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Naperville 203 recognized as ‘exemplary educational system’

Designation allows district to serve as a model of positive change in public education

Naperville 203’s journey to become more Learner-Centered, Equity-Focused, and Future Driven has earned the district recognition as a “Lighthouse System” by the AASA School Superintendents Association. 

This designation – awarded to 13 school districts across the country – indicates that Naperville 203 will serve as a model of positive change in public education, and identifies Naperville 203 as an “exemplary educational system to serve as a beacon of light in key areas of holistic redesign of American education.”

“The Lighthouse Designation reflects our commitment to ensuring that Naperville 203 students will utilize social, emotional, and academic skills in order to resourceful and resilient life-long learners, '' Superintendent Dan Bridges said. “It also reflects the tireless commitment of the professionals in our system committed to supporting the needs of all students. Naperville 203 is honored to be recognized as thought-leaders in helping shape a new vision for public schools.”

Districts were reviewed based on strategies and recommendations developed by the AASA National Commission on Student-Centered, Equity-Focused Education. Redesign component indicators included: Social, Emotional and Cognitive Growth; Future-Ready Learners; Cognitive Growth Model;  Learners as Co-authors; Diverse Educator Pipeline; Early Learning; Technology Enhanced Learning; and Community Alignment.

“Our ‘Lighthouse’ districts are serving as thought-leader practitioners that are implementing bold, actionable steps on behalf of the broader education community to learn from and learn with as they have taken on the challenge of Learning 2025,” AASA Executive Director Daniel A. Domenech said. “As we emerge from the pandemic, it is critical to invoke future-focused best practices for the well-being, self-sufficiency and success of our young learners. I congratulate these districts, as well as all of the school districts associated with the Learning 2025 Network.”