Lincoln-Way hosts Realtors, Bankers, Elected Officials
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Over 60 local real estate agents, bankers and elected officials joined Lincoln-Way High School District 210 Superintendent Dr. R. Scott Tingley this week for an update on test scores, learning goals and instruction.

We appreciate you coming here today, Tingley told the group. We focus on the things we have control of; student achievement and good solid instruction by our teachers.

The Board of Education, which hosted Tuesdays informational program at Lincoln-Way East High School in Frankfort, invites local real estate agents, bankers and elected officials in once a year to receive an update on district programs and initiatives.

The purpose of this informational meeting is to give local leaders in the Lincoln-Way communities the most current information about the high school district. When someone is thinking about moving into our school district, the first people they contact are their realtor, banker and local officials, explained Tingley. People looking to move into our district are asking questions about test scores and boundaries. The people in this room are our front line of communication. We want them to have the most current information about Lincoln-Way.

Tingley told the group that District 210s student achievement increased 11% since 2001while the State average decreased 3%. During this time of change, Lincoln-Way boasted the most student achievement growth of any large high school district in Illinois, as measured by the PSAE assessments. It has been a remarkable 14-year run for the students, faculty and the Lincoln-Way community.

Dr. Aimee Feehery, Director of Instruction & Staff Development, spoke to the group about a math curriculum being developed by a district-wide mathematics committee of instructors, led by James Aiu, math teacher at L-W East.

Feehery explained, This new 3-year curriculum aligns well with the Common Core and Illinois State Standards, but most importantly, it will provide the needed balance between our traditional, excellent math instruction and the discovery and inquiry-based learning that students need to thrive in a 21st-century STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning environment.

Tim Reilly, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, informed the community members about the science curriculum that is being revised to meet the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) that are an essential part of STEM thinking.

All Lincoln-Way feeder districts (Frankfort 157C, Summit Hill 161, New Lenox 122, Manhattan 114 and Mokena 159) are coming together to partner with Lincoln-Way science teachers to align a vision for science instruction that will run from grades K-12. We are very excited about these changes, noted Reilly.