District 128 Strategic Plan

Portrait of a Learner

District 128 underwent a comprehensive strategic planning process during the 2021 - 2022 School Year. A design team of over 25 individuals, representing multiple stakeholder groups, worked together to establish a framework of competencies to serve as the foundation of our plan. 

Over the course of the 2022-2023 School Year, the district will work to establish a set of indicators for each of the five competencies that will serve as a mechanism for measuring success in the development of these competencies across our school community. 

Our intent is for competency development to go beyond just our students. We invite our staff, families and community members to embrace a growth mindset in further development of these competencies for all. We believe that in order for our students to develop them, the adults that support them also need to be consciously working on nurturing them.


  • School Staff (Administration, Teachers, Support Staff)

  • Students

  • Parents

  • Board of Education Member

    • Current & Former

  • Palos Heights Parks & Recreation

  • Palos Heights Public Library

  • District 218/Shepard High School

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Design Team Photos

Competency Overview


Developing healthy minds and bodies. Emphasizes the importance of physical and mental health, encouraging students to develop healthy habits for life.


Sharing your ideas in a clear, concise and thoughtful manner; being open to perspectives of others, and learning to work collaboratively to accomplish a common goal.


Having curiosity, thinking creatively, taking risks to solve problems in new and different ways, fostering a love of learning.


Grit. Learning to look at failure as an opportunity for growth and learning. Maintaining effort and finding ways to work through obstacles and challenges.


Preparing yourself for a responsible and successful future in a diversified world to become a productive member of your local and global communities.

Portrait of a Learner

Competency of the Month

Communication: For the month of October, we are going to focus on strengthening our communications skills within our classrooms and homes. We desire to develop effective communicators by sharing thoughts, ideas, and questions. Communication also involves students working at being active listeners, improving their writing skills, and incorporating technology to share their stories or message.

D128 Strategic Plan Introduction Presentation

Please consider viewing our presentation from the different informational meetings we hosted to learn more about Portrait of a Graduate and our upcoming Strategic Plan.