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    The Department of Teaching, Learning & Assessment is responsible for the development, implementation, instructional technology support, and assessment of the district's instructional program. The department's major goal is to provide support to the schools, learning for staff to implement and improve student success. Services of the department include curriculum development, instructional material development and adoptions, instructional strategies, student assessment, staff development, technology applications, and specialized programs. Our schools offer a variety of educational opportunities and support programs for all students. The basic curriculum is aligned to the new Illinois Learning Standards (incorporating the Common Core Standards) and the District 15 Student Performance Targets.

    District 15 is committed to ambitious instruction that is responsive to the needs of our students. Our instructional approach is grounded in a commitment to all students can and will learn as a result of a District 15 education. Our instructional framework is rooted in the following five dimensions of powerful classrooms:

    Instructional Framework

    1. Content: All students work on core content issues in ways that enable them to develop conceptual understandings, develop reasoning and problem solving skills, and use content concepts, tools and methods in relevant contexts. 
    2. Cognitive Demand: All students have opportunities to make their own sense of important ideas, developing deeper understandings, connections, and applications by building on what they know. 
    3. Equitable Access to Content: All students are supported in access to central content and participate actively in the work of the class. Diverse strengths and needs are built on through the use of an extensive repertoire of strategies, resources, and technologies that enable all students to participate meaningfully.  
    4. Agency, Ownership and Identity: All students build productive disciplinary identities through taking advantage of opportunities to engage meaningfully with the discipline and share and refine their developing ideas. 
    5. Formative Assessment: Every student’s learning is continually enhanced by the ongoing strategic and flexible use of techniques and activities that allow students to reveal their emerging understandings and provide opportunities to rethink misunderstandings to build on productive ideas.

    CCSD15 Curriculum Objections

    Parents/guardians have the right to inspect any instructional material used as part of their child's educational curriculum pursuant to School Board policy 7:15, Student and Family Privacy Rights.

    Persons who believe that curriculum, instructional materials, or programs violate rights guaranteed by any law or Board policy should file a complaint using Board policy 2:260, Uniform Grievance Procedure. Persons with all other suggestions or complaints about curriculum, instructional materials, or programs should complete a Curriculum Objection form. A parent/guardian may request that his/her child be exempt from using a particular instructional material or program by completing a Curriculum Objection form

Contact Us

  • Assistant Superintendent of Teaching, Learning, & Assessment
    Lori Lopez, PhD 
    Phone: 847-963-3101
    Email: lopezl@ccsd15.net 

    Director of Curriculum
    Emily McFadden, EdD
    Phone: 847-963-3141
    Email: mcfaddee@ccsd15.net

    Assistant Director of Curriculum
    Literacy & Social Studies
    Megan Preis
    Phone: 847-963-3131
    Email: preism@ccsd15.net

    Assistant Director of Curriculum
    Math & Science
    Tiffany Costa
    Phone: 847-963-3116
    Email: costat@ccsd15.net 

    Assistant Director of Teaching, Learning & Assessment
    Kristen Orlando
    Phone: 847-963-3126
    Email: orlandok@ccsd15.net 

    Instructional Coordinator 
    Julie Crawford
    Phone: 847-963-3117
    Email: crawforj@ccsd15.net

    Instructional Coordinator 
    Brittany Henry
    Phone: 847-963-3133
    Email: henryb@ccsd15.net 

    Principal Coach
    Mike Carmody
    Phone: 847-963-3000
    Email: carmodym@ccsd15.net

    Curriculum Inventory & Distribution Specialist
    Matthew Weston
    Phone: 847-963-3966
    Email: westonm@ccsd15.net   

    Executive Assistant
    Megan Arista
    Phone: 847-963-3111
    Email: aristam@ccsd15.net  

    Cheryl O'Neill
    Phone: 847-963-3121
    Email: oneillc@ccsd15.net

    Danielle Schoiber
    Phone: 847-963-3016
    Email: schoibed@ccsd15.net