By Lighthouse 112
This podcast is from the superintendent of schools in the North Shore School District 112, a Pk-8 public school district in northeast Illinois. It is a source of information about the school district, its leadership, its teachers, its students, and its community. It is another source of updates and an additional source of news regarding the changing narrative of public education. Inspire...Innovate...Engage
What is the referendum for? What is D112 Long Range Plan?
North Shore School District 112 has faced aging facilities since its inception as a school district in 1993. Over the past several years, the Board has closed schools, reduced the number of employees, and focused on efficient operations while still keeping education as the #1 priority area. Surviving the recent worldwide global pandemic as well as the recent political upheavals nationally, regionally, and locally, the District keeps its eyes on addressing its present so that it may create its future for the 3900 students and the tens of thousands of residents impacted by its operations. In this episode of Lighthouse 112, the focus is on the "why" and the "what" for the November 8 ballot - there is a referendum/ballot question for the voters to decide upon a request for $114,400,000 in bond authority to modernize, upgrade, and renovate five elementary schools and provide enhanced physical security for all campuses. What is our Why?? Why ask the community for 100+MM? District 112 born in 1993 with no debt service extension base 50 years of deferred maintenance LONG time “kicking can down the road” A major referendum in the late ’90s ---None since New School is Oak Terrace, 25 years old - upkeep and investment are timely and NOT deferred Northwood/Edgewood Phase 1 - brand new 2021/ 2023 with NO dedicated tax increase 12 schools to 10 schools - reduction in operating expenses and reduction in staff NEED to upgrade and closeout deferred maintenance at SW, IT, RA, BR, WT - fix up aging schools, infrastructure, roofs, boilers, air conditioning, air quality/ventilation, windows, bricks, sidewalks, parking lots, we’ve turned over every rock (three cycles of physical and educational assessments).
November 06, 2022
Construction Plans in District 112 An Update
North Shore School District 112 has been on a long journey of facilities improvement & modernization. The District is about to complete PHase 1 of it's multiphase long-range facilities plan. Both middle schools were modernized and improved with no dedicated tax increase. The needs of the District exceed its ability to complete this all without a dedicated tax increase, so in Phase 2, the current planned phase, the Board just approved a bond question on the November ballot, for $114,400,000 to fund upgrades, construction, modernization, ADA compliance, security/safety, and more, at 5 schools (Ravinia, Indian Trail, Sherwood, Braeside, & Wayne Thomas). In this podcast, we clarify some recent questions about timeline, costs, and plans in Phase 3. Topics such as the future of Dual Language and the permanent home of the early childhood center are also addressed! Learn more at https://www.nssd112.org/Page/4139
August 23, 2022
Safety and Security in D112 Interview on local Radio
Superintendent Lubelfeld was interviewed on local radio, discussing the back-to-school preparations and the focus on safety and security in District 112. In this episode of Lighthouse 112, he shares remarks, information, as well as the interview to keep the community informed. To access the WBEZ interview and related information, visit the link.
August 10, 2022
Superintendent Safety & Security Update July 22 2022
District 112 is preparing to reopen its schools late in August. In an ongoing effort to keep the community informed, superintendent Lubelfeld shares an update on security and safety in North Shore School District 112. Slides accompanying a video version of this message can be found LINKED HERE. A recent communication from the District about this topic can be found LINKED HERE. District 112 baases its security and safety efforts on research, evidence, and expert advice, like the advice in the Illinois Terrorism Task Force report, LINKED HERE.
