 (1,284)

Mr. Todd Hamm, Mt. Pulaski CUSD 23 (545)

Mr. Todd Bean, Rooks Creek CCSD 425 (52)

Monty Aldrich, North Clay CUSD 25 (645)

Russell A. Ragon, Manhattan SD #114 (1,434)

Dr. Crystal Johnson, Rossville-Alvin CUSD 7 (420)

Mr. John Thomas, Pembroke School District 259 (256)

Dr. Lan Eberle, Bartonville Grade School District 66 (272)

Mr. Erik Estill, Rome CCSD 2 (371)

Mr. Tim Smith, Princeton Elementary 115 (1,163)

Dr. Charles Johns, West Chicago Elementary District 33 (4,571)

Dr. Tom Bertrand, Rochester CUSD 3A (2,322)

Richard J. Craven, Rochelle Township High School District 212 (972)

Dr. Shelly Davis-Jones, Dolton SD 149 (2,811)

Chris Rademacher, Polo CUSD 222 (581)

Mr. Joe Tieman, Gillespie CUSD 7 (1,322)

Dr. Gina Segobiano, Columbia CUSD 4 (2,013)

Mr. David Powell, Hillsboro CUSD 3 (1,792)

Mrs. Lee Ann Meinhold, Hollis Consolidated School District 328 (162)

Dr. John Palan, Grant Park CUSD 6 (516)

Scott Bloomquist, Winnebago CUSD 323 (1,430)

Dr. John Asplund, Farmington Central CUSD 265 (1,432)

Dr. Travis L. McGuire, Hinckley-Big Rock CUSD 429 (701)

Dr. Kristopher Monn, Minooka CCSD 201 (4,667)

Mr. K. Bradley Cox, Erie CUSD #1 (665)

Dr. Michael Miller, Henry-Senachwine CUSD #5 (596)

Mr. Tim Thill, Pearl City CUSD 200 (467)

Mr. Kevin Ross, Marshall CUSD 2C (1,421)

Mrs. Tonya Evans, Central Community Unit SD #4 (1,128)

Dr. Prentiss Lea, Community High School District 128 (3,400)

Mr. Keith Hagene, Pinckneyville Community High School #101 (456)

Dr. Scott Laird, Athens CUSD 213 (1,110)

Mr. Kent Stauder, Okaw Valley CUSD #302 (513)

Dr. John Ahlemeyer, Gavin SD 37 (871)

Mr. Robert Bowser, Allendale CCSD 17 (138)

Mr. Brad E. Morris, North Wamac Grade School District 186 (157)

Mr. Brad Lee, Carmi-White County CUSD #5 (1,397)

Mr. Mark Miller, Opdyke Belle Rive #5 (186)

Ms. Diana Zurliene, Fairfield PSD 112 (723)

Mr. Ryan McGuckin, Woodland CUSD #5 (512)

Mr. Richard Towers, Christopher CUSD #99 (805)

Ms. Helen Boehrnsen, St. George CCSD 258 (461)

Mr. Mark Heuring, Damiansville Elementary SD 62 (114)

Mr. Seth Mingus, South Pekin Grade School District 137 (228)

Mr. Nathanial L. Wilson, DeSoto Cons. SD 86 (239)

Dr. Rohn Peterson, Roanoke-Benson CUSD #60 (575)

Mr. Matt Klosterman, Belleville Public School District 118 (3,890)

Mrs. Jill Rogers, Martinsville CUSD #C-3 (414)

Dr. Chuck Nagel, East Peoria Community HSD #309 (1,050)

Dr. Jennifer Kelsall, Ridgewood High School District 234 (856)

Dr. Julie Morris, Harlem Consolidated School District 122 (6,743)

Dr. Scott Helton, DuPage HSD 88 (4,075)

Dr. Debbie Ehlenburg, Alden-Hebron School District #19 (441)

Dr. Sandra Thomas, Country Club Hills SD 160 (1,300)

Mr. Patrick Murphy, Mt. Olive CUSD #5 (494)

