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On April 4, 2017, the voters of Oak Park passed two referenda questions that will enable District 97 to fund projects aimed at advancing our vision of creating a positive learning environment that is equitable, inclusive, and focused on the whole child.  If we are able to achieve this goal, then every child we serve will be:  
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Known, nurtured, and celebrated learners
We want every student in D97 schools to feel safe, a sense of belonging, and be meaningfully engaged in rigorous learning with their unique needs met and their strengths leveraged.

Empowered and passionate scholars
Every student will be inspired to develop their full potential- academic, physical, artistic, and emotional- in order to cultivate high intellectual performance.

Confident and persistent achievers
Every student will have equitable access to universally high academic expectations, meeting or exceeding standards of performance, to prepare for success at the next level.

Creative critical thinkers and global citizens
Every student will be meaningfully engaged in the learning environment and challenged to become a critical thinker, creative solution-seeker, and contributor to the global community.

We know that the choices we make today will impact our district for years to come.  That is why we want to provide the people of Oak Park with an opportunity to offer their feedback and guidance not only on the investments we are currently making, but also the ones we will make going forward.  By doing so, we believe we will be better equipped and prepared to make decisions that will support our steadfast commitment to fiscal stewardship and help shape the future of our students, our schools, and our community. 

Below are several key topics and critical areas that we believe will benefit greatly from your insight.  The information you provide will help the administration create the recommended budget for the 2017-18 school year that will be presented to the Board of Education for review and approval.  

This page will be launched on May 15, 2017 and kept live through May 31, 2017.  As is the case with our existing Let's Talk! page, you will be able to access and weigh in on the topics and areas listed here 24 hours a day, seven days a week from a computer, tablet, or smartphone.  All you need to do is select one of the items to start the conversation. 

Thank you!

Let's Talk! ID: OP0978
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Equitable Access to Rigorous, Responsive Instruction
  • What investments are we currently making that do not align with the "Instruction" priority?
  • What investments do we need to start making in "Instruction?"
Strong Relationships with Families and Community
  • What investments are we currently making that do not align with the "Strong Relationships" priority?
  • What investments do we need to start making in "Strong Relationships?"
Investing in People
  • What investments are we currently making that do not align with the "Investing in People" priority?
  • What investments do we need to start making in "Investing in People?"
Data-Informed Continuous Improvement
  • What investments are we currently making that do not align with the "Data-Informed Improvement" priority?
  • What investments do we need to start making in "Data-Informed Improvement?"