July 22, 2022
Message from the Superintendent A Check-in with the Community July 10, 2022
On July 4, 2022, innocence was ripped out of the hearts of Highland Park and Highwood Illinois due to a tragedy of unspeakable description. As a result, all community partners, including our local elementary and high school district, have jumped to action and heeded the call to support our first responders, the city, the community, victims, a host of social service agencies, and more. Instinctively so many joined together to provide instant community counseling efforts on Tuesday, July 5, and those continued in multiple formats throughout the week and they will continue at the Family Assistance Center (FAC) this week. In this update, superintendent Lubelfeld shares updates, insights, plans, and reactions to how the community is uniting in counseling, prayer, and planning. The schools will open on August 24, with this 11-minute audio update, superintendent Lubelfeld acknowledged the outpouring of community support immediately after the 4th, explains the focus on reopening the schools after the summer break, focuses attention on "right now" that people are at various stages in the healing process, what is he doing about school safety and security, optional school "play dates" and next steps. For information visit hpstrong.info
July 10, 2022
What's Going on in District 112 this summer?
There is a lot going on this summer in North Shore School District 112. From professional learning to community engagement to construction, and more ... there is much behind the scenes in the district. Learn about recent professional learning by teachers and administrators, key points from the State of the District, a recent presentation to the Chamber of Commerce, and hear about the continuing efforts at modernizing and upgrading aging school facilities. There's never a dull moment in Highland Park! Tune in for this 18 minute update from the superintendent of schools.
June 24, 2022
Long Range Facilities Planning - An Update
In 2022, North Shore School District 112 has a determined focus on its Long-Range Facilities Plan. With Phase 1 of the Long-Range Plan soon to be completed, including major renovations to both middle schools and improvements to Oak Terrace Elementary School, the District is now redirecting its attention to Phase 2. The second phase of the Long-Range Plan involves addressing decades of deferred maintenance and other important capital facility needs at five of the District’s older elementary schools, some approaching a century in age. Given that the proposed improvements would require voter-approved funding, the District is committed to gathering the community’s input on the proposed upgrades and financing plan. No final decisions will be made regarding the Phase 2 improvements until our taxpayers weigh in. We seek to provide the best possible educational environment for all of our students while honoring our obligation to be responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars. Learn more at https://www.nssd112.org/Page/4139 In this episode, learn more about Phase 2 of the Long-Range Plan!
April 12, 2022
Dr. Lubelfeld Audio Message Jan 5 2022
On the third day of in person learning back from winter break, Dr. Lubelfeld shares a brief update on the status of in person learning, layered mitigations, and a message of thanks to the community.
January 05, 2022
Governor Issues Mask Mandate August 4 2021
Governor JB Pritzker announced an Executive Order today that supports safe in-person learning and requires that masks be worn indoors by all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention strengthened its guidance last week for universal indoor masking in schools, and Illinois will continue to follow the science, data, and public health experts to keep students in school and keep communities safe. We know that consistent and correct mask use is the simplest, most effective way to keep students safely in school, where they can learn and grow to their fullest potential. In District 112 we're going to recommend that we follow the Governor's order and we open schools in accordance with his order. Next week we will share more details about other COVID-19 protocols as we prepare to open our 10 schools for full-time in-person learning. Inspire -- Innovate -- Engage! Check our web pages for more information about reopening: https://www.nssd112.org/domain/1243
August 04, 2021
Final Thoughts and a Look Forward School Year 2020-2021
Well, we made it!! The historic and challenging school year during the global pandemic comes to a strong finish on Friday, June 11, 2021. The superintendent reflects on the year, shares remarks from a recent board meeting, and shares a future vision as well. Fond farewell school year 2020-2021! Board highlights with links to some content in this episode can be found here: https://www.smore.com/qych4
June 11, 2021
Preview of May 18 Board Meeting - What's Going On in D112? May 2021
This unprecedented school year is coming to a close -- what a year! We have learned, we have grown, we have struggled, and we will emerge stronger than ever. We chronicle the "reopening" at https://www.nssd112.org/domain/1243 and we take great pride in our guiding principles of safety, learning, and communication. In this podcast, Dr. Lubelfeld previews the report coming up at the May 18, 2021, Board meeting on resetting for the upcoming school year. Sharing learning, social-emotional learning/mental health, finance, and policy, the superintendent gives a preview of a longer report detailing what learning and growth look like after the impact of a disruptive global pandemic. The future is bright - we had challenges prior to the pandemic, during the pandemic, and we're up for the challenges post-pandemic!