Dr. Michael Riordan, Oak Lawn CHSD 229 (1,750)

Dr. Kent Mutchler, Geneva CUSD 304 (5,839)

Dr. Scott Tingley, Lincoln-Way High Community HS District 210 (6,975)

Mr. Jon Kilgore, Pontiac Township HSD 90 (724)

Mr. Bob Gold, Big Hollow School District 38 (1,790)

Mr. Eric Misener, Seneca Grade School 170 (490)

Dr. James Stelter, Bensenville SD2 (2,250)

Joe Sornberger, ROWVA CUSD 208 (647)

Mr. Greg Herbst, Galena USD #120 (834)

Dr. Bhavna Sharma-Lewis, Diamond Lake SD 76 (1,049)

Dr. Patrick M. Twomey, Macomb CUSD 185 (2,150)

Dr. Rodolfo Hernandez, Cicero SD 99 (12,470)

Dr. David Larson, Glenbard Township HSD 87 (8,173)

Dr. Phil Ehrhardt, Benjamin School District 25 (636)


Other Supporters:

Tony Reeley, Executive Director of Eastern Illinois Area of Special Education

Julie Wollerman, Regional Superintendent for ROE 3

Eric Brackmann, Director, Ford County Special Ed Coop

Kathy Horath, Director, Macon-Piatt Special Education District

Jim Nelson, Executive Director, North DuPage Special Education Cooperative

Tony Reeley, Executive Director, Eastern Illinois Area of Special Education

Brenda Patrick, Director of Mid-State Special Education

Ron Daniels, Regional Superintendent of Schools – ROE 13

Dennis Litteken, Mater Dei Catholic High School (418)

Dr. Kyle Thompson, Assistant Regional Superintendent – ROE

Marchelle Kassebaum, Assistant Superintendent of ROE #3

Marcia Stinde, Principal, St. Theresa of Avila School (Salem)

Michelle Mueller, Superintendent,Regional Office of Education 40

#PassILBudget United Effort Across IL

For almost two years, Illinois has operated with just a partial budget for education and a “stopgap” budget for most everything else, leading to cuts at local government entities, community service organizations and education agencies that support our families and communities. Even though education has been funded, schools and students still suffer due to the lack of certainty, inequitable funding and current unpaid bills from the state.

Let’s work together to #PassIllinoisBudget.

Illinois Budget Impasse FAQ

Q: How long has Illinois been without a full state budget?

A: As of April 24, 2017 we have operated more than 22 months without a full state budget.

Q: What does the budget impasse mean?

A: The country’s fifth-largest state has been operating with continuing appropriations and court-ordered spending, while the pile of unpaid bills grows to nearly $13 billion. The state has approved a partial budget for education and stopgap or band-aid measures for most everything else. This has meant frozen and reduced budgets at local government entities, community organizations, and education agencies that aim to support our families and all sectors of society. Without a budget we all suffer.

Q: How does the lack of a state budget impact the services provided?

A: School districts launched Pass Illinois’ Budget! in late April when school chiefs should already know their financial revenue situation for Fiscal Year 2018. Like any business, school districts need to know several months – preferably more – in advance how much money they’ll receive so that education leaders and elected board members can make thoughtful spending decisions, from hiring staff to allocations for curriculum, maintenance and repairs, and much more for the coming school year.

Q: Where does Illinois school funding currently come from?

A: The state’s education budget is primarily made up of local revenue, primarily property taxes, state funds, and federal funds. 

Q: What percentage of public school funding is Illinois responsible for and how much does it cover?

A: The state, by constitutional mandate, has the primary responsibility for funding its public schools but has never come close to covering even half the cost. Illinois ranks 50th in the nation for providing state funds for education.

Q: What is the problem with the current school funding formula?

A: The current funding formula does not adequately and equitably fund education in Illinois.

Q: Have there been any proposed solutions to fix the school funding formula?

A: There are some proposed solutions, but all require the state to pass a budget with revenue to support it.

