Community Engages in Education

The community is continuing to engage in the interests of Naperville School District 203.
With hopes of bettering the education of more than 18,000 children, more than 100 people showed up for “Future Focus: Community Engagement Initiative.”

The meeting was the second of five in the series where community members are invited to provide input and asked, “What is your definition of success?”

Attendees were broken up into small groups to create a top ten list of factors that indicate student success. Then, participants wrote a belief statement in a form of a tweet.

At the end of the night, the groups each made three recommendations of how District 203 should access and report student success.

Jeff Van Harlingen, a 7th grade teacher at Madison Junior High School, came out as an educator and a parent. “I think college and career readiness is absolutely key and that doesn’t necessarily mean a four year college. There are lots of trade schools and opportunities for students to be successful outside of college, but also that social emotional piece to become yourself and be confident. Be happy with what you’re doing and contribute to society.”

The next community engagement session will take place on May 15th, and the topic is “ Do our programs of study prepare students for success?” You can register to attend at Future Focus at


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