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A letter from William (Bill) Dussling

President, Board of Education

On behalf of the Board of Education, welcome to High School District 214!

As a longtime community member and parent of three Buffalo Grove High School graduates, I am honored to serve again as President of the Board of Education. During 22 years of serving on the Board of Education, I have witnessed the dedication of District 214 educators and their commitment to helping students discover their futures.

I have watched with pride the work of educators whose approach is always evolving because they know that we are preparing students for a dynamic world of work, in which conditions are constantly shifting. 

This is why we consult with and seek guidance from community partners to refine and update our Career Pathways programs, through which our students have logged more than 2 million internship hours with 1,000 community partners. In a single year, students completed more than 47,000 early college credit hours. 

This commitment to improving the way we prepare students is also why we are - again in collaboration with community partners - expanding apprenticeship opportunities, adding a dimension of paid work for students as part of an already robust array of work-based learning opportunities. These are the ways in which students explore careers, gain a better understanding of the rigor of college and develop soft skills needed to thrive in the workforce.

The Career Pathways program now encompasses nearly 40 Career Pathways built around 16 nationally recognized Career Clusters, giving students the opportunity to explore careers from aviation maintenance to architecture to entrepreneurship to business management and health sciences before high school graduation.

Our educators are intentional in creating these real-world opportunities and have helped change the national dialogue on public education. In fact, our District helped launch Redefining Ready! in partnership with AASA, The School Superintendents Association, to redefine how students are considered college, career and life ready. 

Redefining Ready! is a research-based, multi-metric approach to readiness that considers factors like success in advanced placement and dual credit classes; attendance; and participation in co-curricular activities.

Our success in greatly increasing the number of students enrolled in dual credit courses has become a key equity tool and has opened the door for hundreds of District 214 students to prepare for the rigor of postsecondary education while also reducing the cost of their higher education.

On the subject of equity, I am honored to be part of a District that is investing more time and new resources and prioritizing the goal of equity for all students. District 214 is fully committed to and engaged in anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusionary practices and initiatives. This means creating - through ongoing professional development and Districtwide focus - a culture and school climate that supports every student and staff member.

All six of our comprehensive high schools have repeatedly earned recognition as some of the state and nation’s best from U.S. News & World Report, and every school has been designated a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

We do an extraordinary job of offering extracurricular activities that help prepare students for success in ways beyond even our innovative classrooms and work-based learning experiences. Our superb fine and performing arts and athletic programs are often credited by District 214 graduates with providing opportunities and life lessons that serve them well long after their high school graduation.

In addition, our commitment to and connection with the community we serve is unsurpassed. 

The District 214 Education Foundation, which supports innovation, student success and lifelong learning for students, pivoted in the face of COVID-19 and launched 214Cares -- to provide basic needs relief to students and families affected by the pandemic. More than $110,000 has been raised and approximately 400 families have received support for utility bills, rent payments, food and more. 

Our community education program is among the largest high school community education programs in the nation, having served the community in a myriad of ways since 1947. It currently offers hundreds of enrichment classes and programs for children and adults throughout the year.

The D214 Adult Education and Family Literacy program includes English as a second language, Illinois High School Equivalency test preparation in English and Spanish, U.S. citizenship preparation, basic reading and math, career pathways programs in manufacturing and health careers, and one-to-one reading tutoring for beginning adult readers. All classes are free.

Our Board of Education is immensely proud of this District and all those who help to ensure we continue our established tradition of excellence. District 214 is a destination district because of our employees, students, parents, business and community partners, alumni and retirees. We welcome you to our District and invite you to see all the ways we prepare students for success.  

Sincerely,

William (Bill) Dussling

President
Board of Education

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