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Dyslexia Panel Discussion – Thurs. April 14

Evanston CASE (Citizens for Appropriate Special Education) will be hosting a program onDyslexia at the Evanston Public Library.  Special Ed legal counsel and a developmental psychologist will join Cari Levin, CASE Executive Director and social worker for a panel discussion about diagnosis, interventions, and how to advocate for your child.
Dyslexia Panel Discussion
Thursday, April 14, 2016
7:00 – 8:30pm
Evanston Public Library – Main Community Meeting Room
No registration required, however if you have questions please feel free to contact Katie Smith

Pedro Noguera: Excellence Through Equity – Mon. March 14

FAN- NogueraPEDRO NOGUERA, Ph.D.: Excellence Through Equity
Monday, March 14, 2016 at 6:30 PM,
Evanston Township High School Auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL 60201.

One of the most impassioned, wise voices in the American education landscape is Pedro Noguera, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences at UCLA. He is also the Director of the Center for the Study of School Transformation, also at UCLA. His research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional and global contexts.

For this talk, Dr. Noguera will offer a new paradigm for “excellence through equity,” one grounded in the interaction and application of three areas of research: child development, neuroscience, and environmental influences. He will distinguish between equality and equity, and lay out an argument for the essential ingredients for school improvement, including an overview of the clear guidance that students must be provided in order to succeed. Dr. Noguera will also discuss how to align discipline practices to educational goals.

Dr. Noguera serves on the boards of numerous national and local organizations and appears as a regular commentator on educational issues on CNN, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and other national news outlets. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA he served as a tenured professor and holder of endowed chairs at New York University (2003-15) Harvard University (2000-03) and the University of California, Berkeley (1990-2000). He is the author of twelve books and over 200 articles and monographs, many of them challenging us to examine issues of race and educational equity with compassion and wisdom.

District 65 Kindergarten Registration Dates

March 1  12pm-7pm  Incoming Dawes, Oakton, and Walker students.
 March 2  12pm-7pm  Incoming Kingsley, Lincolnwood, Orrington, and Willard students.
 March 3  12pm-7pm  Incoming Dewey, Lincoln, and Washington students.
 March 4  7am-11am  Make-up day for all schools.

 Additional information available here

District 202 Board Goal Setting Workshop

On February 27, 2016, the Evanston Township High School District 202 Board of Education will hold a day-long workshop at ETHS, room N112 from 8:00am-3:00pm, as part of the goals revision process that was launched in the fall 2015. The workshop will welcome input regarding the District goals.

The workshop is a public meeting that will be facilitated by a representative from the Illinois Association of School Boards and will be built around a structured, yet informal, day of collaborating, listening and learning among school board members and representatives from the school and the community at large. Using the feedback from the meeting, the board will revise a system-wide set of goals.

This is a public meeting.  There will also be invited participants in the workshop to assure broad-based school and community representation.

Refreshments will be served.

For more information about the District 202 Goals, visit the ETHS website:

For a description of the workshop and agenda, see this article in the Evanston Roundtable

Sen. Cory Booker – Fri. Feb. 26

WHO: U.S. Senator Cory Booker, junior senator from New Jersey and author, United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good
WHAT: “United: An Evening with Cory Booker”
WHEN: Friday, February 26, 7:30 PM. NOTE the later-than-usual start time!
WHERE: Evanston Township High School Auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL, 60201

Navigating Real Life Diversity – Thurs. Feb. 18

Join the PTA Council’s Winter kick-off of Navigating Real Life Diversity
The American Dream is for all who work hard…or is it?
Facilitated by Noor Ali & ETHS Students from SOAR (Students Organized Against Racism)
Thursday, February 18, 6:30-8:30pm
ETHS, 1600 Dodge Ave, Room E112
Free child care and Spanish translation provided.
Adults are welcome at this session of the 2015-2016 Parent Education series,
Becoming Allies: Inspiring Our Kids to Understand and Stand With Each Other
As we encourage messages to children like “you can do anything with hard work”, how are we also conscious of the significant challenges facing marginalized identities?  Join us as we explore the “American Dream” in an interactive and fun session.  During this session we hope to challenge stereotypes of marginalized identities, as well as shed light on the unequal playing field in our society. Come to discuss methods and share suggestions for change with our community!

