District 201 Attended 2014 Professional Learning Community Conference

Board of education president and elected official for Illinois’ JS Morton High School District 201, Jeff Pesek provides leadership and policy consultation for the operation of special projects at schools within the district. Jeff Pesek also supports professional learning community (PLC) initiatives and the utilization of PLC models for district improvement. In 2014, District 201 attended the PLC Conference held at the Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois.

PLC’s 2014 conference took place on August 4-6, and served as a forum for educational professionals to network and learn from some of the most knowledgeable individuals in the education field. Events at the conference consisted of various workshops and presentations from keynote speakers that focus on strategies to help schools become high-level learning facilities. Approximately 80 District 201 teachers and administrators attended the conference and received professional insight on valuable education tools and resources. The 2015 conference took place on August 3-5.

The PLC movement strives to support collaborative actions among educators and promotes the importance of ongoing professional development.


Education at J. Sterling Morton High School District 201

School board president Jeff Pesek leads J. Sterling Morton High School District 201. In this role, Jeff Pesek oversaw the restructured operational functions and staff responsibilities to focus on initiatives set forth in the district’s three-year plan. In addition, the board president developed the parameters for the Learning Support System in an effort to better serve students.

Serving Cicero, Illinois schools, the J. Sterling Morton High School District 201 has a vision of integrating comprehensive curriculums that challenge students and prepare them for college. To ensure the school district meets its goals, faculty and staff continuously participate in professional development. Furthermore, each teacher uses student-centered instruction that includes experiential learning strategies to help students extend their education beyond the classroom.

Developing skills, knowledge, and values, experiential learning takes students out of the classroom to explore education in a non-traditional academic setting. Experiential learning can come in many forms, including field trips and internships. The activities are thoughtfully planned and supervised by educators to guarantee each student is excelling in areas of critical analysis, decision making, social and intellectual engagement, and accountability.