Read Superintendent David Larson’s community columns here. These essays are published in local newspapers’ editorial/opinion pages.
The effects of the pandemic have had an impact on everyone, none greater than our community’s greatest investment: our students. This past year’s journey has challenged and stretched each developing and maturing adolescent academically, socially and emotionally.
Our talented teachers and staff have been flexible, resourceful and worked tirelessly to address each student’s needs. Yet we know that regardless when the pandemic ends, we will need to provide comprehensive and customized support. A key aspect of this work under way is the development of a robust and authentic free summer school program, funded through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Fund (ESSER II) program. Leveraging the summer months will be critical in normalizing each student’s academic strength, daily routine, personal confidence, as well important peer and adult relationships.
Glenbard’s annual summer school programming, typically attended by 2,400 students, includes credit recovery courses, bridge classes and credit courses to accelerate. Planning for this summer; however, is unique. We anticipate this summer to be our largest summer program ever, with more students enrolling at this link each day.
The following are key aspects that are being integrated into our planning:
Our teachers’ instruction focuses on the six qualities in our Profile of a Graduate that we want each of our graduates to have. These traits include:
The competency Is Self-Empowered states, “Students will employ a growth mindset that includes self-regulation, motivation, and resiliency”. The customized opportunities noted above will enable students to become more self-empowered and supported along the way.
Historically, previous generations have helped shape our great country through periods of hardship and difficulty, including the Great Depression, World War I, World War II, and the Civil Rights Era. I am confident that our amazing students, as we intentionally guide and support them in the coming months, will be our models of resiliency, perseverance and resolve. In addition to learning content, our students have gained critical skills, including communication, collaboration, grit and technology skills. I am confident in their abilities and optimistic about their future.