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Focus 205 December 5th Meeting Rescheduled to February 1, 2017

Focus 205’s Community Engagement Session #6, which was originally scheduled for Monday, December 5, will be rescheduled to Wednesday, February 1, 2017, beginning at 7 PM in the York High School Commons. The Focus 205 Facilitating Team recently
made the decision to reschedule because, not only is it a busy holiday season, District 205 has yet to process the results of our
recent Focus 205/Thoughtexchange survey, which will be an important factor in shaping the next meeting’s presentation. Please
visit www.focus205.org for complete information on the Focus 205 process.

Many thanks to the 1,321 participants who assigned over 118,123 stars in the Thoughtexchange survey's second Star step.
There were 615 participants who shared 2,417 thoughts in the first Share step. In total, nearly 1,600 participants shared
thoughts, assigned stars or did both – a fantastic result! A report regarding those results will be shared at the January 10 
Board of Education meeting.

 

Foundation Funds Pilot Future Ready Learning Spaces in Three Schools

The District 205 Foundation for Educational Excellence unanimously approved to provide $50,000 to help fund the Future Ready Model Classroom project, a pilot program that will create three future ready classrooms at the K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 grade levels. The Foundation will use proceeds earned throughout the year to help fund the project, which began this summer and should be completed in late fall of 2016.

Foundation Chair Brian Bresnahan explains, “Our mission states that we are dedicated to innovations in education. Helping to move the District further along the spectrum of Future Ready Learning is definitely something we want to be involved with. I think the community will see the value in it and support us.”

Schools selected for project are Fischer (Dawin Strelow/ Kindergarten), Lincoln (Cecilia Dunn/third grade) and Bryan Middle School (Erin Fox/6th grade). In the spring of 2016, all three teachers, along with principals Jane Bailey (Fischer) and Jacquie Discipio (Bryan), as well as Mr. Bresnahan and Foundation Executive Director Lisa Fanelli, participated in Future Ready Model Classroom workshops, led by Wight and Company, the District’s architects. “You could feel the excitement in the room as teachers and administrators collaborated on a vision for the future that would permanently impact the classroom experience on a daily basis,” said Mrs. Fanelli.

Architectural firm Wight & Company was hired by the District as part of a process to develop a long-range Facility Master Plan. Wight has completed a facility study that resulted in an educational alignment guide. Findings and recommendations from this guide will be used to move forward. According to Wight, ready schools must be “agile” and accommodate small group collaboration, learning commons, hubs for social learning, tech-infused spaces, STEM and maker spaces, as well as addressing safety and security considerations, health and comfort, fitness/wellness and outdoor learning.

“The fact that we received multiple Thiems Grant applications requesting new types of seating options, desks and other furnishings, is evidence that teachers want their classrooms to evolve in order to meet current needs,” said Geri Sorrentino, Foundation Programs Chair and District REACH teacher at Hawthorne Elementary School.

These model classrooms will allow people to go beyond imagining what future ready learning environments could be and will actually make the vision come to life in these spaces. Both the Board of Education and Superintendent Moyer have expressed gratitude to the Foundation Board for their support in this project.

“These classrooms will assist with future planning to ensure that, one day, all District 205 students will be afforded the opportunity to learn in an environment that promotes engagement, rigor, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication and citizenship in the global information age,” commented Superintendent Dr. David Moyer.

October 24th Focus Group Results Now Posted at www.focus205.org

On Monday, October 24, Focus 205 focus group meetings
were held at each of our three middle schools - Bryan,
Churchville and Sandburg - from 7 to 8:30 PM. A presentation given by Wight & Company was followed by small group work which was facilitated by District 205 principals and other administrators. In total, 120 people participated. The focus
group overall summary, along with verbatim documents from
each school site, may be found here.

This feedback, along with data from the recent Thoughtexchange survey, will help shape the Focus 205 Community Engagement Session #6 on February 1, where various scenarios will be discussed. Please plan to join us and continue the conversation!

Model Classroom Project (continued)

Following the completion of these model classrooms, the plan is
to gather feedback from participating teachers and students to develop a recommendation toward a District standard for
furniture, finishes and integrating classroom technology, as part
of a visionary Facility Master Plan. These model classrooms will
test and inform that process.

"We are thrilled with the Foundation's support for Future Ready learning in the District. We could not be more appreciative and
are excited for the potential that this project has to begin to
shape future decisions about how we utilize space to support learning and teaching," noted Superintendent Dr. David Moyer.

This project is another example of supporting innovation and positioning the District for the future. The Foundation has
funded and supported numerous pilots over the years, most of which have later been adopted to benefit teachers and students.

Detailed information the classrooms, as well as the opportunity
to make a donation supporting the project, can be found on the District 205 Foundation website:  www.elmhurst205.org/futurereadyclass

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To view a video from the Bryan MS Model Classroom, click here.

​​​​​​​To view a video from the Fischer School Model Classroom, click here.