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Board of Education Honors Proviso West Student, Staff

January 17, 2014 02:00 PM
The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education honored a Proviso West High School student, two teachers, and a staff member for their performance and service at its monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 14, at Proviso West High School.

Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, recognized the following students, faculty, and staff from Proviso West:
  • Denzel Tolliver, a senior, was recognized for outstanding athletic achievement for his verbal commitment to attend Northern Illinois University in DeKalb on a football scholarship.
  • Mr. Luther Curtis, building security supervisor, was recognized for his service to District 209.
  • Mrs. Lindsey Coppola, an English teacher, and Mr. Francis Lattyak, a science teacher, were recognized for excellence in instruction for their efforts to improve instruction through implementation of the flipped classroom model.
IMG_8569_A_-_300_pixels"These are four individuals who are making a difference," Mr. Hawthorne said.

The Board also heard presentations from Mrs. Echols, the District’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and Dr. Gary Fields, a consultant who is working with the District on professional development. Dr. Fields outlined practices for effective instruction, including inspiring learners, teaching literacy skills, engaging students with rigorous curriculum, encouraging higher order thinking skills, and using effective questions and discussion strategies.

IMG_8572_A_-_300_pixelsMr. Hawthorne also presented Proviso West’s school improvement plan. He said that the school has seen gains in terms in improvements in school climate and a 34 percent increase in the number of students taking honors courses. He said part of the reason for the change is continued focus on improving infrastructure, instruction, the social and emotional well-being of the student through programs such as Torch Mentoring, and new curriculum.

Mr. Brian Cross, vice president of the Board, said that he was impressed with what he and the rest of the Board have heard from the principals of District 209’s schools during the last few months.

"We want to make sure that Proviso West, Proviso East, and (Proviso Math and Science Academy) are great schools," Mr. Cross said.

The Board also heard a presentation on the "flipped classroom model" by Mrs. Coppola and Mr. Lattyak. The two teachers have incorporated the model, which has students view lectures by the teachers online outside of class and work on projects and additional materials during class time, in their English 3 and physics classes, respectively. They said that the approximately 200 students who are in classes with the model have responded well to the online components and increased attention during class time.

"We’re able to do more student engagement," Mr. Lattyak said. "They’re not sitting around waiting for the next formula or lesson."

Mrs. Coppola and Mr. Lattyak will be presenting about the flipped classroom model to teachers at Proviso West later this month and at the Illinois Computing Educators Conference in February in St. Charles.


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