District 128 Strategic Plan

Design Team Competencies

Our Portrait of an Independence Jr. High Graduate Design Team has met twice to discuss different skills, characteristics and attributes that our Palos Heights community desires to see in every learner who graduates from our district. These competencies are critical for equipping students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes that they will need to successfully navigate their personal journeys in learning, living and working.

Our Design Team has identified a list of 8 competencies that we view are critical for all students to develop in District 128. 

As a Design Team, we would like you to view and prioritize the 8 competencies from most critical to least critical skills our students will need to develop for their future. We will use “1” as "Most Critical" and “8” as "Least Critical" on the form. We understand that all 8 competencies are critical, but in this work our goal is to narrow this list of 8 competencies down to 5 to become our Portrait of an Independence Jr. High Graduate. The remaining competencies that did not make the top 5 will most likely be embedded as indicators in our Portrait of a Graduate.

Click here to open our form to start prioritizing the competencies. Please complete the brief form by Tuesday, March 1.

Our Portrait will illustrate the skills and attributes we wish to develop in all learners and provides a vision for teaching and learning in our schools in an effort to develop engaging learning experiences and prepare our students for their tomorrow.

21st Century Skills

District 128 is starting the processing of developing a new Strategic Plan. Please visit this page to continue to stay updated in the process and gather information.

Any questions about our new Strategic Plan, feel free to reach out to Dr. Merryl Brownlow at [email protected] or Jason Smit at [email protected].

Your Thoughts...

In our presentations, we have asked our community two questions:

  • What aspirations do you have for your student(s) as they graduate Palos Heights School District 128?

  • What 21st century skills do you believe our students needs to have in order to be successful in their future?

We would love to gather your thoughts and opinions on these two questions. Please click on the link below or scan the QR code to share your thoughts.

What is the Design Team?

Want to learn more about the work of our Design Team that will meet to design and create our Portrait of an Independence Jr. High Graduate? Please watch this short video to learn more.

Want to join our Design Team? Reach out to Jason Smit at [email protected]

Informational Night Recording

Did you miss one of our Strategic Plan Informational Nights? Please consider watching our recording to learn more about a Portrait of a Graduate and our upcoming Strategic Planning process.

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 Plani