Literacy a key component of summer camp organized by Elk Grove students, staff

Literacy a key component of summer camp organized by Elk Grove students, staff

Approximately 96 percent of kids living at the Oasis Mobile Home Park live below the poverty line, and don’t have access to park districts or libraries without paying additional fees. Elk Grove High School teacher Ricky Castro saw the gap in this community’s access to such resources as an opportunity for change and started a weeklong summer camp.

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Prospect UKnights with Newcomer Center: Pen Pals with Purpose

Prospect UKnights with Newcomer Center: Pen Pals with Purpose

Bet it’s hard to tell which students are Knights and which ones are Newcomers?

The year-long learning experience with our students all began in the Fall of 2015. Christie Sylvester, Head Librarian at Prospect High School, approached me about my interest in having my upper-level Spanish students read Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea as part of the Big Read Program

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District 214 staff showcase innovative curriculum to education leaders

District 214 staff showcase innovative curriculum to education leaders

Superintendents and other school leaders from 12 states visited High School District 214 in April to see Redefining Ready! in action.

The national Redefining Ready! initiative supports the idea that students are more than just a standardized test score; it aims to redefine college, career and life readiness by using multiple measures to assess students’ postsecondary potential.

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District 214 educators prepare the next wave of IT security professionals

District 214 educators prepare the next wave of IT security professionals

One of the most in-demand industries – cyber and network security – is having difficulty recruiting and retaining talented workers.

Instead of waiting for colleges and universities to solve the problem, District 214 educators are teaching cyber skills to students now so they can leave our doors with the skills needed to find internships and jobs.

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Student Spotlight: Class helps Buffalo Grove entrepreneur launch and co-run business

Student Spotlight: Class helps Buffalo Grove entrepreneur launch and co-run business

Jackie Molloy took her first entrepreneurship class as a sophomore. Now, the Buffalo Grove High School junior is co-running a startup that is selling its product in stores across Chicago.

Jackie and her classmates created Skunk Aid – a deskunking kit for dogs – in their entrepreneurship course, which is part of a District 214 entrepreneurship program that engages students in all aspects of building a business, from identifying and solving a problem to creating a business model and testing their product in the real world.

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Trip to Italy leads to international career opportunities for students

Trip to Italy leads to international career opportunities for students

Lyn Scolaro, Prospect High School Italian teacher, never imagined that her annual Italian Exchange trip would lead to a District 214 international internship program. But that is exactly what happened!

When the group visited the Redoro Olive Oil Company in Verona, Italy in March, 2016, the owner approached Lyn with a unique and intriguing proposition: What if her students partnered with the company in an educational research and marketing project that would include a $100,000 grant over three years?

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“I am motivated, now more than ever, to pursue this career.”

“I am motivated, now more than ever, to pursue this career.”

Educators from across the country visited with High School District 214 students and staff on March 2 to learn more about the District’s Career Pathways program that provides students with real-world experiences and rigorous academic courses to discover their futures.  

Visitors also heard first-hand from District 214 students with internships coordinated by the District’s Center for Career Discovery. Students discussed how their internships confirmed what they want and do not want to pursue beyond high school.  

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Student Spotlight: Internship helps Wheeling student affirm career choice

Student Spotlight: Internship helps Wheeling student affirm career choice

A summer internship at a physical therapist’s office affirmed Wheeling High School student Hannah DeGraff’s decision to pursue a career in the field.

The internship – coordinated through District 214’s Center for Career Discovery – gave Hannah a better understanding of what physical therapists do every day. It also provided her a behind the scenes look at running a healthcare business, from calling insurance companies to cleaning medical supplies and the importance of taking detailed notes to track patients’ progress.

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