The Department of Teaching and Learning is a service department for students, staff, parents, and community to access information about teaching and learning in District 44. Annetta Spychalski, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, leads the department team in the areas of curriculum implementation, the curriculum review and adoption process, assessment, school improvement, staff development, continuous improvement, the Professional Development Center as well as the records keeping process.
District 44 Curriculum is designed and developed with teachers, staff, administrators, and parents who serve on content area specific committees. The curriculum is driven by the Common Core State Learning Standards and committee members design the essential learning targets including questions, indicators, suggested activities and materials. Materials utilized have undergone a rigorous adoption process resulting with Board of Education approval.
Curriculum Assessment is part of the best practice of all curricular programs in District 44. Teachers are required to routinely monitor progress and assess students frequently, as a means of gathering critical information necessary for future planning and instruction.
Continuous Improvement in District 44 is a strategic planning process that involves all stakeholders in the work of improvement.
Staff Development in District 44 is our commitment to help all employees stay current around best practice in instruction. Through ongoing and rigorous staff development, we believe our already high-performing staff will continue to meet the challenges of helping all students succeed.