UPDATED: Distinguished Teacher Awards nominations now closed

Sponsored by the NEW 200 Foundation, the 2014 Distinguished Teacher Awards recognize outstanding teachers at Community Unit School District 200 schools. Awards are given to one teacher per school year for each level (preschool/elementary, middle and high school). Nominations may be made by any CUSD 200 student, parent, alum, staff, or community member. The deadline for nominations is Friday, March 21, 2014.

UPDATE: Nominations are now closed. With nearly 100 nominations, our award committee will definitely be busy in the next few weeks. Thanks to all those who made a nomination!

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Join us for our next meeting

Join us for our next NEW 200 Foundation board meeting, set for Tuesday, February 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the district’s SSC Building, 130 W Park Ave, Wheaton.

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2013 Year-End Report

This has been a successful year for the NEW 200 Foundation, the education support foundation for all District 200 Wheaton-Warrenville schools. Here is a look back at a few highlights:

  • Received a $6,000 grant from Boeing’s Global Corporate Citizenship program to fund a training program for District 200 teachers. The program focused on advanced methods for incorporating science and technology into classrooms.
  • Awarded five grants to District 200 teachers totaling $2,500 to support classroom reading, science and technology projects and materials. Schools/programs that received grants this year include:

    Bower: Purchase of LEGO Simple Machines packet to provide materials for devising and analyzing simple physics problems ($637.95)
    Emerson: Purchase of five iPod Touch with apps for use in educational therapy and engagement improvement ($498.00)
    Franklin: Purchase of iPad for use in familiarizing low income and ELL students with available technology and using app to improve English language ability and comprehension ($424.00)
    Longfellow: Purchase of textbooks and literature for Let’s Practice! An At-Home Reading Program ($499.00)
    Lowell: Purchase of fiction and nonfiction materials suitable for multiple reading levels to provide increased language arts options for students at all levels ($495.30)

  • Sponsored the annual Distinguished Teacher Awards, which were presented at the April school board meeting to Deanna Bero (Lincoln), Heidi Galassi (Edison), and Jon Nowortya (Wheaton North).
  • Raised money for CUSD 200 schools by partnering with area restaurants Suzette’s Creperie, Ivy Restaurant, and Genghis Grill for “dine out” days.
  • Launched a new online donation portal and developed a new logo for the foundation.

While this has been a great year, we hope to do even more in 2014 with your support. We will continue to offer grants that go directly to classrooms for materials like robotics kits, audio-visual technology, and tablet computers.

Your support is essential in keeping the NEW 200 Foundation a viable resource for innovative District 200 teachers. Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to the NEW 200 Foundation today.

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CUSD200 hopes to expand online classroom presence by next year

Community Unit School District 200 is in talks with four other local school districts to create and share digital resources and courses, starting as early as next year, MySuburbanLife.com reports:

“With all of the digital learning tools that are available, we need to seize those opportunities not only to expand the different types of classes that we could offer but also to be able to differentiate instruction and provide more effective instruction during our regular school day,” [Faith Dahlquist, the district's assistant superintendent of educational services] said.

The digital classrooms would be “blended,” she said. There would not be a full “digital experience” where students simply watch online videos. Instead, courses could include chatrooms across districts, outside reading links and more.

Despite a heavier reliance on technology, Dahlquist said that the initiative will be about meeting learning goals and giving students more opportunities, not replacing teachers. She said there would still be “face-to-face time with a human teacher.”

Dahlquist said that one model could involve a teacher from one district leading a digital classroom during or outside school hours with students from several districts. The teacher then would meet with the students personally on a less frequent basis.

Such a model could allow schools to provide classes that would otherwise lack the student interest to warrant a full classroom, including certain AP classes or foreign languages such as Mandarin. It could also provide additional learning opportunities for students who need extra practice with coursework.

Read more at MySuburbanLife.com

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Support NEW 200 Today

Get involved, and support technology and innovation in District 200 classrooms by making a one-time or recurring monthly donation to the NEW 200 Foundation online.

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