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About Dr. Ken Wallace

Superintendent of Maine Township High School District 207

Dr. Ken Wallace is in his 14th year with Maine Township High School District 207, first as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction and for the past 10 years as Superintendent. While Dr. Wallace was Assistant Superintendent he led improvements in the District’s technology program that included becoming Google’s first k-12 partner and pioneering 1:1 learning.

 

In 2015, Maine 207 received an International Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Award from the Center for Digital Education, and was the District named one of America’s 14 Most Innovative School Systems in April of 2016 by Tech Insider. In 2018 the District was selected as one of 30 US Districts for inclusion in the Successful Practices Network study for Districts that have improved performance despite demographic trends that typically lead to lower achievement.

 

Dr. Wallace has made teacher leadership and job-embedded professional development a focus. District 207 is perhaps the only U.S. district that includes annual instructional coaching plans for all teachers who work with peer teacher coaches. The District’s class of 2018 is likely the first class of US students to attend high schools in which every teacher every year had an annual instructional coaching plan. One of the District’s four coaching paths includes authentic teacher action research, and the District has developed a research consortium with Northwestern, Illinois ASCD, several other universities and local Districts. The District is opening up an innovative fifth coaching plan in the 2019 school year in partnership with Northwestern and National Louis in which District teachers will coach student teachers through their student teaching experience.

 

Dr. Wallace was named the 2018 national Association of Career and Technical Education Champion of the year for the District’s innovative work to improve college and career counseling and experiences for every District student. An educator for 33 years, Dr. Wallace was a high school English and journalism teacher for five years and taught computer science for six years. He holds B.S. and M.S. Degrees from the University of Southern Indiana and Ed.S and Ph.D degrees from Indiana State University. 

Latest Message/Announcement from Dr. Wallace

The following post is a welcome-back email from Dr. Wallace to returning staff as Maine 207 prepares for students to arrive back at Maine East, Maine South and Maine West for another great academic year, featuring even more, innovative ways in which to serve and support students.

Dear staff,

At my block party in Park Ridge yesterday I watched my neighborhood full of young children riding bikes, bouncing in the bouncy house (of course) and screaming with joy at being turned loose at the block party (of course).

I’ve watched my neighborhood turn over in the past five years. When we moved into the neighborhood 13 years ago it was full of teenagers, so our two teens fit right in. Over time houses went up for sale, and in nearly every case a young family with young children moved into the house, bringing little ones learning to walk, ride bikes and meet new friends. Know a big reason why these new families moved here? Because of the public schools available to them in our District. As I speak with these new families I am proud to share what we are doing in District 207 (OF COURSE) to prepare for their students when we get to serve them. 

Thank you for everything you do to help us reach “Collective Teacher Efficacy” to make sure that young families continue to know that when looking for a place to live, nobody in America is working harder than District 207 to provide an educational experience for every student every day that is as good as anyone’s ever developed.

My first blog of the year posted yesterday, outlining some of the groundbreaking work we are doing. Please feel free to share it with friends or family who may be considering where they want to raise their family so that their children have access to world class public education. And let me know if you have ideas that we should be sharing in future blogs, especially things happening in your classes.

You guys rock. I could not be prouder of a staff. Thank you for being the essential part of our learning journey.

Ken

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