Q: Why is the state behind on payments to school districts and which payments?

A: The state has delayed payments because there is not enough revenue being received by the state to cover the expenditures that are due. These unpaid bills are part of what’s called “Mandated Categoricals” and include funding  for special education, bilingual education, transportation, and other important services. 

Q: What are school leaders doing about the state’s financial situation?

A: More than 360 superintendents (as of 5 p.m. April 21)  are calling on the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Rauner to do the following:

  • Immediately, and with bipartisan support, end the state budget impasse.
  • Improve the state’s education funding formula and invest in students and schools, including higher education institutions.
  • Pay school districts what they are owed this year.

Q: What can parents of public school students and other Illinois residents do?

A: Speak up! Contact your local legislator. To find your local legislator, visit: and ask them to make these three requests a priority:

  • Immediately, and with bipartisan support, end the state budget impasse.
  • Improve the state’s education funding formula and invest in students, including students in higher education institutions.
  • Pay school districts what they are owed this year.

Spread the word with friends and on social media with the hashtag #PassILBudget.

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Digital Citizenship – #HaveTheTalk

“All good athletes make mistakes; the great ones learn to make that mistake only once.”
– Raul Lopez


“The one who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.”– Albert Einstein

This month we are launching a new parent education program aligned with our Digital Privacy, Safety, and Security (DPSS). In partnership with BrightBytes, one of our technology and data research partners, we are deeply reviewing our technology policies, practices, safety and security.

Topics for our inaugural session emerged from surveys, meetings, and input from members of our community. We’ll be joined by a high school student who has a passion for cyber security and for helping to keep families informed and children safe. We’ll host workshops on the following topics (Twitter for parents, Raising digital citizens, Growing up in the Digital Age, Digital Footprints, and more).

In addition to the parent education sessions, this year I have been sending letters with digital “tips” to our parent community. With this blog post I’m sharing excerpts from some of these letters as well as information about our upcoming parent education night. In today’s world digital literacy is essential for all, it’s not ok to leave technology knowledge “to the young people” … it’s for everyone!


“…On Wednesday, April 12, we will add a parent program on digital privacy, safety and security (DPSS). Before then, you’ll be hearing more about DPSS, in the schools and directly from me. In March, we will conduct our annual BrightBytes survey of students (in grades 4-8), staff and parents to evaluate the impact of our 1:1 environment and overall community technology use.”

We have been partnering with Bright Bytes since 2014 to measure the impact of our transformative 1:1 teaching & learning initiatives. Our overall scores and performance and growth have been growing since our focus on excellence transcends children, adults, school, home, and community. 

From BrightBytes:

The Technology & Learning module provides educators with insights into the factors that determine the effectiveness of technology in improving student achievement. The heart of the module is CASE™, a research-based framework developed by a team of educational researchers, higher ed statisticians, and K-12 practitioners.

Based on your data, the module calculates your organization’s overall numeric score (between 800 and 1300), which is aligned to a five-color maturity scale: Beginning, Emerging, Proficient, Advanced, and Exemplary. This same maturity scale is used to highlight your organization’s technology readiness and use in each of the framework’s domains, indicators, and variables.

As shown below, the trends are following an upward trajectory because each year’s focus on continuous improvement as well as engaged learning and teaching are having a positive effect and impact.

Sharing more tips:

DPSS in 109 Tip #1: Check your child’s phone. Do you know who your child is texting or messaging…and what they are sending and receiving? As the person paying the cell  phone bill — and as a parent in the digital age — you have a right and a responsibility to know with whom and how your child is communicating. 

The chart below compares the DPS109 results (solid) with all who use BrightBytes (several hundred schools across the country and Canada) of teachers who feel rewarded for integrating technology into teaching:


“Outstanding people have one thing in common: an absolute sense of mission.”