Nav RL Diversity Winter Session English

The End of Education, The Future of Learning – Weds. Feb. 17

Wednesday, February 17, 2016, The End of Education, The Future of Learning, 7:00 PM, Evanston Township High School Auditorium, 1600 Dodge Ave., Evanston, 60201. 

We live at a moment in history when the world is dramatically changing. Learning is no longer about getting the right answers. It is about asking the right questions. Educating is no longer about efficiency and expediency. It is about wandering and discovering.

In what ways do the structures and aims of education need to shift? Which of our previous practices and programs must we retain to anchor us in the work ahead? And which habits and hallowed traditions will we need to relinquish so that something transformative can have the space, naturally and with urgent patience, to come into being?

FAN convenes an all-star panel of adventurists, provocateurs, advocates, and futurists for a conversation about the intersection of design, learning, wonder, and curiosity. Panelists include WONDER, By Design founding partners Christian Long, Ed.M. and Trung Le, AIA and new partner Sam ChaltainJaime Casap, Google’s Chief Education EvangelistLiz Gerber, Ph.D., faculty founder of Design for America, Associate Professor of Design at Northwestern University, and FAN Advisory Council member; Michael KoskoCareer and Technical Education Coordinator at Al Raby School for Community and Environment in Chicago; and Nichole Pinkard, Ph.D., founder of Digital Youth Network and Associate Professor in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University.


D65 Community Conversations

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Washington School Resource Fair – Feb. 9 & 10

We are hosting a resource fair at Washington Elementary during Parent-Teacher conferences on the evenings of Tuesday, February 9th, and Wednesday, February 10th from 4-7 p.m.

The goal of the resource fair is to share information about a wide variety of resources, enrichment opportunities, and summer programs  available to Evanston families. In addition to browsing the book tables, learn about enriching summer opportunities for your child in the Evanston/North Shore community. Talk to representatives and bring home materials that detail the myriad of activities in recreational, therapeutic and academic programs.

Some of the confirmed attendees so far include Asociación de Familias Hispanas de Washington, Robert Crown, YWCA, YMCA, YOU, Evanston Substance Abuse Council, D65 Family Center, D65 JEH Education Center, Ridgeville Park District, Evanston Art Center, Childcare Network of Evanston, Center for Talent Development, and many more.

Spanish translation will be provided.

PARCC Information Session – Weds. Feb. 3

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State of the Schools – Thurs. Jan. 28

Evanston/Skokie School District 65 and Evanston Township High School District 202 look forward to hosting the second annual “State of the Schools” event on Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Evanston Township High School.

We hope you can join us for this community-wide event to discuss the state of the public schools in Evanston and Skokie. Superintendents Paul Goren (District 65) and Eric Witherspoon (District 202) will share their visions on how the Evanston/Skokie public schools can prepare all students for future success.
Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. with a welcome reception in the Michael Cafeteria. The State of the Schools address will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. The program will end with a Q&A session. Spanish interpretation will be available during the evening.
All those in attendance will have the opportunity to submit a question on the evening of the event. As a reminder, questions can be submitted online in advance via Poll Everywhere: . Not all questions submitted can be read during the State of the Schools event. Questions submitted via Poll Everywhere must be received by 5:00pm two days before the event. You do not need to log in or register with Poll Everywhere to submit a question, unless you would like to provide your contact information.
Those who are unable to attend the event can watch live on the ETHS Ustream channel beginning at 7:00 p.m.: evanston-township-high-school.
Join in the State of the Schools event conversation by using the #EvanstonSchools hashtag. For more information, visit Page/719.

Kindergarten Information Nights 2016-2017 School Year

Kindergarten Information Nights 2016 – 2017 School Year

Learn about the kindergarten experience in District 65! Enrollment in kindergarten is the start of an exciting new adventure for children and their parents! Teachers and staff members will share information about the kindergarten experience and provide details on the registration and magnet program/school application process. Representatives from District 65 departments will also be on-hand to share information about nutrition services, health requirements, the school age childcare program, and more! There will be plenty of time for questions.

January 14 (All Schools) – Session will be presented in Spanish!

January 19 (Dawes, Oakton, Walker)

January 20 (Kingsley, Lincolnwood, Orrington, Willard)

January 21 (Dewey, Lincoln, Washington)

All information nights will be held at the Joseph E. Hill Education Center (1500 McDaniel Avenue, Evanston) from 6-8 PM.

Spanish translation will be provided at all Kindergarten Information Nights.

