Category Archives: Curriculum

Actions that impact energy

Dave Wilms, former Stevenson HS teacher and current energy consultant, visited our 4th grade for the third time this year.  He has been exploring the concepts of energy efficiency, conservation, and the impact on our environment.  What is the difference … Continue reading

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Buddy Benches

We know the importance of a kind and inclusive school culture.  We work hard to “Be Willowbrook!” and ensure that all students feel welcome and included.  Recess and lunch are times of the school day when students may feel left … Continue reading

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Escuela Nueva

What is the future of education?  As we prepare students for the 21st century world of work and collaboration, are we focused on the right things?  Is our curriculum too narrow?  Some lessons on progressive education can be learned from … Continue reading

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Willowbrook School Report

We have so much to be grateful for in District 30.  Our Board of Education supports innovative programming.  The parent community places significant value on education.  Our students are kind and respectful.  Our teachers are passionate and committed.  It’s great … Continue reading

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School Improvement Plan

The Willowbrook School Improvement Plan was shared at this morning’s “Second Cup of Coffee” meeting in the library.  I appreciated the thoughtful questions and valuable feedback from our engaged parents.  There is so much to be thankful for at Willowbrook School … Continue reading

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New World of Work and Survival Skills

I have been reading about change leadership and innovative educational models lately.  One of the books I read is Tony Wagner’s “The Global Achievement Gap”.  Much of his research has focused on the skills our students will need to be … Continue reading

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How have you grown as a reader or writer today?

District 30 teachers engaged in another strong professional development today with consultant and reading education pioneer, Ellin Oliver Keene.  This ongoing relationship with Mrs. Keene is helping us refine our craft and grow our readers and writers workshop. How have … Continue reading

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Outdoor Education

The 5th grade outdoor education trip to Camp Duncan is the first of many end-of-year events at Willowbrook School.  Since we will be saying goodbye to our 5th graders in June, many of these spring events are specific to their grade level. … Continue reading

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Developing Young Mathematicians & Kindergarten

I had the opportunity to attend the IL ASCD Kindergarten Conference this week with the Willowbrook kindergarten teachers, reading specialist and primary learning specialist.  There was a wide variety of sessions on developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood education.  As … Continue reading

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Willowbrook School Report

Why are you proud to be a Wildcat?  How have you grown as a reader this year?  What does kindness look like at Willowbrook? Maple, Wescott, and Willowbrook School provide a “school report” to the Board of Education at various … Continue reading

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