ILASCD Journal

Winter 2016

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A Message of Gratitude to our Teachers The sincere words of gratitude of a parent validate the passion and commitment educators at Kipling Elementary School bring to work every day. The email is evidence that our teachers change students' lives by inspiring, empowering and engaging them in the classroom, on the playground, and beyond. Teacher leaders, administrators—educators everywhere—save and re-read precious letters like these as a reminder of why our work is important, and the impact we have on families and children every day. Kipling Elementary School, in Deerfield Public Schools District 109, is honored to have won the IL ASCD Whole Child Award this year in the category of student engagement. In an effort to pay that honor forward, I am sharing the habits we live by in hopes that it might inspire you to continue to be change agents for your students and families. This article also is a tribute to the amazing teachers and staff at Kipling. Habits that Lead to Change Kipling Elementary School is a Leader in Me school; in our transformation, we have thoroughly adopted and built into our culture "The Seven Habits." We are proud of the environment we have created and the impact and change we are leading in educating and engaging our students. Kipling Elementary School: Engaged "Words cannot express how grateful I am to be at a school filled with educators who believe in the power of their work and its ability to help reach the potential of each and every student." ~ Excerpt from an email from a Kipling Elementary School parent Whole Child Award Winners: Svetlana Sutic WINTER 2016 | VOLUME 62 | NUMBER 4 | PAGE 27

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