Oak Park Elementary District 97 (OP97), is seeking an accomplished, energetic, and equity focused leader to be the district’s next superintendent. The district has eight elementary schools and two middle schools, provides a well-rounded education to nearly 5,800 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, and employs more than 900 outstanding staff members who have amassed an impressive list of accolades including
Sixty-four National Certified Teachers and more than 30 National Board Certified Equivalents (nurses, social workers, physical therapists, speech/language therapists, etc.) with 62 more teachers currently working through the NBCT process.
More than 100 awards from the Illinois State Board of Education in conjunction with its “Those Who Excel” program, which annually honors people who have made significant contributions to the state’s public and nonpublic elementary and secondary schools.
Nearly 20 staff members have either won or been nominated for Golden Apple Awards since 1995.
Earned Gold Circle of Quality in ExceleRate Illinois for our prekindergarten program (PKP);
OP97 is a progressive district that is focused not only on our tradition of excellence but on our future. The district prides itself in offering our students a comprehensive curriculum which includes the fine arts, physical education, and extensive opportunities for every child to succeed. The district is highly inclusive with a continuum of supports for children with academic, physical, social, emotional, and behavioral needs.
OP97 highly values equity and diversity. The district’s Equity Policy is the result of two years of collaborative engagement and it affirms the district’s steadfast commitment to racial equity, seeks to promote a strong sense of belonging in all of its schools, and is aimed at ensuring that every student has access to an excellent and equitable educational experience. In addition, in 2020 the district published a Commitment to Anti-Racism (https://www.op97.org/teach-learn/antiracism).
The district’s next leader must embrace and truly “walk the talk” of the district’s vision to “Create a positive learning environment for all District 97 students that is equitable, inclusive and focused on the whole child.”