The Department of Learning oversees all curriculum, assessment, instruction and student services across the District as well as professional development plans for teachers that match District goals. We are committed to providing a high quality education to prepare and empower students for success in a dynamic world.
Our responsibilities include:
- Staying abreast of current educational practices
- Evaluating achievement scores and aligning the curriculum to maximize student learning
- Reviewing textbooks and instructional materials for classroom adoption
- Supporting teachers and staff through professional development opportunities
- Supporting teachers and staff through mentoring programs
- Developing a comprehensive assessment plan
- Overseeing district committees related to teaching and learning, such as Title I, Curriculum Development and Assessment Writing
- Overseeing policy and procedures related to student expectations
- Overseeing special student programming, such as Title I, Transitional Bilingual Education and Special Services.
We work closely with teachers and staff to provide a standards-based curriculum that ensures each child has the same essential learning opportunities. We provide an aligned system of common formative and summative assessments for each grade level to guide instruction in a timely fashion and determine whether expected mastery and growth have occurred. We set high expectations for learners and continually collect, monitor and act upon evidence of their achievement progress.
Kathleen Robinson knew she wanted to be a teacher the moment she began working with children in an Early Childhood Education class at Andrew High School. It was her junior year and the preschoolers were so receptive to her lesson plans. Inspired by the gratification she felt as students learned, Mrs. Robinson attended Illinois State University where she pursued a degree in Middle School Education. She went on to obtain her Master’s in Educational Technology from Governors State University and her Principal/Administrative Certification from Aurora University. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Educational Leadership & Policy from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Mrs. Robinson began her teaching career in Lyons School District 103 where she taught elementary-age students in a grade K-8 building. In latter years, she taught math and science to students in grades 6-8. In 1998, she took a job in New Lenox School District 122 and taught fifth grade. She joined the Homer 33C family in 2003 when the District reinstated its Gifted Program. For nearly three years, she served as the district’s Discovery Gifted Coordinator before being named Assistant Principal at Homer Junior High School in 2006 and Principal at Hadley Middle School in 2008. In 2012, Mrs. Robinson was named Assistant Superintendent for Instruction. She lives in Homer Glen with her husband, Trace. All three of her children attended Homer 33C schools.