May 11, 2021
Brief Community Update - 4th Quarter is here
In North Shore School District 112 we are finishing up Spring break (Sunday, March 28 - it is the last day of break). On Monday, March 29 we welcome back students to 9 of our 10 schools, and on Tuesday, March 30, we open Northwood Middle School to students. We have PCR testing on-site at Elm Place on 3/29, 3/31 and 4/1. We are following the CDC and Lake County Health Department Quarantine post-travel rules, we're gearing up for full in-person and full virtual learning this month! In this short episode, the superintendent shares information of interest and in a timely fashion.
March 28, 2021
Students as Leadership Partners - #112Leads
At North Shore School District 112, students are lead members of the Modern Learning Committee. To this end, they are active partners and decision-makers in the aspirational vision, Portrait of a Graduate, and innovative practices in the District. Director of Technology Mr. Jeremy Wickham and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Lubelfeld made a "virtual" presentation that includes video clips of students, teachers, principals, and highlights the journey of the Modern Learning Committee and the Portrait of a Graduate in D112. Learn more: https://www.nssd112.org/domain/1230 This presentation was part of a month-long national conference from TCEA & IDEACon, learn more about the conference here: https://youtu.be/OEYreJyiwo8
February 05, 2021
Getting ready for the second First Day of School
In North Shore School District 112, there will be a pivot to Hybrid Learning on Feb. 1, 2021, it will mark the 2nd first day of school for thousands of our students enrolled in the Hybrid Learning model. Please take a listen to remarks from Superintendent Lubelfeld as he shares perspectives and context of leading and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic! Inspire — Innovate — Engage. Learn more at www.NSSD112.org
January 31, 2021
Northwood Middle School Modernization - Host Nicholas Glenn #FacilityFriday
Listen to this special 112 Spotlight Podcast #FaclityFriday edition! The episode explores the story of the modernization of Northwood told through interviews with staff and students. Nicholas Glenn, Director of Communications for North Shore School District 112 takes us on a journey of the process started in 2018 after angst and turmoil to success and positivity in District 112. Learn more https://www.nssd112.org/Long-RangePlanning
January 22, 2021
Superintendent Community Check In Dec 3
Dr. Lubelfeld is checking in with the community on the "running of the schools" in a Pandemic. Reminders of the challenges we're facing in this public health crisis along with reminders and clarifications about the D112 plan, communications, and science behind decision making. Tune in for a quick 15-minute update! Visit https://www.nssd112.org/domain/1243 for ongoing updates on the reopening of schools in District 112.
December 03, 2020
Conversation with Dr. Ryan Following Board Meeting Nov 10
On November 10, 2020, The Board of Education received a report on Continuous improvement. Part of the growth came from nearly 200 pages of open ended responses on surveys about Remote Learning. District 112 is on a journey of continuous improvement. Some remarks that the Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning made were taken out of context and in this episode, we give Dr. Ryan a chance to share greater clarity in his messaging. Inspire - Innovate - Engage
November 11, 2020
Back to School Update Aug 9 - D112
North Shore School District 112 is preparing to return students and staff to school on September 3 in a Hybrid learning model. This model calls for significant risk mitigation with respect to the COVID-19 Global Pandemic. Students and staff have not been on site since March 12 - it's time for schooling to restart - in as safe a manner as possible. With enhanced air quality investments, cleaning and sanitizing investments, PPE investments, curricular material investments, and much, much, more, the Board and administration remain committed to public safety as they bring back a version of in-person schooling with an enhanced set of distance or "e" learning as well. This is a back to school update from the superintendent of schools. Learn more at https://www.nssd112.org/domain/1243
August 09, 2020
NSSD112 Reopening of Schools Planning--July 26 Update & Information
As we prepare to reopen schools during a global pandemic, Dr. Lubelfeld shares an update and some clarifying points about the plan, as well as the next steps. In North Shore School District 112 there is a planned HYBRID learning model which calls for five days a week, two-plus hours in person for half student population in the morning or the afternoon as part of a five-hour instructional day. There is limited child care offered by the district as well as the constant health metric reviews. For more information and up to date changes, visit: https://www.nssd112.org/domain/1243
July 26, 2020
Interview Excerpts & Update on Planning for Next Year
With the academic school year coming to a close, the focus is now on reopening. There is a great deal of planning, analyzing data, and other states and national plans with respect to reopening during the Pandemic. There is also a great concern about remote learning and how it can be improved upon from the recent experiment during crisis learning. Sharing excerpts from a recent interview with a local radio station, as well as including some student voices on remote learning, Dr. Lubelfeld shares insights into the anticipated reopening planning process.
