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Energy savings part of Glenbard’s commitment to fiscal responsibility Peg Mannion In 2014, voters authorized Glenbard District 87 to issue $35 million in bonds to help finance critical renovations and repairs to our four high schools and a classroom addition as part of our 10-year, $100 million Master Facility Plan. We will invest an a 2017/11/15 11:45 AM  76K-
Technology transforming everyday life, future Peg Mannion Technological disruptive change is becoming a compelling force in our society. Every public institution and economic sector must accept and embrace the need to be adaptive and flexible to embrace technological advancements as opportunities. The pace of c 2017/10/22 1:28 PM  77K-
Students’ empathy, commitment to service impressive  Peg Mannion I am proud to work in a school district where students, parents, faculty and staff value service to others. Through service, students develop leadership skills and learn the importance of empathy for others. Students also develop problem-solving and teamw 2017/10/21 1:30 PM  14K-
Preparing for the Future of Work  Peg Mannion While our students are enjoying time off from the school year routine, many of our instructors are working in teams developing relevant units of study. While identifying what key concepts, themes and content will be taught, they also are determining the e 2017/8/15 8:30 AM  15K-
Good to see summer learning becoming the norm  Peg Mannion Given that students who attend summer school are poised for greater academic success during the regular school year, it is encouraging to see a growing culture of students taking summer school classes. In Glenbard District 87, nearly 40% of our students  2017/8/15 8:29 AM  15K-
Education not just another commodity Peg Mannion As citizens, we need to be wary and vigilant as we hear U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and Washington continue to champion charter schools and school choice as the cure-all for our challenges in education. While competition and free markets are c 2017/7/14 3:55 PM  16K2017/7/14 3:54 PM
Public schools benefit from richness of diversity  Peg Mannion With the issue of immigration in the national spotlight, it is important to clarify the role of public education, specifically, regarding immigrant and refugee students. First, it’s important to remind ourselves that many of us have an immigrant heri 2017/6/17 12:32 PM  14K-
Be wary of snake oil salesmen in education  Peg Mannion As parents and citizens who value our local public schools, we should be wary of any dangerous and risky school funding policy proposals that may be proposed by our new U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos.  In Michigan, her record of advocating f 2017/4/21 3:38 PM  63K-
Leveraging the Recent Election for Growth and Development  Peg Mannion Despite the polarizing and contentiousness nature of the recent election, our local public schools' faculty and staff members have been diligent and proactive in ensuring our students are learning and growing. These "teachable moments" are not just about  2017/4/17 4:53 PM  12K-
Superintendent: Characteristics of Strong Education Systems  Peg Mannion The appointment of Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos brings attention to the important question of what are the factors or qualities of a high achieving education system? While parent choice, market competition and vouchers are key ideas that Mrs. DeVos 2017/3/14 8:43 AM  13K-
Glenbard emphasizes importance of service to others  Peg Mannion I am very proud to work in a school district where students, parents, faculty and staff value service to others. Through service, students learn they can make a difference with what they do, leading to more confidence and a can-do spirit. Students also de 2017/1/3 8:56 AM  14K2017/1/3 8:54 AM
Challenging courses prepare teens for college, careers  Peg Mannion Equipping and preparing all students for their college and career experience is central to any high school's mission. Along with the student's grade-point average, the No. 1 predictor of success is the student's course load during high school. Studies sh 2016/12/11 4:49 PM  82K-
High School Parenting is Gardening, not Carpentry  Peg Mannion Effective parenting takes courage, wisdom and lots of prayers! This is particularly true for parents of high school students. Instead of thinking of parenting as a list of steps or a formula for producing a smart, happy and successful adult, we need to  2016/10/21 4:17 PM  16K-
Fight the Summer Slide Peg Mannion As students enjoy their summer vacation, it’s important to be aware of the loss in academic skills and knowledge that is inherent with a three-month break from school. Known as the "summer slide," studies show that, on average, students will drop one 2016/8/30 3:57 PM  14K-
Equity in AP to adapt to a changing economy Peg Mannion The erosion of the middle class and the premium our economy places on highly skilled workers has placed a new mandate on public schools. First, schools must design programs that provide access to challenging coursework to all students, not just a select c 2016/7/29 9:33 AM  74K-
Growth Mindset Makes a Difference Peg Mannion A student's intrinsic motivation is what deeply impacts learning. We are discovering from research that a key driver that influences and impacts a student's commitment and work ethic is called a "growth mindset". A growth mindset can be defined as "the 2016/7/1 2:03 PM  18K2016/7/1 1:56 PM
Adults must deliver consistent message opposing underage drinking Peg Mannion Recently, Glenbard parent Doug Petit shared the heartbreaking story of his teenage son's death after attending an underage drinking party in the community. As Doug spoke to parents in the theater at Glenbard North, he said it's interesting that there is  2016/5/19 11:11 AM  17K-
The Value of Rigor in the Classroom Peg Mannion  Rigor is defined as “strictness, severity or harshness;” however, in the educational setting we extend the definition to include "challenging" and "pushed to think critically and flexibly." When we ensure a rigorous learning environment, stu 2016/2/2 11:14 AM  26K2016/2/2 11:06 AM
Watch the screen time  Peg Mannion  While in our school district we are excited about an iPad initiative beginning this fall with all freshmen, we will emphasize the importance of maintaining a healthy life balance when leveraging these powerful tools. We are cognizant of the real 2015/10/5 12:42 PM  34K-
School Funding Reform Act Senate Bill 16  Peg Mannion  Senate Bill 16, which would radically redistribute state funding for education, is under review by the State of Illinois legislature. The bill, as written, would cut the annual revenue that Glenbard Township High School District 87 receives from 2015/10/5 12:40 PM  35K-