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Teacher brings history alive!

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Great leaders are ‘engineers’ of belief.” – Sue Enquist

In District 109 we have hundreds of engaging and amazing teachers. We are proud of each and every one of our teachers and students and we take great pride in showcasing and sharing and highlighting their engaging work. We make good and frequent use of our District hashtag on Twitter: #Engage109.

At a recent Board of Education meeting one of our teachers, Tom Craig, made a presentation with students about “new school” approaches to an “old school” report. He and his students showed the Board and community how Google Apps for Education and the Chromebooks support Tom’s engaging pedagogy. His students showed how a long standing project of a travel brochure has taken on new life and new meaning with the power of the Internet in their hands and with the relevant tools like spreadsheets that allow them, in the words of one of his students, “to complete ginormous math formulas”. Our Board of Education has been hugely supportive of the Future Ready vision and Future Ready focus and they enjoy learning from teachers and students each month.

As an exemplar teacher, Mr. Tom Craig leads learning for students and staff. Currently Tom teaches fourth grade at Wilmot School and he is one of the trailblazing innovative teachers who leads the way for students and staff alike. Tom has had a knack for technology for many years and he was tinkering and pushing the limits with resources long before the District’s 1:1 conversion this year. In fact, he was one of the 1:1 Innovation Grant Winners in 2013! While his Board presentation showcases and highlights the instructional transformation as a result of our move to a 1:1 transformational learning environment, the video below showcases and highlights Tom’s blending the old with the new.

In DPS109 we are fortunate to lease property to the local historical society. There they have an historic village with original and replica 19th Century housing as well as a one room school house. We take pride in the fact that the public schools have been in business since 1847! The Little Red Schoolhouse is a live, relevant part of the teaching and learning. Annually our fourth grade students and teachers step back in time and re-enact life/schooling/experiential learning in support of the social studies/history/geography units of study.

Tom like his awesome 4th grade teammates from all four elementary schools in the District do a great service for the students and community alike by taking full advantage of this gem of an historic village! Tom brings learning alive every day and he is a great example of a master veteran teacher who uses technology tools to accelerate learning and who also brings history to life through experiential hands on learning. The video below shows an example of our student learning experiences and Tom’s photographic and technology skills are present as well since the video really looks like it was in the past.


Kudos to Tom who represents his colleagues, and all DPS109 teachers who daily Engage, Inspire, Empower and who bring learning to life!

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Michael Lubelfeld, Ed.D. Mike currently serves as the superintendent of schools in the Deerfield, IL Public Schools (District 109).  Mike is married and is the father of two young children. He lives and works in suburban Chicago. Mike attended the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science, with a minor in criminal justice. He holds a Master of Arts in teaching and Educational Specialist in administration and supervision from National-Louis University. Mike earned his Doctor of Education in curriculum and instruction from Loyola University of Chicago, where his published dissertation was on Effective Instruction in Middle School Social Studies. Mike has had a variety of experiences as an educational professional. He began his educational career as an elementary and middle school teacher, prior to assuming roles of associate principal and principal at the middle school level, and as an assistant superintendent for personnel services (PK-8). He is also on the adjunct faculty at National Louis University in the Department of Educational Leadership. He can be found on Twitter at @mikelubelfeld and he is the co-moderator of #suptchat - the superintendent educational chat on Twitter.
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