District 7 will host an informational meeting for families about our Dual Language Program on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. Additional information can be found here.
Social Science P.D.
On November 1st & 2nd, teachers from 7 school districts participated in social science P.D. at our junior high to learn about the new social science standards. The standards contain 2 complementary categories: inquiry skills and disciplinary concepts. The writers of the standards expect that the two will be used simultaneously. Inquiry involves questioning, investigating, reasoning, and responsible action while disciplinary concepts make use of social science ideas, principles, and content to pursue answers to the questions generated by student inquiries. Throughout the rest of this school year, participants have been asked to try and incorporate the inquiry standards into their current teaching. These standards are in line with what we have already been doing with the inquiry skills in science and ELA with constructing questions, evaluating sources and finding evidence to support claims. On the last day of the P.D. session, we asked participants from all districts to complete a Google Form to provide feedback on how we can continue to work together to accomplish the end goal of delivering a viable, reliable, and engaging curriculum to our students. Stay tuned for further updates.
The Wood Dale Community Curriculum Advisory Council met October 27th. The CCAC is made up of two parents from each school (chosen by the PTO), a representative from the Board of Education, community members, and administrators. The agenda and CCAC representatives are posted on our website.
Sample Assessments for ELA and Math that are common core aligned:
Depth of Knowledge Resources:
Students entering kindergarten in the Fall of 2017, will have the opportunity to enroll in a Spanish/English dual language program. Any child who turns 5 before September 1, 2017 will be eligible to take part in this exciting new program. Dual language students will become bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural in Spanish and English. The philosophy of the dual language program is to provide cross cultural experiences for students and to prepare them for a global society. To find out more click here. Sign up your child now by completing the consent form below and mail it to, or drop it off at, the Wood Dale 7 District Office at 543 N. Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale, IL 60191. If more families show interest than enrollment allows, then a waiting list will be established.
Consent form in English Consent form in Polish Consent form in Spanish
Families attending the Dual Language Community Event on May 12th listened to a short presentation about the benefits of children being bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural in today's global world. The presentation was given by Dr. Kudrna, Curriculum Director, and Ms. Villalobos, ELL Coordinator. A panel of parents, and students enrolled in dual language programs in other school districts, were present to address questions from the audience. Several District 7 parents already signed consent forms, enrolling their child in the program.
Presentation in English
Presentation in Spanish
Wood Dale District 7 will begin a voluntary Spanish / English dual language program at Oakbrook Elementary School with students entering kindergarten in the fall of 2017-2018. Any child in District 7 who turns 5 before September 1, 2017 will be eligible to participate in the new program. If you have a child who is eligible to take part in this program, please contact Dr. Kudrna for information on how to sign up.
Dr. Merri Beth Kudrna
More information can be found here.
Sign your child up now by completing the consent form below. Mail or drop it off at the Wood Dale 7 District Office at 543 N. Wood Dale Road, Wood Dale, IL 60191
Consent form in English
Consent form in Polish
Consent form in Spanish
Join us on May 12th at 6:30 P.M. at the Early Childhood Education Center to learn about how you can enroll your child in the WD7 Dual Language Program. This program will begin in kindgergarten in 2017-18.
Do you want your child to be bilingual?
Dual Language Information Meeting
Spanish Dual Language Program beginning with the 2017-18 Kindergarten Class
Please come to listen, learn, and find out how to enroll your child
When: May 12, 2016
Time: 6:30 PM-7:30 PM
Where: ECEC 543 N. Wood Dale Road
Child care will be provided
For more information please call
Welcome to my blog! I'm Merri Beth Kudrna , a Curriculum Director in a PreK-8 school district. My past experiences as an educator include classroom teacher, reading specialist, instructional coach, assistant principal, and principal. I love watching kids learn & grow through authentic learning experiences. My passion is integrating technology into the curriculum and using social media to connect students & staff to the world.