Administrators throughout Proviso Township High Schools District 209 have been receiving training in the best methods of administering the District’s literacy program.
On August 27, a group of district administrators attended a training session on administering the Empower 3000 literacy program. Under Empower 3000, now in its third year at Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School, students can read up to 17,000 non-fiction articles online, each adjusted to the student’s current reading level. The program allows students to work on skills such as vocabulary and critical thinking.
Mrs. Kim Echols, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction in District 209, said that administrators and department chairs from the schools received continuous training in how to track the program, including how it is delivered to students and how it is achieving the desired results.
"We want to make sure all leaders are monitoring the program," Mrs. Echols said. "To do that, they have to understand the program."
A report on the progress of the program is scheduled to be made to the District 209 Board of Education later this year, Mrs. Echols said.
The following administrators and department chairs from across District 209 participated in the training:
- Mrs. Kim Echols, District 209 assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction
- Dr. Diane Deckert, District 209 director of assessment and planning
- Ms. Elizabeth Walker, Proviso East assistant principal for educational services
- Dr. Patrice Reiger, Proviso East English department chair
- Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, Proviso West principal
- Ms. Latoya McIntosh, Proviso West assistant principal for student supports
- Mr. Joseph Kosina, Proviso West assistant principal for educational services
- Ms. Beata Wesolowski, Proviso West English department chair