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Principal of Lindop School

Welcome Back to Lindop!

My name is Dr. Sonya Spaulding and I am the principal of Lindop School. I have been
an educator since 1998; received my bachelor’s degree from The University of Chicago,
my master’s degree from Concordia University and in 2012, I completed my doctorate
degree at Roosevelt University in Educational Leadership and Organizational Change.
For the past seven years, I have served the Lindop students, parents, and staff as the
assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent.

The school year is off to an awesome start and everyone is working hard to ensure that
our students grow and are supported in areas where they had been challenged. Below
are just a few of the educational initiatives that are underway this school year:

Performance Education Reform Act (PERA): In compliance with the 2010 legislation,
Lindop School District 92 is making recommendations for the teacher evaluation system
including ways to incorporate and use data and indicators of student growth as a
significant factor in rating teacher performance and to support its effective
implementation and use. The PERA Joint Committee met throughout last year and has
made decisions based on 23 ILLINOIS ADMINISTRATIVE CODE 50, which outlines
both the Professional Practice and Student Growth compliance requirements.

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College & Careers (PARCC): Lindop
students were among the more than 5 million students from 11 states to partake in the
PARCC assessment in Spring 2015. Students from 3rd through 8th grade were assessed
in English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics. In Spring 2016 Lindop will
administer the Science PARCC assessment to students in both the 5th and 8th grades.

Pre-Kindergarten Gold Circle Award: Lindop’s Pre-K program has
received the Gold Circle of Quality Recognition from Illinois State Board of
Education's (ISBE) new Rating System. Gold Circle is the highest rating!

Kindergarten Individual Developmental Survey (KIDS): Starting with the 2015–2016
school year, Lindop’s kindergarten program will begin phasing in implementation of KIDS. The
KIDS instrument provides parents, teachers, and administrators with a clear picture of the
child’s developing strengths across multiple domains. A domain is a crucial area of learning and
development for young children. Within each domain there are several measures that focus on
the specific knowledge, skills, or behaviors a child is able to demonstrate at different points
across a developmental continuum. The domains that make up KIDS are:

• Approaches to Learning–Self-Regulation (i.e., engagement and persistence, curiosity and initiative)
• Social and Emotional Development (i.e., relationship skills, identity of self);
• Language and Literacy Development (i.e., concepts of print, letter/sound recognition)
• English-Language Development (for children of varied cultural and linguistic backgrounds)
• Language and Literacy Development in Spanish (for use in a bilingual kindergarten class where the
curriculum provides opportunities for learning and development of Spanish)
• Cognition: Math and Cognition: Science (i.e., number sense, exploration)
• Physical Development and Health (i.e., movement concepts, nutrition)
• History–Social Science (i.e., sense of time and place, conflict negotiation, responsible conduct)
• Visual and Performing Arts (i.e., art, music, drama).

Response to Intervention (RtI): The instructional schedule is designed so that
students are flexibly grouped one period each day to receive direct instruction in reading
comprehension, fluency, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, and decoding. Teachers
use research based programs to instruct and monitor student progress. Learn more
about RtI at http://www.interventioncentral.org/

Measure of Academic Progress (MAP): Students take this local computerized
assessment three times a year. It helps teachers understand each student’s academic
level and gives teachers detailed information to help build lessons that meet the needs
of each student. Learn more about MAP at http://www.nwea.org/productsservices/

One-to-One Technology Initiative: As we prepare our students to live in a global
society, it is imperative that they are literate in this world of technology. Each student
from 4th through 8th grade is able to experience educational instruction through the use
of an iPad or Chromebook. Teacher engage students in activities and projects that
encourage collaboration and problem solving; skills that equip them with the knowledge,
and dispositions for succeeding in a 2.0 society.

West Cook Math Initiative: Lindop teachers from Kindergarten through 8th grade are
active participants in this regional West Cook initiative to improve the rigor of math
instruction and assessment of student learning. Lindop students engage in math tasks
requiring critical thinking and strategic problem solving skills. This initiative is modeled
after the nationally renowned Silicon Valley Math Initiative (SVMI) and in partnership
with the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction Committee (CIA): This committee is made up
of Lindop teachers and administration and meets every other month. This year’s goal is
to continue curriculum mapping in alignment with the New Illinois Learning Standards
(NILS) and other national standards for Art, Music and Spanish. Learn more about the
New Illinois Learning Standards at http://www.isbe.net/common_core/default.htm

Social Emotional Learning (SEL): This school year we will continue to implement the
Second Step curriculum for 6th – 8th grade students and Voices for K-5th grade. Both
curricula assist students in developing skills for emotion management, goal setting,
conflict resolution, identity awareness and anti-bullying efforts. Learn more about SEL at

We look forward to working with you this school year and are committed to ensuring that
your child is prepared for college and careers beyond elementary school.


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