Teaching & Learning

Philosophy of Differentiation

  • A key component to implementing the Illinois Learning Standards is adopting a teaching philosophy of differentiation. 

    Priority Initiatives for Teaching and Learning

    • Focus on Standards/Essential Understandings: Align with Illinois Learning Standards.
    • Focus on Formative Assessment: Align with the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) accountability system with an emphasis on formative assessment.
    • Focus on Data-Driven Decision Making: Ongoing analysis of data for instructional planning.
    • Focus on Shared, Systemic, Strategic, Sustainable, Evidence-Based Strategies: Address both the adaptive challenges and technical procedures for change.

Guiding Principles for Academic Goals in Learning

    • The child is at the heart of all decisions.
    • High expectations for growth for all students guide the learning process.
    • Curriculum is designed so clear, consistent, rigorous standards exist about what all students should know, understand, and be able to do across grades and disciplines.
    • 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative thinking are integrated within the curriculum.
    • Local and state assessments are aligned with their purpose and use, and students are provided with ongoing feedback about their progress and are involved in self-assessment and goal setting.
    • All students are provided with equal educational opportunities. District 2 will provide an educational climate and culture free of bias concerning the protected classifications identified in Policy 7:10, Equal Educational Opportunities.