Glen Ellyn D41: Stop the District-Wide Implementation of the Think Tank Initiative for the 2013-2014 School Year.
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Glen Ellyn D41 administration & board members

Glen Ellyn D41: Stop the District-Wide Implementation of the Think Tank Initiative for the 2013-2014 School Year.

    1. Petition by

      Why 41?

We are petitioning the Glen Ellyn District 41 administration and board members to stop the district-wide implementation of the proposed Think Tank initiative to our elementary schools for the 2013-2014 school year.   At this time, the D41 administration has not officially communicated a detailed timeline, only that the implementation phase will begin with the 2013 school year.  However, several presentations to teachers and parents have indicated the intention of a district-wide rollout of the initiative for the 2013-2014 school year.  This is of great concern to many parents and members of the community.

Why is the administration rushing this plan in light of a retiring superintendent and possible loss of four board members?  Why are we implementing a model that has never been piloted?   The Think Tank initiative needs to be stopped district-wide until more research has been conducted, a practical plan is in place, all key stakeholders (teachers and parents) are on board with the changes, and the final model has been piloted.   

While some members of our community may not be entirely opposed to the Think Tank initiative, we believe the overwhelming majority of Glen Ellyn D41 taxpayers would support a delay in the district-wide implementation of the initiative beyond the Fall 2013.  If this model is unsuccessful at a district level, it could negatively affect our children as well as our property values.   We ask that you stand with us in support of our petition.

Glen Ellyn D41 administration & board members
As a taxpaying citizen of Glen Ellyn School District 41, I am petitioning to stop the district-wide implementation of the proposed Think Tank initiative for the 2013-2014 school year.

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Recent signatures


    1. D41 21st Century Initiatives Update at 9/22/2014 BOE Meeting

      by Why 41?

      D41 Superintendent, Paul Gordon, will be providing a 21st Century Initiative Update at Monday's Board Of Education meeting.

      Glen Ellyn School District 41
      Board of Education Regular Meeting
      Monday, September 22, 2014 7:30 PM
      Central Services Offices, 793 North Main Street, Glen Ellyn, Illinois

      Link to agenda and packets:

    2. Why we are petitioning - #1

      by Why 41?

      We appreciate the labors & efforts of the Think Tank to come up with ways that D41 can make our children more successful. However, with a firm proposal to the Board of Education not slated until late February/early March, the petition is asking that more time be taken to implement the changes once the model is finalized. Supposedly, in its entirety, the Think Tank initiative is a brand new model created for D41 and because of this there is no hard data to demonstrate the success of the model. Shouldn’t D41 take the time to first pilot the final model, gather data & feedback, make changes and then implement the strongest model possible district wide?

    3. Why we are petitioning - #2

      by Why 41?

      WHY RUSH?
      What is the rush to make such a major change in so little time? Shouldn’t the district take longer than a few months to implement this district-wide? There appears to be no concrete reason as to why this initiative has to be implemented for the 2013-2014 school year. This is a huge adjustment in instructional delivery for the classroom teacher. Why not take more time to train our teachers, plan and prepare our facilities?

    4. Why we are petitioning - #3

      by Why 41?

      Is it responsible to make such a change to our school district when over half of the Board of Education positions are up for election and our superintendent is retiring? Also, this might negatively impact the district's search for a qualified new superintendent. Desirable candidates might not be interested in the job if they know they are going to be forced to implement a new initiative that they had no say in.

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. Who can sign the petition?

      by Why 41?

      Any taxpaying member of the D41 community. It is NOT a requirement to have children enrolled in the D41 the elementary schools. Every taxpaying member of your household should sign. Separate email addresses required for every name signed.

    7. Reached 25 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Dawn Steen GLEN ELLYN, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      I do not feel there has been enough teacher training and forthought to the proposed plan.

    • Tara Manuel GLEN ELLYN, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      The proposal doesn't seem to allow enough time to implement properly.

    • Joie Scott GLEN ELLYN, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      I do not believe in implementation in different grades/schools rather than pilot of one school/grade at a time. No control group remains, making this "experiment" void before it even starts. You have introduced so many influencing variables (from grade level to school admins to parent involvement history) -guaranteeing not really ever knowing why one grade/school has failed/flourished.

    • Susan Black GLEN ELLYN, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      The think tank proposal involves 3 distinct and very big changes:

      1) Ability grouping

      2) Combining 2nd with 3rd and 4th with 5th grade

      3) Having teachers specialize in STEM or Literacy&Social Studies and having the students thus have 2 main teachers and the teachers thus have 2 sets of students.

      I believe that implementing all 3 of these changes at all of our schools simultaneously would be foolish. Piloting all 3 changes at a single school is certainly not fair to that school if we think some of the ideas might not be good. And why pilot if we are going to implement all 3 changes simultaneously? How will we know if one change had a big positive effect and the other two had small positive effects (maybe not worth the cost) or worse had negative offsetting effects? We may end up with a feeling about what worked, but not data.

      Personally I suspect that change 3 might benefit our 5th graders (better preparing them for their very different school day at Hadley). I would like to see that piloted at 2 of our 4 schools for 5th grade only next year and see what happens (data). Personally, I suspect that changes 1 and 2 might be harmful to many of our elementary school kids. I don't know this but neither will any of us if we implement the full proposal at once.

    • Michael Biede GLEN ELLYN, IL
      • over 1 year ago

      I encourage Think Tank initiatives. However, if we do not properly follow due diligence, managing by fact, then we might be executing a disastrous plan in the end. I would like to see the final implementation proposal with supporting metrics – relative to our community – before we proceed any further.


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