Educator wants to make D90 a trailblazer

Moore believes his experience can help district get to the next level

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Deborah Kadin

Contributing reporter

Rich Moore says education is what he's all about. And making District 90 the very best elementary school system in the state is at the heart of why he wants to be a member of the board of education.

"It's the avenue where I'm able to focus my passion and experience in a way that would have positive outcomes for the district and the community," said Moore, a second-generation educator and assistant principal for instruction at Morton West High School. 

D90 does a lot of things really well, and the district has the makings of becoming a real trailblazer. Students are performing at a high level of rigor, there are opportunities to engage in activities that demonstrate the worthwhileness of their education, and coursework and activities are demanding, he said.

One element that makes the district a success and that Moore said he would like to contribute toward is how school leadership and teachers interpret and build curriculum around standards at the heart of Common Core, standards that he favors. 

One way that could help set the district apart from others, he said, is the administration creating a set of expectations and make them uniform throughout the system — from top down. One area is in the use of technology.

He's noticed there are differences between grades, schools and teachers in how effectively they use technology to communicate information to parents. He also suggested that the district should reach out more to parents and find out what they want and how they can help their students succeed. 

"Parents want to help their kids attain or master work at home," Moore said. "There can be a standard for how teachers use their websites as a way for parents to understand what's going on in the classroom during the day." 

Other efforts that could make the district even more effective include doing what students do every day — seeking knowledge. The district, he said, can seek out best practices from other systems and learn what makes them so.   

"Even the trailblazers can look around and see what other districts are doing and seek out the best practices and what are the indicators of that," said Moore, who is interested in looking into the effectiveness of new initiatives such as the use of the iPad throughout Roosevelt Middle School.  

Even improving communication in the community, particularly among people who don't have children in the system, could aid the effort, he said. Moore would like to help make that happen. That, too, can help break down barriers that might exist, he added.

"People want to be involved and many don't know how to. The district needs to be more inviting. Residents need to know what's going on," he said.

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