June 09, 2020
Interview with Adam Bergman Math Teacher
Mr. Adam Bergman has been a math teacher in North Shore School District 112 since 1993! He is a master teacher, a wonderful role model, and the latest guest on Lighthouse 112. Learn more about Mr. Bergman's incredible abilities to make math fun, engaging, inspiring, and meaningful at his social media sites: Brainy Miscellany via FB and Bergman Math via Instagram
May 26, 2020
Interview with Patty Samuelian - District 112 Teacher on Special Assignment
Patty Samuelian is a treasured member of the North Shore School District 112 family. For more than 30 years this Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) provides guidance, mentorship, support, leadership, camaraderie, and so much more as the TOSA! Learn about Patty's journey, her background, her teaching career, and much more in this episode of Lighthouse 112.
May 19, 2020
Interview with Principal Sergio Gonzalez Northwood Middle School
In this podcast episode, we feature and get to know one of the District's newest school leaders, Mr. Sergio Gonzalez. From a career path that started in the private sector to broad educational experiences, Mr. Gonzalez is at the helm of one of the District's two middle schools. Learn about his background, his journey, steps along the way as well as reflections on the current Remote Education during the COVID-19 Pandemic. In North Shore School District 112 we Inspire, Innovate, & Engage, learn more about one of our principals who does this each and every day! Season 2, Episode 13.
May 12, 2020
Principal Rachel Filippi - Sherwood School
In this episode, we interview Sherwood school principal Rachel Filippi. Mrs. Filippi talks about her educational background, her experiences as a teacher and administrator, her reflections on the Remote Education going on due to COVID-19, and more. Spend some time getting to know the leaders in North Shore School District 112.
May 08, 2020
An Interview with Teacher Jon Bogie - 4th Grade
Jon Bogie was a teacher, an assistant principal, a principal, and now he is a teacher again! Learn more about his journey, his story his passion, and his calling. Inspiring students each day at Wayne Thomas Elementary School in Highland Park, IL, this career educator is a treat to speak with and work with. Jon's innovative approaches are known far and wide and his high levels of engagement make him one of the memorable teachers that students remember for a lifetime. We are proud to work with Jon and we're thrilled to feature Jon on Teacher Appreciation Day!
May 05, 2020
An Interview with Middle School Teacher Michael Buss
Edgewood Middle School teacher Michael Buss is a long time teacher with a deep background in middle-level education. He shares his personal story including a very personal medical situation. Michael has taught in urban areas, suburban areas, in grades 6-12, in language arts and in the social sciences. He is one of the amazing District 112 teachers and staff members who Inspire/Innovate/Engage each and every day. Please listen and learn about Mr. Buss' background, journey, and his thoughts on the abrupt changes caused by the COVID-19 stay at home order and resulting Remote Learning. Hearing and validating our teacher voice is very important in North Shore School District 112!