Limited childcare is available for all information nights. To reserve, please call (847) 859-8065.

Pathways to AP Forum – Weds. Dec. 9

Current ETHS Freshman, Sophomores and Juniors as well as 7 and 8 grade students and their parents or guardians are encouraged to attend to learn more about the Advanced Placement (AP) program at ETHS onWednesday, December 9 at 6:30pm.
Learn about pathways to AP courses, college & career planning and the supports that are in place to ensure success in AP courses from current AP students, school leaders and college admission representative, Anne
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Pope John Open House – Weds. Nov. 18


Private School Open Houses

Thursday, November 12

Saint Athanasius
Open House, 7-8:30pm
2510 Ashland Ave., Evanston, IL 60201 | (847) 864-2650

Saturday, November 14

Baker Demonstration School
Family Open House 2-4 p.m.
201 Sheridan Rd., Wilmette, IL 60091 | (847) 425-5800
Please contact the Admissions Office (email) to RSVP or learn more.

Beacon Academy
Admissions Open House 1:00-4:00PM
622 Davis St., Evanston, IL 60201 | (224) 999-1177
Register online or call the admissions office

Incoming Freshman Info Night – Thurs. Nov. 12

Evanston Township High School invites prospective eighth grade students and their families to attend Incoming Freshman Information Night (IFIN). Information Night is designed for “Future Wildkits” to gather information and to learn more about the high school and the transition process.

Prospective students and their families will receive a brief overview of ETHS and the freshman transition calendar of important events, and have the opportunity to attend several targeted breakout sessions and activities:

  • Freshman curriculum
  • Private, parochial and home school transition
  • Mini-tours of the high school
  • Parent conversations
  • Student connections
  • Spanish-language resources hosted by the ETHS Latino Liaison
  • “Wildkit Welcome” meet & greet with the ETHS principal, administrators, and staff to ask questions or learn more about the high school experience

This event is open to all prospective District 65, private/parochial, or home school 8th grade students and their families. No pre-registration is required.

Admissions Events at Roycemore

Admissions Events for Prospective Families

Visiting campus and getting a feel for the school’s personality and culture is an important part of the search process. There are several ways you can come in to see Roycemore. Children and other family members are always welcome!

At our Fall Open House, hear from school leadership in large and small group settings, tour the building, meet teachers, parents and students, see demonstrations of some school activities and more. An RSVP is requested – please click here to complete an RSVP form and tell us more about your family.

Fall 2015 Admissions Open House:
Sunday, November 1 from 1-3 p.m.

Or come have coffee in an informal setting, tour the building, meet teachers, administrators, parents and students, and observe classes in session during one of our Admissions Mornings. Registration by filling out an RSVP form is helpful but walk-ins are fine.

Admissions Mornings:
Tuesday, September 29, 8:30-10a.m.
Tuesday, December 8, 8:30-10a.m.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016, 8:30-10a.m.
Tuesday, March 8, 8:30-10a.m.
Tuesday, April 26, 8:30-10a.m.

Navigating Real Life Diversity – Weds. Oct. 14

Navigating Real Life Diversity: Becoming Allies
Inspiring our kids to understand and stand with each other.

Seeing Each Other in the Stories We Tell

Storytelling is a powerful way we can explore topics like race, ability, and gender.

Join us for a night of compelling stories told by professional and parent storytellers.

Wed, Oct 14, 2015
Family Focus, 2010 Dewey Avenue

Child care and Spanish translation provided

Last year over 400 people joined in the journey of navigating diversity and helping our kids do the same. This year we will build on that foundation, working towards a toolbox for becoming allies for and with others in this 4 part series.

Sponsored by the PTA Council of Evanston/Skokie in partnership with the Evanston/Skokie School District 65, Evanston Public Library, Youth and Opportunity United (Y.O.U.), Family Focus, YWCA Evanston/North Shore, and the James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy.

Meet the D65 Leadership Team – Weds. Sept. 30

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Hosted by District 65 and the PTA Council 

Join us for a meet-and-greet and get to know members of Superintendent Goren’s leadership team. Team members will share information about their roles, responsibilities, and tips for a great school year! There will be time for questions and visiting at the end of the session. Childcare will be provided. To reserve, please send an email to

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Joseph E. Hill Education Center
1500 McDaniel Avenue, Evanston
7-8:30 p.m.

School Supply Kits for Families in Need – Aug. 14 & 15

School Supplies