Niles Township High School District 219 (D219) is seeking an accomplished and equity focused leader to serve as Superintendent following the retirement of Dr. Steve Isoye, who has served the district with distinction since 2016. The mission states that D219 “is committed to providing an equitable learning environment that embraces diversity and individual student needs, while preparing students to achieve their full potential as a part of our global community.” Thus, the next educational leader must have a record of advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiatives, in addition to working with diverse populations.
D219 serves the communities of Skokie, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, and Niles in Illinois. Niles North and Niles West High Schools are public, four-year comprehensive high schools with a combined enrollment of more than 4,600 students. The community enjoys close proximity to Chicago, as well as top universities such as Northwestern, Loyola and DePaul. The district also has a strong connection to arts and cultural aspects that only a large city has to offer.
Over 60 percent of students report that they speak a language other than English. More than 90 languages are spoken, with the most common being Urdu, Spanish, Assyrian and Arabic. Extracurricular programs help students expand their academic and social skills, meet new friends, and engage in positive experiences. There are 27 athletic teams and more than 90 clubs and activities in which students can participate.
In the 2019 US News and World Report Best High Schools in the Nation ranking, Niles North was 49th in the state and Niles West was 50th in the state. Niles West (8th) and Niles North (13th) were listed in Chicago Magazine’s issue of the Top Public High Schools in Cook County in 2018. D219 was named to College Board’s annual AP Honor Roll for increasing access to AP exams and improving student performance. It validates the important work the district is doing to make the schools more equitable by advancing all students into more rigorous courses and by working to eliminate disproportionate enrollment in classes by race. https://www.niche.com/k12/d/niles-township-community-high-school-district-no-219-il/
D219 is truly a destination district for any Superintendent, and serving this highly acclaimed and high profile district will require exemplary skills in leadership, a true understanding of how to meet the needs of diverse learners, and a commitment to honor and respect the values of the district and communities.