April 29, 2020
More Student Voice Regarding e-Learning
Students share their thoughts about e-Learning - what's good, what's not, and what will they do when they can go back outside again after COVID-19 and the Stay at Home Order. Timely, informative, up to date information from North Shore School District 112.
April 23, 2020
Student Voices Regarding E-Learning in District 112
After the first week of teacher-directed e-learning, we asked our students what they liked, what they did not like, and what advice would they offer to the teachers and administrators. Tune in for a quick, 10 minute check-in with our students regarding e-learning.
April 11, 2020
Four Priorities - Preparing for Remote Learning During COVID-19 Closure - #112Leads
During the COVID-19 driven school closures, we have four priorities guiding our work: Our four priorities in this evolving pandemic crisis: Priority one - feed our families and children Priority two - account for the extended safety, health, and welfare of our 4500 students and staff Priority three - communicate clearly Priority four - e-Learning As part of the Governor’s order, he announced that all schools in Illinois will remain closed, with a new tentative reopening date of April 8. On March 12, I ordered all schools in North Shore School District 112 closed until further notice, with a possible reopening date of April 14, this is still our tentative plan. We recognize that this development of the stay at home order may raise questions about the impact on students, staff, and families as well as the school’s vital role of providing meals to students and families while schools are closed. Thanks to the outstanding work of the Moraine Township Food Pantry (and countless volunteers) our children will be fed this week during spring break. District 112 foodservice partner Organic Life will resume meal preparation and distribution operations on 3/30/2020. In this podcast episode, we review what we're doing with respect to preparation, communication, and transition to Remote Learning (priority 4).
March 27, 2020
Snapshots of Success in District 112
In North Shore School District 112, we are proud to report that our present is bright and our future will be brighter! We use various metrics to measure and gauge our success. For reference, check an earlier blog post: Measurement of Success – Blog Post In today’s podcast, we're sharing information also reported in the Superintendent's Blog, at: http://mikelubelfeld.edublogs.org/2020/01/23/snapshots-of-success-in-district-112-112leads/ where data from two slide presentations and a few extra slides that highlight some recent and current success in the District are shown. The first presentation below was shared with the District’s PTO President’s Council (PTO refers to the Parent Teacher Organization). This is the formal leadership group representing the parents in the District’s 10 schools. In this report, the results of the Family Engagement Survey reveal significant growth in the areas of the school (& District) satisfaction/pride / and perception of our services. Our Future is NOW! in District 112. Inspire...Innovate...Engage
January 23, 2020
Speech on Student Voice at International Conference
In this episode, I am sharing a speech that I presented at the K-12 Global Education Research Association's 5th annual conference in Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China. I wrote about this experience on my blog: http://mikelubelfeld.edublogs.org/ Joining educational leaders from across the United States, China, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Italy, Russia, Costa Rica, Finland, Singapore, & Canada, I represented North Shore School District 112 at the Fifth Annual Conference of Global K-12 Education Research Association in Shijiazhuang, Hebei, China. Through my leadership roles within the education community, including training aspiring superintendents, teaching at the graduate education level, presenting at conferences, and authoring books & journal articles, I am informed about conferences & symposia on global education issues. I learned about this particular educational conference from the (AASA) American Association of School Administrators (AASA). Together with superintendents and educational leaders from the nations mentioned above, and leaders from the following states in the USA: IL, MA, IA, CT, VA, AZ, OH, MD, VA, & WI, I was invited to present a speech to an audience of local (Chinese) educators, administrators, & local civic officials. Many of us presented speeches and shared presentations with one another and our Chinese hosts and local educators. This year’s conference topic was Cultivating Student Leadership Skills. This topic is near and dear to me as I recently co-wrote the book Student Voice: From Invisible to Invaluable (2018 Rowman & Littlefield) with fellow Illinois superintendents Nick Polyak and PJ Caposey.
