ICE Webinars for Members

An educational professional, Jeff Pesek currently serves as the board of education president for J. Sterling Morton High School District 201, where he was an integral part in the establishment of the Morton Alumni Association, an updated alumni directory. Jeff Pesek has also presented at conferences for organizations such as Illinois Computing Educators (ICE).

ICE’s professional development committee offers educators a variety of hour-long webinars on the organization’s website. Known as the Wednesday Webinar Series, the educational courses are free for ICE members, who can also access webinars from previous years in the website’s archives.

Past webinars include Free Ed Tech Resources to Enhance Your Current Practice from education expert Anne Kasa and How to Impact Literacy in the Classroom with Storybird from instructional coach Megan Ryder. Integrated technology teacher Eric Hansen hosted a webinar about Google Classroom and how teachers can incorporate the app into their classroom activities. Other teachers include Vinnie Vrotny, the Kinkaid School’s director of technology, and Sue Gorman, an innovative learning consultant who teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

Long-Term Support Initiatives at the Wounded Warrior Project

A longtime supporter of education, Jeffry Pesek currently serves as Board President with the JS Morton High School District 201. Outside of this work, he supports the efforts of the Wounded Warrior Project. Thanks to the contributions of Jeff Pesek and fellow donors, the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) sponsors a broad range of long-term support initiatives for injured veteran returning home from combat.

The WWP Independence Program works primarily with veterans who have sustained moderate to severe neurological injuries, surrounding them with a full support team and developing highly customized treatment plans. Thanks to the Independence Program, many warriors have regained the ability to volunteer, advance their educations, and participate in social activities.

In the same vein, the WWP Long-Term Support Trust provides services such as transportation, home care, and life skill training to warriors who lose their caregivers. An advisory panel oversees all resource distribution requests and looks after all supplemental services and entitled benefits.

To learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project, visit the official website at WoundedWarriorProject.org.

The Effect of Differentiated Instruction on Teachers and Students

As president of the Board of Education for the JS Morton High School District 201, Jeff Pesek has implemented a number of pedagogical training and classroom management initiatives. As creator of the Professional Development Academy, Jeff Pesek has made it possible for district teachers to train in differentiated instruction.

At its core, differentiated instruction means giving every student the best possible chance of success. Each student begins the learning process with his or her own background, mind-set, and abilities. Differentiated instruction allows teachers to provide a variety of options and techniques for learning, enabling each student to access the curriculum in a way that works for him or her.

Differentiating instruction does not require the teacher to create separate lesson plans or curricula for all students, but it does involve significant learning environment preparation. The teacher must determine students’ interests and learning styles to present relevant materials. Teachers can then examine the current curriculum to assess which elements can be broadened to include different methods of delivery.

These delivery methods students include materials, themed projects, and inquiry-based activities that target struggling, advanced, and median learners, though they do not take the shape of separate assignments for outliers. Instead, a differentiated lesson has a variety of activities happening at a given time. Students may work alone or in groups. They may choose their activity or accept an assignment to a particular task, all of which the teacher presents as varied rather than leveled options.

Water Safety Tips from the American Red Cross

A resident of Cook County in Illinois, Jeff Pesek currently serves as the president of the board of education for JS Morton District 201. Under his leadership, the school district successfully balanced its budget and restructured its schools. Outside of work, Jeff Pesek actively supports his local chapter of the American Red Cross (ARC).

With chapters across the United States and abroad, the American Red Cross provides important health and safety training, including CPR, babysitting, and lifeguard training. To ensure a safe, healthy summer, the ARC recommends a number of precautions around pools and bodies of water. First, parents should make sure that their pool is secured with childproof barriers such as a fence or gate. Children should never be left unattended near water, and inexperienced swimmers should wear flotation devices near water.

In homes with pools, children should be taught safety rules and behaviors. Whenever possible, children should enroll in age-appropriate water orientation and swimming courses from the Red Cross.

Red Cross Societies Continue Relief Efforts in Nepal

Jeff Pesek guides the policies of four Chicago-area high schools as president of the J. Sterling Morton High School District 201 Board of Education. In addition to his activities as school board president, Jeff Pesek supports the work of aid organizations such as the Red Cross.

The Red Cross has been hard at work recently assisting the people of Nepal following a deadly earthquake that shook the country on April 25, 2015. The 7.8-magnitude quake and its accompanying aftershocks caused thousands of deaths and injuries and left families throughout the country without shelter and other basic necessities.

In the days immediately following the disaster, Red Cross Societies from around the world rushed into Nepal to support the efforts of first responders and to distribute tarpaulins and relief kits containing clothing, mosquito nets, kitchen items, and personal hygiene supplies. For its part, the American Red Cross has committed an initial $1 million for the relief efforts in Nepal and has sent eight disaster specialists to the country, where they are currently working to coordinate recovery planning, set up cash transfer programs, and provide information management support, among other things.

For more about the Red Cross’ activities in Nepal, or to help the people affected by the earthquake, visit http://www.redcross.com.

The United Way Experiences a Growing Rate of Volunteerism

An elected Illinois-based policy maker, Jeff Pesek focuses on supporting education. In his free time, Jeff Pesek engages with several nonprofits, including the Wounded Warrior Project and the United Way.

A driving force for nonprofit and community organizations, volunteerism is essential for carrying out logistics that positively affect local neighborhoods and schools. Unfortunately, as stated in a report released by the United Way in June of 2014, the United States saw a significant decrease in the volunteer rate, which fell from 27.5 percent in 2002, the first year data was collected, to 25.4 percent in 2013, even with a population growth that resulted in a 9 percent increase in actual volunteers.

However, not all goodwill organizations were affected the same way. The United Way during the same time period saw a boost of 23.8 percent in volunteers. The United Way president and chief executive officer, Brian Gallagher, attributes the growing rate to the organization establishing solid partnerships with people and businesses. In addition, he states that the United Way’s focus on education, finance, and health, all of which are necessary for a strong community, contributes to the success of its volunteer programs.

An Overview of the American Red Cross Blood Donation Process

Jeff Pesek currently leads J. Sterling Morton High School District 201 as board of education president. Outside of this role, Jeff Pesek contributes to his community through support of charities such as the Wounded Warriors Project and the American Red Cross.

Every three seconds someone in the world requires a blood transfusion. Many of these individuals are suffering from cancer, and about 20 percent are children. By donating a single pint of blood, a healthy person can save as many as three lives. Thanks to organizations such as the American Red Cross, donating blood is as simple as visiting www.redcross.org and locating the nearest donation center or blood drive.

After a person has met all Red Cross eligibility requirements, he or she can make a donation. Blood is processed and evaluated to ensure that the donation comes from a healthy donor and that the blood has not been contaminated at any point since the donation. All qualifying samples are subsequently labeled and stored at the appropriate temperature until an individual at a nearby hospital requires a transfusion.