This is a blog from the Superintendent of Schools for the Deerfield, Illinois Public Schools, District 109 Our mission is: Provide an innovative educational experiences of the highest quality that engage, inspire and empower each student to excel and contribute in a changing world.
This is teacher, nurse, educational support staff (and administrator) appreciation week! We can never say thank you enough to our educators!! THANK YOU!
I’m sharing a quote I have held closely for many years and I’m sharing two notes I recently sent the DPS109 community.
“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes.” Maya Angelou
Dear District 109 Families and Community Members,
At its last meeting, the Board of Education declared Tuesday, May 9, 2017 as Teacher Appreciation Day in District 109. Please join the Board of Education and the District administration team in applauding our teachers and all of the educators and support staff throughout District 109 who work so hard each day. We have high-achieving, nationally recognized, innovative, warm and welcoming schools because amazing teachers engage, inspire and empower our students – your children, grandchildren, and the children of your friends and neighbors!
I encourage you to find a way to show your support to your favorite teacher, or any school staff member who makes a difference in the lives of the children in our community. Whether you write a heartfelt, handwritten note, have your child create a work of art, or just go out of your way to say a personal “Thank you,” you are giving a great gift. They deserve all the thanks that we can shower upon them!
“If we neglect our gifts and talents, they, like an unused muscle, will atrophy and waste away.” Stephen Covey
Dear District 109 Teachers and Staff,
The Board of Education recently approved our 2017 Strategic Plan. The planning process was both reflective and forward thinking, and very eye-opening to me. I realized how much we have accomplished in four short years. I also acknowledge and thank you for being open to change. I know that’s not easy. Your leaps of faith and constant hard work have allowed our students to thrive, and schools to achieve local, regional and national recognition. In the strategic planning process we should all be proud of the input and impact of that input. Your voices and your input helped shape the goals, objectives and plans. I look forward to working with you and for you to achieve our goals in the coming years.
On April 24, the Board of Education declared Tuesday, May 9, 2017 Teacher Appreciation Day in District 109. The community will celebrate you throughout the week. To show our thanks, the District administration and Board will provide a gift and special treat at some point during the week. They are small tokens of our boundless appreciation of you and your continual work to engage, inspire and empower our students, their parents, your colleagues, and our community.
So THANK YOU, from me personally, and from the Board of Education and District leaders, for allowing us to work with the best team of educators in the nation.
“If you want extraordinary results you must put in extraordinary effort.” – Cory Booker
On Monday, April 24, 2017, the Board of Education of the Deerfield (IL) Public Schools District 109 approved the 2017 Strategic Plan! This new plan is the outgrowth of focus groups, interviews, surveys, studies, analysis, and leadership. More than 1700 voices have been heard as part of this process.
We have a Portrait of a Graduate, a mission, vision, guiding principles, goals and objectives.
This is the District’s Guiding Document! All actions, plans, initiatives, plans, programs and reviews will be aligned with and measured against this plan and its components.
From my letter to the community in the Plan:
On behalf of the Board of Education, I am proud to present the 2017 Strategic Plan. We developed this plan with input from more than 1,700 people in our community through interviews, focus groups, surveys, data analysis and student performance.
Those 1,700 people included representatives from the following stakeholder groups: teachers, parents, students, support staff, community members, business leaders, government leaders, administrators and members of the Board of Education. The plan lays out the mission, vision, portrait of a graduate, guiding principles goals and objectives. This plan will guide our work on behalf of the children we serve. The three broad goals to which the objectives are aligned clearly share that which we value: Limitless learning experiences for ALL children.
The 2017-18 school year will mark the first year of implementation of this plan. I look forward to working with our entire community as we embark on shaping the future of education in the Deerfield Public Schools. Thank you for your continued support as we continue to Engage, Inspire, Empower our students, each other, and our entire community.
We take the concept of limitless learning experiences for ALL children very seriously. We do believe that the current, 19th Century structures serve many of our students and families (it’s familiar and it’s a system that is not completely broken). But, there are more and more students for whom the current system simply does not work. There are more and more students for whom the current structures block their growth and potential. Just because the systems have worked for more than a century does not believe we have to continue them blindly with no options.
This current Strategic Plan allows us to move beyond the 19th Century structures. We can move beyond our 20th Century accomplishments and struggles. We can move forward in this current 21st Century with vision, mission, “the end in mind” and options!
The three goals form the umbrella of the driving forces toward our future – a future where we design, create, implement, and evaluate Limitless learning experiences for ALL children.
Tied to these goals we have six objectives each for a total of eighteen objectives. The objectives were vetted by members of the Board of Education, our research partners ECRA Group, and the Leadership Team (assistant superintendents, principals, associate/assistant principals, executive directors, directors coordinators, etc).
Tied to these eighteen objectives we have formulated eighteen action plans! We’ll tie our work to this plan. We’ll align our work to these objectives. We’ll report more throughout the next few years. In three years we’ll review the entire plan to see what is still relevant. Annually we’ll report on progress, planning, and evaluation. This will be a LIVE plan – not a plan that sits on a binder.
Facebook for the district as well as the six schools is also still a highly used communication medium.
Of late we have been expanding our communications via interview (blog radio interviews), and we are also starting a DPS109 Podcast (which you can subscribe to on the iTunes store). We’ll share more about the Podcast in subsequent blog posts; for now we are going to issue a podcast episode at least once a month, and more frequently when district news warrants it.
With this blog post I’m sharing one of these new forms of communication, an interview with one of the District 109 parent leaders, Mrs. Patty O’Machel. Patty has taken the lead on Disability Awareness Week planning and facilitation. This pro-social series of lessons and experiences help remove the fear that some people have when encountering people with differences. Patty is a leader that you should learn more about!
Patty and I were recently interviewed with Larry Jacobs … listen below:
Blog Talk Radio Interview with Larry Jacobs on the EDUCATION IN AMERICA: FOR PARENTS AND COMMUNITY radio show.
“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!
The TechEducator Podcast is a weekly round table discussion about current topics in educational technology.
The video may start in the middle, if it does, just slide it back to the start.
About Our Guests
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.
District on Twitter: @DPS109
District Hashtag: #Engage109
LinkedIn: Michael Lubelfeld
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.
District on Twitter: @leydenpride
District Hashtag: #leydenpride
LinkedIn: Nick Polyak
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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)
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)