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updated: 11/26/2013 8:38 PM

Two Kaneland teams honored at American Society for Quality Education Conference

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Dr. Jeff Schuler

Over last weekend, two teams from Kaneland Schools were honored at the American Society for Quality Education Conference in Milwaukee, Wis.

As a part of their annual conference, ASQ recognizes teams of educators who have worked together to advance an idea that improves the quality of education for students. Each of the teams was recognized for their superior team work, innovative ideas and for the impact on student learning.

Our team of middle school educators including Bryan Zwemke, Britt Mattern, and Marci Lapinskas were honored with a Finalist Level Award for their project called "Preparing Students for the Middle School Transition."

The presentation focused on celebrating the success of the middle school transition including presenting the process used to develop a comprehensive transition program including fifth graders visiting the middle school, Step-Up Night, and the Jump Start Program. The middle school transition centered on receiving feedback from students, parents, 5th and 6th grade teachers, and K-8 Administration to develop a path for students and parents to enter the middle school prepared academically and socially. Congratulations to this team on a job well done.

Our elementary team of Sarah Mumm, Kelly DeGaetano, Shelley Hueber, Laura Garland, and Martne McCoy were honored with the Merit Level for their project called "Hiring the Right Teachers."

They presented a session on unique hiring processes using the panel interview techniques at the Quality Education Conference. The team shared their knowledge of the panel interview process as well as the impact on student achievement. The team was also awarded the National Merit Level Team Excellence Award.

The district is proud of the team for sharing the unique interview process that has brought so many excellent educators to Kaneland. We are excited to see this level of innovation and dedication to attracting and hiring the most qualified personnel to meet the needs of our students. Congratulations to the K-5 Administrative Team on this grand accomplishment.

These honors are the result of the hard work that our teachers and administrators do each day to help our students learn and grow. Congratulations and thank you to our staff for all you do to serve the students of Kaneland District 302.