– Zig Ziglar

DPSS in 109 Tip #2: Conduct a computer, device and social media audit of practices in your home and include your children in the process. Here are helpful tips, many taken from the US Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation:

  • Be sure to monitor what others are posting about you or your children on their online discussions. You can set up a Google Alert to be notified when something shows up online about you or your child.
  • Change your passwords periodically, and do not reuse old passwords. Do not use the same password for more than one system or service. For example, if someone obtains the password for your email, can they access your online banking information with the same password? There are products that help you manage multiple passwords; here’s a recent list of free products.
  • Do not post anything that might embarrass you later or that you don’t want strangers to know.
  • Do not automatically download, or respond to content on a website or in an email. Do not click on links in email messages claiming to be from a social networking site. Instead go to the site directly to retrieve messages.

“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett

DPSS in 109 Tip #3: Follow the Terms of Service for popular social media sites and apps like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; wait until your child is 13 to allow him or her access. Sites that impose these rules are following the government’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998 (COPPA). The age requirements are put in place to protect your child; children under age 13 typically aren’t emotionally ready to handle the impact, implications, and responsibility connected with social media.  

We’re looking forward to our learning experiences on April 12th and beyond! The chart below shows an example of digital citizenship; teaching students how to cite online information. The frequency of “never” is decreasing and the frequency of “weekly” is increasing!


Change Management – #Engage109 represents 2nd order change

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”
– Neale Donald Walsch


My work as a school leader brings me to change management often. From graduate school, to post doctoral leadership programs I have received a great deal of information about change management. Often I use a graphic from the Satir Model of change to illustrate the processes related to the systems view of change.

In this model shown in the image below, change is indicated as the “foreign element” intorduced into the system. Following this change or foreign element, there is chaos in the system.



This “chaos” is critical to the management of that particular change. How the change is managed determines success or failure with respect to that which is being sought. In education, as an “industry” we have often been criticized (justified in my opinion) for resisting change. TTWWADI “twadiddy” or That’s The Way We Always Do It are words that kill change – they are words that stymie change – these are words that have negative impacts on organizations including educational organizations. In the Deerfield Public Schools we have embarked on many changes since July 1, 2013.





The first change, the un blocking of Twitter on July 1, 2013, set in motion many more foreign elements that have had profoundly powerful impacts on learning and teaching for more than 3000 students, 250 teachers, 450 employees, 1850 families, and the more than 20,000 residents of the communities the District Serves. Twitter powerfully opened up the minds, hearts, creative communication skills, narrative about schooling, and branding for the school district. In 2013, it was the superintendent, assistant superintendent and a few principals leading the charge.

Some innovative, courageous teachers took the risk of using Twitter as well for professional growth, professional communication, personal learning, and for communicating about their classroom work in ways never before imagined. The foreign element of Twitter caused a bit of chaos: Some initial questions …

are we really allowed to use this? are we allowed to post photos? what if people get negative? how much time do I have to spend on this? what if I make a mistake? may I use a hashtag, etc.?

The Technical, or First Order Change, of using Twitter was fun, easy, inventive, exciting, and new. Four years later, the Adaptive, or Second Order Change, is that #Engage109 is a powerful, deliberate, intentional, and globally recognized brand of the Deerfield Public Schools. The change is not Twitter, a tool, the change is systems communication. The change is strategic and deliberate communication. The use of Twitter as one of the multiple changes, tools, representations of what we value in DPS109, is part of the bigger picture – the mindset shift that celebrates and normalizes digital, social media communication as a normal and regular part of our work.

For more on 1st/2nd order change, visit:, and see image/photo below:




For context,

Prior to 2013 there was no Twitter in DPS109.

Prior to 2013 there was no Digital Footprint for DPS109.

Prior to 2013 communication was not digital – it was traditional.

In less than four years, second order change, implementation of systematized, deliberate, and intentional communication with Twitter as a tool, mode and delivery system has transformed the view of Twitter, Social Media, Communication, #Engage109, and branding as a whole.

Change management is complex, challenging, frustrating, requires relationships, communication and accountability, and it’s the only work that makes lasting impact – in our case – on the future!

Do you have examples of change in your organization?
What else should change in schooling?

All comments are always welcome!