CCSD 89 Teaching and Learning Department
The role of the Community Consolidated School District 89 Teaching and Learning Department is to work with all CCSD 89 staff to provide a supportive, engaging and rigorous academic environment for all students.
The CCSD89 Teaching and Learning Department is grounded in the principle mission that CCSD 89 will empower all learners to recognize and optimize his/her full potential. In order to achieve this goal, the CCSD 89 Teaching and Learning Department focuses on several Critical Strategies for Action from the CCSD 89 Strategic Plan:
- We will implement shared units of instruction that are aligned to the learning standards and promote critical thinking skills including critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity that will lead to analytical thinking and problem solving.
- We will establish a learning environment that encourages risk and fosters a growth mindset, through the integration of social-emotional learning standards in order to promote social and cultural awareness, responsible decision making, relationship skills, self-awareness, and self-management.
- We will differentiate instruction to meet the needs of every student and close achievement gaps by increasing rigor and challenge for all.
- We will set goals using clear measures with targets and use data to monitor and communicate progress in a timely way to allow for actionable feedback: student, classroom, team/department, school and district.
- We will continuously evaluate and seek to implement leading technology in order to provide engaged learning and teaching.
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The Teaching and Learning Department is led by Dr. Jill Kingsfield
Dr. Jill Kingsfield is an experienced administrator with a background in raising achievement levels for all students.
Kingsfield began her education career teaching Spanish at Lake Park High School. She then worked as dean of students at the high school from 1999 to 2004. For the next 13 years, she served as assistant principal, then Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Fenton High School.
As Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Fenton, Kingsfield worked to identify underrepresented students who were qualified for Advanced Placement courses. After facilitating a series of challenging, data-driven conversations about equity, Kingsfield helped increase the number of students enrolling in AP classes by 48 percent and the number of students from underrepresented groups by 58 percent. Fenton was named the nation’s Advanced Placement District of the Year.
In 2017, Kingsfield was named superintendent at Argo School District 217. As superintendent, she helped increase social-emotional supports for students by adding social workers and school psychologists, and bringing in professional development regarding adverse childhood experiences and trauma-informed practices.
“My true passion is working alongside teachers, supporting them to become their best selves in education because that is what every student deserves,” Kingsfield said. “My approach is that I am a learner first.”
Kingsfield has a bachelor’s degree in Spanish education from the University of Kansas. She earned master’s degrees in curriculum and instruction as well as administration from National Louis University. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership from National Louis University.
Kingsfield lives in Brookfield with her family, including one daughter.