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GTD Ad-Hoc Committee Application
Dr. Carol Kelley is looking for dedicated individuals from the community who are interested in serving in a voluntary capacity on District 97’s GTD (Gifted, Talented and Differentiation) Ad Hoc Committee. Through the work of this committee, the district will seek to advance our vision of creating a positive learning environment for all students that is equitable, inclusive and focused on the whole child. We will also strive to better meet the needs of the more than 6,000 children we serve in order to help them realize their full potential both in and out of the classroom. Below is additional information about this opportunity, including details about the application process and the criteria for selection.

Charge of the GTD Ad Hoc Committee
The members of this committee will be charged with assessing the alignment of the district’s GTD program with our goals and vision. They will also seek to deepen their understanding of instructional practices that are designed to enrich the learning experience for all students. They will then use the results of their assessment and the information they collect on instructional practices to determine what changes, if any, they would recommend making to the district’s program. Those recommendations will be shared with the Board of Education and administration.

Dr. Yvette Jackson will help facilitate the work of this committee in conjunction with the support she is providing on the overall exploration of the district’s current GTD program.

Composition of the Committee
We believe having an equal number of educators and parent/guardians on the GTD Ad Hoc Committee will help ensure that there is an equity of voices, opinions and experiences guiding our work. Below is the composition of the committee.

● Two Board of Education members
● Eight District 97 employees – one from each elementary school representing a diversity of roles and responsibilities
● Eight parents/guardians – one from the attendance area of each elementary school representing a diversity of services offered to our students

Selection Criteria and Service Expectations
Below are the criteria Dr. Kelley will use to select the members of the GTD Ad Hoc Committee, and the service expectations each member must adhere to:

● The panel will represent the diversity (e.g., race, gender, income level, etc.), experience and expertise of our community.

● Applicants must fall into at least one of the following categories:
o Current or future District 97 parent/guardian
o Current District 97 employee

● Applicants must be able to attend each monthly meeting. These meetings are currently scheduled to take place on September 25, October 16, November 20 and December 18 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (location is TBD).

● Applicants must be willing to fully participate in all aspects of the process, and be comfortable working with others in a collaborative team environment.

Timing/Method of Application Process
The call for applications will go out the first day of school (Wednesday, August 23), and the deadline to submit them for consideration will be 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 8.

All applicants will be notified about the results of the selection process the week of September 18.

Email address *
Applicant's Name (First, Last) *
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Agreement to attend and participate in each of the planning sessions. Meeting dates will be September 25, October 16, November 20 and December 18. Meeting times will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. (location is TBD). *
Email address *
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Names of school(s) your child(ren) either currently attends or will attend in the future. *
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Define what "giftedness" means to you. What would it look like in the classroom? *
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Describe your expectations for an "optimal gifted education" for the children of Oak Park. Describe what you believe needs to be offered to make this viable in our schools and community?
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Based upon the criteria for selection, please share a brief description of how you believe you can contribute to the success of the committee and its work. *
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I agree to comply with the criteria and expectations outlined in this application. *
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