October 16, 2019
Teaching & Learning - Journey in #112Leads
On October 1, 2019, at the Committee of the Whole Meeting, the Teaching and Learning Department, Dr. Lubelfeld, and Ms. Eleni Speron of ECRA Group presented to the Board of Education and the Community. This presentation provided an update on the efforts of the Teaching and Learning Department over the last two years, with respect to our shared goals of improving achievement in all student groups in North Shore School District 112. In this episode of Lighthouse 112, Dr. Lubelfeld shares excerpts from the Board presentation as highlights of the District's journey in teaching & learning. In 2017-2018, the new Teaching and Learning team came on board and began their work in North Shore School District 112. Aggregate student performance in the District showed a lack of overall growth, with multiple student groups significantly underperforming. At the end of October 2019, the state of IL will publish current proficiency results, and our preliminary data review indicates that 55% of students met or exceeded standards in English language arts and 52% met or exceeded standards in mathematics. Even though we have begun a positive trajectory towards improving academic outcomes for all students, there is still much work to be done.
October 07, 2019
Meet Red Oak Administrative Team
Today we’re interviewing Mrs. Nicole Bellini and Mrs. Jennifer Convey. Mrs. Bellini and Mrs. Convey are at the helm of the Red Oak School, one of our two Kindergarten through 5th-grade dual language two-way immersion learning academies. In this episode, we’re going to learn more about Nickie and Jen, Red Oak School, and administration in District 112 in general.
October 02, 2019
Focused Leadership in District 112 - Vision - #112Leads - The Big 3
This school year we have many important initiatives on the horizon that present exciting opportunities and challenges. These big three areas of focus will represent our district’s “WHY” for the year ahead. Learn more about each at www.nssd112.org/BigThree. In this podcast, we're sharing more information about the Big 3 in D112! The Big Three Focus areas for 2019-2020 Portrait of a Graduate - We “begin with the end in mind” and continue our The Modern Learning Committee’s work on a Portrait of a District 112 Graduate. The Vision for the Modern Learning Committee is to recommend actions for District 112 regarding the integration of technology, professional development, and the skills needed to ensure students are successful. The initiatives that result from the work of the committee are intended to serve as guideposts for all district operations. Developing the Profile of a District 112 Graduate was the major focus during the first four meetings of the committee. The profile characteristics for graduates in District 112 are - Mastery of Grade Level Performance Expectations, Self-directed Learner, Continuous Curiosity, Find and Evaluate Information, Learning and Innovation Skills, Open-minded to Other Perspectives, Positive and Active Citizens. See full descriptions of each of these characteristics. Closing Achievement Gaps - Student Learning for ALL (special report to the Board on October 1). We are so proud of the impact and initial success of the teaching and learning reforms implemented over the past three years across the District. The department has also been very busy over the past summer working with teachers from across the District to develop curriculum and guides to prepare for the 2019-2020 school year. This included the development of vocabulary to accompany the units of study in middle school language arts; collaboration between Spanish and French teachers for implementation of the new world language resources; work to prioritize Illinois Learning Standards for implementation of the new social studies curriculum resources; Middle School math teachers worked on unit planning and attended the Math Learning Center Leadership Institute; teachers collaborated to develop Music curriculum for grades K-8 curriculum scope and sequence and pacing; and many other areas of professional development and curricular planning. Facilities Upgrades & Modernization - Continuing the Northwood project and finalizing plans for the Edgewood Middle School modernization as well as ongoing upkeep of all school facilities. This also includes a transition of Northwood students and staff to Northwood Jr. High at Elm Place. Preliminary planning is also underway for a transition of Edgewood students in 2021. Visit www.nssd112.org/LRPConstruction for information regarding the Middle School Modernization Projects.
September 11, 2019
Superintendent Welcome Back to All Staff 2019
The back to school ritual meeting is a time for all staff to reunite, gather as a whole, and get charged up for a great new school year! In this episode, I'm sharing my welcome back speech delivered to our 500+ staff at the Welcome Back Institute Day! Discussing our "why", our "how" and our "what" as I map out the vision for the coming year, with a cool intro from "K-DAWG" - a DJ from the past.
