About Educational Services

  • The Educational Services Department lead four key areas:

    • Student Academic Interventions
    • Gifted and Grade Acceleration Programming
    • Student Mental Health, Behavior Support, and Well Being
    • Community Schools and Afterschool Programming
    • Student Data and Information Management

    Student Academic Interventions

    Educational Services uses a three tiered system of support model to provide academic support to students. In this model, students receive support matched to their needs. Most students’ needs are met in the first tier which consists of responsive and rigorous schoolwide instruction. Students have their academics screened at least twice each school year to identify children that may need a boost in one or more academic areas. This boost is our second tier and is provided in small student groups that meet several times a week for about 30 to 40 minutes per session. Students that need more than a short boost can participate in our third tier of support. These supports are intensive, become more individualized, and are provided by a specifically-trained school staff member.

    Gifted and Grade Acceleration Programming

    Students with advanced learning needs are served in a three-tiered system of support. Most students have their advanced needs met by their teacher using the District’s rigorous curriculum, individualizing work projects, and strategically grouping students for small group classroom work. Students with skills that are too advanced for this level of support participate in our Accelerated Math Program. This program is provided to top performing math students and instructs students with materials that are one grade level higher than the student’s current grade. Students with more profound advanced learning needs are selected for the District’s self-contained gifted program. Gifted program classrooms are housed at 5 schools, serve only students identified by the District as gifted, and target students in grades 3 to 6. In grades 7 and 8, advanced math courses and accelerated English/Language Arts classes are available.

    Student Mental Health and Behavioral Support

    The comprehensive system of support for student social, emotional, and behavioral services is provided in all District 15 buildings. These practices are led by the Department of District Improvement and Data and are supported by cross-departmental efforts. The main features include the training and use of social and emotional learning curriculum, school-based positive behavior support for students, bully prevention and response procedures, and restorative and trauma informed practices. Tiered intervention offerings are provided to support student needs. 

Contact Us

  • Tom Edgar

    Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services
    Thomas Edgar, Ph.D. 
    Phone: 847-963-3106
    E-mail: edgart@ccsd15.net

    Senior Executive Assistant
    Vanessa Caro
    Phone: 847-963-3114
    E-mail: carov@ccsd15.net

    Director of Comprehensive Mental Health and Related Services
    Laura Swanlund, Ph.D.
    Phone: 847-963-3147
    E-mail: swanlunl@ccsd15.net

    Secretary, Related Services
    Kim Skarstein
    Phone: 847-963-3000
    E-mail: skarstk1@ccsd15.net

    Director of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
    Rachel Bland, Ed.D.
    Phone: 847-963-3000
    E-mail: blandr@ccsd15.net

    Multi-Tiered System of Support Learning Coordinator
    Anetta Peebles
    Phone: 847-963-3047
    E-mail: peeblesa@ccsd15.net

    Trauma Informed Learning Coordinator
    Meghan Meyer, Ed.D.
    Phone: 847-963-3035
    E-mail: meyerm@ccsd15.net

    Afterschool and Community Schools Programming Coordinator
    Bart Bates
    Phone: 847-963-3127
    E-mail: batesb1@ccsd15.net

    Manager, Data Services
    Tim Woomert
    Phone: 847-963-3055
    E-mail: woomertt@ccsd15.net

    Application Specialist
    Bridget Byrnes
    Phone: 847-963-3056
    E-mail: byrnesb@ccsd15.net

    Application Specialist
    Bonnie MacEachern
    Phone: 847-963-3057
    E-mail: maceachb@ccsd15.net

    Programmer
    Lucy Gazda
    Phone: 847-963-3054
    E-mail: gazdal@ccsd15.net