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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Buffalo Grove focuses on building literacy skills using literacy coaches and lab

Buffalo Grove focuses on building literacy skills using literacy coaches and lab

Buffalo Grove High School this school year redesigned a computer laboratory into a collaborative, flexible space that allows staff to enhance reading, writing and critical thinking skills among students.

The room, called the BGenius Lab, is one way Buffalo Grove is focusing on literacy, a skill needed in high school and beyond. 

Literacy coaches Kate Glass and Jeff Vlk help teachers design literacy lessons and often coteach alongside the curriculum experts or teach the lessons in the lab. The two have connected with every teacher in the building and have seen classes from criminal law to biology to Spanish and world history, among others, stop in to help students in prep, regular, honors and Advanced Placement courses. 

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Student Spotlight: Bringing joy to children in need. One student makes a difference.

Student Spotlight: Bringing joy to children in need. One student makes a difference.

Meet Diana!

Diana is a junior at the Academy at Forest View who enjoys playing soccer and is considering a future career in nursing or cosmetology. Diana has faced some significant challenges in her life but they haven't deterred her. Instead, they have inspired her to advocate for herself and others.

Diana remembers not having many toys as a young girl. From this experience, Diana shared, "I don't like to think of other kids without toys with a frown;  I want to make their holiday magical." After seeing toy drives outside of school, Diana thought "Why don't we do one at our school?"

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How students apply Geometry in and out of the classroom

How students apply Geometry in and out of the classroom

Rolling Meadows High School is now in its second year of offering a Geometry in Construction course, which allows students to transfer math concepts learned in the classroom to a construction setting. 

By combining these two areas, students can visually apply geometry lessons and concepts like the Pythagorean theorem to physical and tangible projects, such as circuit-making and constructing walls, said instructors Dave Wietrzak and Brett Olson.

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ELL Career Academy: Opportunities for all students

ELL Career Academy: Opportunities for all students

Last summer, 40 District 214 students participated in the English Language Learners (ELL) Career Academy, a program that provides resources and opportunities for postsecondary success.

The program, now in its second year, gives current and former ELL students hands-on, relevant learning experiences that may have been unavailable to them in the past.

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#214ready – Preparing Students For Postsecondary Success

#214ready – Preparing Students For Postsecondary Success

On Thursday, Oct. 20, District 214 educators showed how they prepare students to be College, Career and Life Ready using #214ready on Twitter. 

Some examples:

  • Computer programming students at Buffalo Grove High School are coding in Swift for iOS. They're also trouble shooting and developing solutions using industry-level development tools.
  • Spanish language students at Prospect High School use EdPuzzle to transform learning
  • Elk Grove physics students use real-world scenarios, such as football games and field goals, to calculate distance 
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Program Spotlight: Hersey Media Tech

Program Spotlight: Hersey Media Tech

On top of classwork, live sports broadcasting and putting together morning announcements, Hersey’s media tech students in just one year participated in 74 industry experiences, gaining press credentials to cover the Taste of Chicago, the Chicago Flower & Garden Show, Great America’s Fright Night and Lake Shake, a three-day country music festival, among others.

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