August 15, 2019
AASA Digital Consortium - Student Experiences - Bio Tech - Wilson County, TN (Nashville area)
One of the professional groups to which I belong and have a leadership role is the American Association of School Administrators (AASA). The AASA offers leadership support to superintendents and school district leaders around the USA and in Canada. One of the leadership development cohorts in which I have participated and for which I serve as the national co-director, is the Digital Consortium. The July 2019 visit was to the Nashville, TN area of Wilson County. There we toured a brand new middle school (state of the art), we met with the leaders of the Chamber of Commerce, and we interacted with teachers and students. In this podcast we're meeting with high school seniors and we're discussing their Bio-Tech coursework and pathways and the impact that this innovative programming has had on them and their futures. The purpose of the AASA Digital Consortium is to support school district administrators as they scale successful models in support of engaging, effective learning experiences using digital media in order to be the leading national voice for digital innovation in our nation’s public schools. Focus Areas: Experience innovation in schools, technology, and industry partnerships Engage/observe best practice in digital leadership Reinforce purpose and outcomes for the Digital Consortium Advance AASA’s goal to reinforce equity for all students Essential Questions: How do your programs prepare students to be successful in their local and/or global economy? How can technology pair with the concept of personalized learning to change teaching and learning in our schools? How can opportunities to innovate for both children and adults strengthen the local economy?
July 30, 2019
7th Grade Student Impact Projects
In our District student voice matters! Listen to 7th grade students share their topics for independently chosen research topics that can impact their community. Student voice, student impact — this is what we’re all about in District 112. Inspire...Innovate...Engage
June 12, 2019
Student Voice on the Modern Learning Committee
In this episode of Lighthouse 112, I asked student committee members about their experiences on the North Shore School District 112 Modern Learning Committee. Earlier this year the District formed a Modern Learning Committee , the purpose of this committee is to guide and inform the decision-making process of District 112 regarding the integration of technology to leverage learning for all students, ensuring that graduates of North Shore School District 112 develop the skills and knowledge in order to be college, life, and career ready. The Vision for the Modern Learning Committee is to inform and recommend actions and decisions for District 112 regarding the integration of technology and professional development. The Portrait of a 112 Graduate will be unveiled on August 6, 2019, at the Board of Education Meeting.
May 30, 2019
Best Practice Awards for Green Bay and Red Oak
The Eighteenth Annual APS Best Practice Initiatives showcases outstanding school and community programs and the educators demonstrating leadership and creativity in promoting the inclusion of all learners. This year we're thrilled that the APS at NSSED honors two District 112 schools and programs as Best Practice programs. We celebrate innovation in learning, advocacy, partnership, recreation and social integration. Best Practice Awards recognize outstanding school and community initiatives that bring together students of all abilities to learn, play, create or socialize. The NSSED Association of Parents & Staff (APS) honored The Outdoor Classroom at Green Bay School and Inclusion in the Round Red Oak School. This podcast episode shares the audio presentations from Green Bay and Red Oak.
May 29, 2019
District 112 WE DAY Illinois
In this episode of Lighthouse 112, hear the voices of students, principals, teachers, and community activist leaders of WE Day. District 112 has hundreds of students in more than half of the schools participate in WE schools. We are proud of our focus on social justice inspired student leadership and service learning.
May 08, 2019
Proyecto Ciudadano - Project Citizen in Spanish and English
Civics education in North Shore School District 112 takes many forms. This year the long-standing Project Citizen programming was brought from Elm Place to Edgewood and Northwood. This year's first ever Spanish language public policy review took place this year! In this podcast we're sharing civics education coming to life from Northwood Jr. High School's 6th grade social studies engagement in authentic public policy review and inquiry in both English and Spanish!
