Did you know that Sandburg School was visited last week by the United States Department of Education? It was very exciting to have guests from Washington DC visit Sandburg! Our school was chosen for a visit because of our strong work in Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports or PBIS. At Sandburg, this includes the work we do with the children around our three “respects” (Respect yourself. Respect others. Respect property). It includes the work we do with teaching kindness and social-emotional skills. Finally, it includes the work Sandburg does around creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for all students and families.
Laurie VanderPloeg, the director of the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), at the U.S. Department of Education spent the morning with us. Other guests included Barb Moore, director of special education services for the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE); Candice Trees from Congressman Rodney Davis' office; District 186 school board members: Judith Johnson, Scott McFarland, Micah Miller, and Bill Ringer; as well as District 186 superintendent Jennifer Gill; District 186 staff Meg Thurman, Jill Grove, Kelly Sholtis, Arwah Franklin, Michael Edwards, Nalo Mitchell and Bree Hankins.
In addition to a tour of the school with a focus on Sandburg's PBIS work, guests participated in a roundtable discussion with school leadership as well as a Q and A roundtable with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade representatives. It was a very exciting day. We were proud to share Sandburg’s success story with our guests. Click here to check out the photo gallery on our website!