Springfield community votes on final District 186 facilities renovation scenarios (foxillinois.com)

Soon, all District 186 schools will see a major makeover. Tuesday, community members cast their final vote for facility renovations to transform Springfield schools. “As a mom and a graduate of the Springfield public schools,” said Superintendent Jennifer Gill. “I want to see the very best schools that we can have for our students.” Wednesday, … Read more Springfield community votes on final District 186 facilities renovation scenarios (foxillinois.com)

District 186′s PARCC performance improves slightly (SJ-R.com)

Springfield Public Schools inched closer, but still has a ways to go to close the gap with other Illinois schools on state testing, newly released data shows. Test scores from the PARCC exam taken by elementary and middle school students for the 2016-17 school year show 26.8 percent of Springfield students met or exceeded state … Read more District 186′s PARCC performance improves slightly (SJ-R.com)

K-5 teachers – earn 30 PD clock hours for free

Illinois Virtual School is offering a free online self-paced Professional Development Course worth 30 PD clock hours. Select your start date and progress at your own pace. You will have two months from your selected start date to complete this course: Illinois Reading First for Grades Kindergarten through 3rd grade Examine ways to help children … Read more K-5 teachers – earn 30 PD clock hours for free

New assessment results show District 186 students close to national average (foxillinois.com, 10/16/17)

There’s a new assessment model Springfield Public Schools are using to track your child’s progress. At Monday night’s District 186 School Board meeting, those results were revealed. The new model is called the NWEA MAP Assessment. It’s new to District 186 this year and officials say they’re pleased with the results already. MAP stands for … Read more New assessment results show District 186 students close to national average (foxillinois.com, 10/16/17)

Agenda announced for ISBE meeting October 18 via video conference (ISBE.net, 10/13/17)

SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) announced the following schedule for its regular business meeting via video conference in Springfield and Chicago on October 18. ISBE will host a public budget hearing in the Board Room in Springfield (100 N. First St.) immediately following the meeting (at approximately noon). Public participation in … Read more Agenda announced for ISBE meeting October 18 via video conference (ISBE.net, 10/13/17)

Illinois Reading Council Book Club: Register by Oct 15

Join educators from all over the state in an online book club! Choose one or two books! Read, reflect on, and respond to The Reading Strategies Book and/or The Writing Strategies Book by Jennifer Serravallo. These seven-week online discussions, beginning October 22, will be your guide to developing skilled readers and writers as you delve … Read more Illinois Reading Council Book Club: Register by Oct 15

Yoga & “Mindfulness” Come To Springfield Public Schools (nprillinois.org, 10/12/17)

A new effort to get kids more active and in touch with their thoughts has come to Springfield’s public school district – in the form of yoga classes. It could also have implications for how students are disciplined in the future. Within the last year, Ashley Krstulovich quit her desk job – she’s embarked on … Read more Yoga & “Mindfulness” Come To Springfield Public Schools (nprillinois.org, 10/12/17)