959 West Dundee Road
Wheeling, Illinois 60090

Phone: 847-537-8270

Hours: 7:30 AM – 4 PM

Superintendent: Dr. Michael Connolly

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CCSD21 is a school district comprised of 13 schools across 6 different communities in the northwest suburbs of Chicago.



School District 21 prides itself on its Professional Learning Community and its rich tradition of professional collaboration, high levels of professional development, and family-like atmosphere. If you see the opportunity to work with colleagues in making a difference in the lives of students and families in a truly diverse setting, School District 21 seeks your application.

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Posts with Topic: Instruction Archives - Modern Pen

Twitter to the next level

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So, you are on Twitter. You’ve been following some famous people and maybe some other educators with whom you work. You’ve gingerly offered a couple of tweets up to the world. What do you do next to more deeply engage with this tool/product that others value so greatly–particularly for their own professional and personal growth […]

Twitter in School

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Twitter ( is simply a communication tool for giving and receiving information. As one of the two major forces in popular social media on the Internet, Twitter has provided a forum for bringing the world together to discuss global events in real time on topics ranging from World Cup soccer matches to Steve Jobs’ resignation […]

Posting student videos on the web

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Over the past eight years, School District 21, like many companies and institutions around the world, has relied on its own media streaming server to share video and audio files with others via the Internet. Information Literacy Coaches and principals in each school have access to upload video and audio files then to link to […]

Google Classroom & Differentiation

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With the launch of Google Classroom, School District 21 teachers have another tool to make the science and art of differentiation more powerful and more seamless in appropriately challenging all of our students. Google Classroom allows teachers to create as many classes as they might like. So, while parents, students, and even the team of […]

Google Classroom–Now Available!

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Throughout the summer, we’ve shared information about Google Classroom, and we’re excited to announce that, in response to educators from around the world, Google has doubled-down its efforts in order to get Classroom out even earlier than had previously been announced. We’re pleased to share that Google Classroom is now available for teachers throughout School […]

Mid-Trimester Reports, Grades 1-5

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All Mid-Trimester Reports have been converted into Google Docs and are available to School District 21 staff members through this link: Mid-Trimester Reports 1st – 5th Grade   Creating reports for your students 1. Create a folder within your Google Drive named Mid-Tri Progress Report Templates. 2. Go to your Google Drive Shared with Me/Incoming […]

WeVideo–Setting up a Account

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Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, School District 21 has purchased licensing from WeVideo. There are a great many benefits to this. These include: collaborative video editing, additional features (like green screens), and the ability to export more video than on free accounts. At the same time, there is a limit to how many accounts […]

Google Hangouts: Getting Things Done

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Beginning today, Google Hangouts is enabled for all users, students and staff. (Hangouts was originally opened as an option to staff only when it became mostly compliant with Google Vault.) Google has recently made Hangouts fully compliant with Google Vault, the service that School District 21 uses to necessarily archive email and chat messages. […]

Great Start, Great Year, Great Learning

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The 2014-2015 school year started with an emphasis on School District 21’s two PLC Areas of Focus: Inclusionary Practices and Authentic Learning. The day began with CCSD21 Superintendent Dr. Kate Hyland encouraging all staff members to continue to collaborate in focusing on our students, their needs, and preparing them for their futures despite the challenges […]

Student course assignments & English Language Learners

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As part of School District 21’s long-term focus on student learning and the implementation of our Professional Learning Community, all students in School District 21 are enrolled in courses that meet their needs within their instructional programs. Additionally, all students are the responsibility of all teachers on the team. Taken together, these points have resulted […]

Each District 21 school is named after an American author, and learning and literacy is at the center of our Professional Learning Community. The Modern Pen provides a collaborative location in which District 21 teachers can come together to learn the skills that will enable their students to learn new skills and to understand concepts at an even different level than before.