April 30, 2019
Innovation Learning - Information about the new Before and After School Care for the District
In 2019-20, North Shore School District 112 will offer before care starting at 6:00am and after care ending at 6:00pm at all seven of the District's K-5 elementary schools! In this episode, Dr. Lubelfeld spends some time with Brett and Dixie of Innovation Learning discussing questions posed by members of the PTO (parent teacher organization) president's council at a recent meeting. Learn about registration, the parent advisory committee, and more!
April 23, 2019
Civics education in action — excerpts from 6th grade social studies at Edgewood Middle School
For more than 20 years North Shore School District 112 middle School students have participated in the Center for Civic Education Project Citizen program. In this episode listen to student presentations and reflections in a simulated legislative hearing on proposed public policy. From their website: “Project Citizen is an interdisciplinary curricular program for middle, secondary, and post-secondary students, youth organizations, and adult groups that promotes competent and responsible participation in local and state government. The program helps participants learn how to monitor and influence public policy. In the process, they develop support for democratic values and principles, tolerance, and feelings of political efficacy.”
April 06, 2019
An Interview with District 112 Chief Financial Officer Chris Wildman
In this episode of Lighthouse 112, District 112 Chief Financial Officer Chris Wildman shares a bit about his personal story and the operations of the District. Chris shares what he is most proud of this year and what he's working on for next year. Chris also shares some awards and recognitions that his leadership has yielded in the proud stewardship of the DIstrict finances and operations. Finally, Chris shares how he stays current and at the front edge of leadership in school finance.
March 29, 2019
Interview with Edgewood Middle School Principal & Associate Principal
Get to know the principal and associate principal at Edgewood Middle School in Highland Park, IL. Why did they enter administration? What is going on at their school? What are some cool events and transitions that are planned? Listen to the interview and find out!
March 11, 2019
Get to know Oak Terrace School
The superintendent of schools sits down with the leaders at Oak Terrace elementary school in Highwood Illinois. Get to know more about the principals as people, in what they believe, and why their school is so special and wonderful. Take a few minutes and get to know what a dual language school is all about.
March 01, 2019
Long-Range Plan Update February 2019
In this episode Dr. Lubelfeld and Nicholas Glenn discuss the Long-Range planning process in North Shore School District 112. Discussion includes process, input, student voice, and next steps. The Future starts NOW! Inspire...Innovate...Engage
February 21, 2019
Lindsey Rose - Director for Language Programs, North Shore School District 112
Join us for an interview with Lindsey Rose the director for language programs. Learn about her deep rooted family history in Highland Park. Learn about her expertise in bilingual and biliteracy education; and learn about the dual language two way immersion Spanish English program in District 112!
January 23, 2019
Student Engagement - Middle School Design
As part of our engagement process we asked students at Northwood Jr. High School what they would like to see in their new middle school (current 6th grade students will likely graduate from the new Northwood). 7th and 8th grade students, while not personally or directly benefiting from the new school were asked for legacy insights. What would they like to share from their middle school experiences. These are live, unscripted interview segments with Q & A with the superintendent, students, and the District architect. In NSSD112 we take student voice from invisible to invaluable!
January 18, 2019
Conversation with Assistant Superintendent Kevin Ryan - Teaching and Learning in North Shore SD 112
Today we are interviewing Dr. Kevin Ryan the assistant superintendent for teaching and learning in North Shore School District 112. Dr. Ryan is at the helm of the key functions of the teaching and learning department. In this episode we’re going to learn more about celebrations in the district, the math and English language arts and Spanish language arts curricular programming, support for teachers and much much more. Dr. Ryan is going to comment on student growth and measures of student learning as well as new initiatives that are upcoming and pending his recommendations to the board of education.
January 04, 2019
In this first episode the superintendent recaps the recently approved long range plan phase 1.
The superintendent of schools reviews and recaps the recently approved long range plan phase 1. He identifies how this podcast will be used in the overall communication plan for the district.
December 28, 2018
December 27, 2018
December 27, 2018