Lincoln-Way Reading Department Creates New Unit Around Career Pathways
Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Lincoln-Way High School Districts Reading Department Chairs and teachers met today to design a new unit for the 2015-2016 school year focused on college readiness and career pathways.

The new unit for freshman reading classes is aligned to the new Illinois Learning Standards to help prepare students for PARCC and ACT testing.

We had two really great days of collaboration. The goal is to realign our curriculum to ensure that our freshman reading students can explore our electives prior to sophomore registration and begin thinking about college and career paths, said Erin Venezio, Lincoln-Way Reading Department Chair for East and North High Schools.

Lincoln-Ways Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum Tim Reilly said all of the districts reading teachers also teach other subjects and are incorporating various types of reading into the curriculum.

The unit will cover 16 career clusters and a variety of professions within each cluster.

We want students to understand that different professions require different types of reading and to gain experience with those reading styles, said Bridget Scheer, Lincoln-Way Reading Department Chair for Central and West High Schools.

The Reading teachers who participated in the professional development come from a variety of academic areas and backgrounds and include Lindsey OFarrell, Social Science; Kathy Sulkowski, Social Science; Janine Valkema, Music; Jackie Savage, English; Sarah Hogeveen, Special Education; Julie Johnson, Art; Jayce Shilkaitis, English, Marie Perry, Reading, Kenya Varnado, Reading and Beth Biesen, Reading.