School Scene 2018-19

  • School Scene, hosted by Superintendent Dan Bridges, is a show in partnership with NCTV17.  Find out how Naperville 203 is helping students become college and career ready.

    Diversity and Inclusion

    Dr. Rakeda Leaks joined Naperville Community Unit School District 203 for the 2018-19 school year as the Executive Director of Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Leaks reports to Superintendent Dan Bridges and collaborates extensively with all levels of District leadership to support the mission of educating students to be self-directed learners, collaborative workers, complex thinkers, quality producers and community contributors.

    In this segment, Dr. Leaks discusses her background in education and human resources, as well her goals for this newly created position in the District. Dr. Leaks has already been influential during her “listening tour” by meeting with all levels of District staff and partners in the community to hear what their views on diversity and inclusion in District 203. She also details her biggest successes to date and where she is focusing her efforts for the future of District 203.


    On this segment of School Scene, three Naperville Community Unit School District 203 teachers joined Superintendent Dan Bridges in a conversation about District 203 Equity Courses, and the role those courses play in supporting the District’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.

    Stephanie Aspan, a Learning Support Coach at Kennedy Junior High School; Rob Hunt, a Language Arts Teacher at Lincoln Junior High School; and Jacquelyn Fabian, an English 1 Teacher at Naperville North High School have all taught Career 203 equity courses to fellow staff members.

    The three teachers discuss their motivations for leading this initiative with new Equity Course offerings, what the their fellow teachers are getting out of the courses, and their goals for the future.


    Illinois Global Scholar

    Naperville 203 teachers Randy Smith, Seth Brady and Jennifer Weigand have been instrumental in leading the charge in bringing the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate to the District.

    In this episode of NCTV's School Scene, Superintendent Dan Bridges chatted with teachers, as well as Claire Paschke and Olivia Howard of Naperville Central High School and Isabella Taylor of Naperville North High School to discuss the Illinois Global Scholar Certificate.


    Early Childhood Collaborative

    Dr. Christine Igoe and Lisa Xagas have been spearheading the District’s early childhood expansion and developing Naperville 203 as a leader in Social Emotional Learning (SEL) at all ages.

    In this episode of NCTV’s School Scene, Superintendent Dan Bridges sits down with Christine and Lisa to discuss the five tenets of SEL, why it is so important for students to gain some of these critical skills prior to kindergarten and how District 203 is working with partners in the community to reach as many students as possible in their early years.

    Superintendent Dan Bridges discusses Naperville 203’s early childhood programs including full-day preschool classes and the district’s birth to three outreach with A.J. McCree, Principal at Ann Reid Early Childhood Center and Peggy Kiefer, a Parent Educator for Early Learning Programs.

    This year two full-day preschool classes at District elementary schools opened which allowed for more program access for students. The District also continues to expand its birth to three outreach to support parents in our community, as well as collaboration with local organizations to support reaching all students in the community.

    Thomas Sullivan from DuPage Children’s Museum, Ellen Fitzgerald from Naperville Public Library and Will Savage from Lisle Public Library joined NCTV's School Scene to discuss why they got involved in the early childhood collaborative, what they contribute and their hope for future collaboration.