• Student Election Judge Opportunity
    September 21, 2020

    Election judges are responsible for the proper and lawful conduct of the election and ensure that every person qualified to vote is permitted to vote, and that every person permitted to vote is qualified to vote. Election judges arrive at their assigned Election Day voting site no later than 5:15 a.m. and remain until all closing tasks are completed after the polls close at 7 p.m. There are no partial or half-day work options.

    Students age 16 as of November 3, 2020 are eligible to serve if they meet certain criteria. If you are interested please check with your local election office to learn more.

    Lake County Clerk: Student Election Judges
    Cook County Clerk: High School Student Election Judges
    Chicago Board of Elections Commissioners: Student Judges of Election

    Highland Park Chamber of Commerce to host State of Education

    February 26, 2020

    The Highland Park Chamber of Commerce is hosting a community-wide event focusing on the state of education in our community, particularly Highland Park and Highwood. Dr. Michael Lubelfeld, Superintendent - North Shore School District 112; Dr. Bruce Law, Superintendent - Township High School District 113; and Dr. Kurt Schneider, Superintendent - Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED) will address the current and future health of each of the school districts.

    The quality of education and educational services are critical to the quality of life in a community, including property values and the business community. “Just as there is a relationship between real estate values and schools, there is a relationship between the vibrancy of a community and its economic and social well-being,” says District 113 Superintendent Dr. Bruce Law. “District 113 values its role in the success of the Highland Park community.”

    In Illinois, a state with the largest net loss of students K-12 in the past decade, it’s imperative for local business and local education leaders to partner on creating sustaining communities. In the past decade, Texas gained more than 600,000 school children and Illinois lost 105,000 (National Center for Education Statistics).
    “A strong community is built and sustained where there is a neutral understanding of partnership between various government agencies and the business community. As a public school superintendent, I am looking forward to engaging with our local Chamber of Commerce and community members as we discuss the state of education,” says District 112 Superintendent Dr. Michael Lubelfeld.

    When it comes to supporting Illinoisans, there are many ways in which the state has excelled, but there is significant room for improvement. Only 7% of those with intellectual disabilities are working in paid integrated employment, compared to a national average of 20% (caseforinclusion.org), and is one of the many reasons the state consistently ranks 40th or lower nationally in most disability related categories (State of the State in Developmental Disabilities), and why the disability community is ultimately the most segregated. To address this, NSSED Superintendent Dr. Kurt Schneider says, “We are partnering with our 18 member districts on our strategic plan with a vision to be a national leader and highly valued partner with a courageous commitment to inclusive communities that equally value all people and inspire them to be active participants in our world."

    “By putting our convening powers to use, we can bring our leaders, businesses, and community members together for a conversation about one of the most important issues in our community – educating our children,” says Virginia Glasner, Chamber President & CEO. “For business owners, there will be an opportunity to learn how you or your business can engage with the schools,” she added.

    The program will be held Thursday, March 12, 8:30-10:30am at The Art Center, 1957 Sheridan Road.

    Seating for this event is limited; RSVP’s are required at chamberhp.com or 847-432-0284. Attendance is complimentary.
    The program is graciously sponsored by Real Deb Realty, First Bank of Highland Park, theCoderSchool, Ravinia Festival, Academic Approach, and Gilbert Orthodontics.

    About the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce:
    The Highland Park Chamber of Commerce purpose: To help build a stronger, more prosperous community. As an economic driver, the Chamber is a catalyst for business growth, a convener of leaders, and a champion for a stronger community. We do this by assisting businesses with gaining exposure, advancing their collective interests, creating partnership opportunities, and staying knowledgeable about issues and challenges affecting their business.  For more information, visit chamberhp.com.

    New Article by Kurt A. Schneider and Suzanne B. Sands:
    Board Leadership on Inclusive Practices, Equity and Access for All
    January 17, 2020

    Notification regarding Related Service Logs as Student Records 
    September 17, 2019
    Students with disabilities may receive related services as part of their individual education programs (IEPs). The school district will maintain related service logs that record the type and number of minutes of related service(s) administered to such students.  These service logs are considered part of a student’s temporary school record. Copies of the related service logs will be available to parents/guardians at their child’s annual review IEP meeting and anytime upon request of the child’s parent or guardian. 

    AIMSweb Data Information
    August 22, 2019
    We have been notified by one of the cooperative’s education technology vendors, Pearson Clinical Assessment, about its AIMSweb 1.0 platform. You may be familiar with AIMSweb, as it is one of the student assessment tools our cooperative has used to measure student growth. AIMSweb is a popular assessment tool that is used by many school districts, including several here in northern Illinois.

    The recent notice from Pearson indicated that its AIMSweb 1.0 platform experienced a data breach in or around November 2018. Pearson has investigated the breach and informed the cooperative that a very limited amount of student information, specifically names, dates of birth, and in one instance, an email address, were accessed by the unauthorized party. However, no grades, test information, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, or other financial information were accessed. This breach occurred on Pearson’s servers, not the cooperative’s servers, and we understand that all of Pearson’s AIMSweb 1.0 users were affected, not just NSSED. 

    Pearson is offering free credit monitoring services from Experian in response to this breach. For more information, please contact Pearson by phone at 866-883-3309 or by email at aimsweb1request@pearson.com. Please know that the safety and security of your students - and data about them - is a top priority for NSSED. If we can be of any service in connecting you with Pearson or answering any questions about this incident, please contact Mary Morgan Ryan, Chief Technology, Communication and Data Services Official, at mmorganryan@nssed.org.