The Department of Juvenile Justice operates School District #428 according to the Illinois Compiled Statutes (105 ILCS 5/13-40). "Its purpose is to enhance the quality and scope of education for inmates and wards within the Department of Juvenile Justice so that they will be better motivated and better equipped to restore themselves to constructive and law abiding lives in the community." According to statute, "It shall be responsible for the education of youth within the Department of Juvenile Justice and inmates age 21 or under within the Department of Corrections who have not yet earned a high school diploma or a General Educational Development (GED) certificate and the said district may establish primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special and advanced educational schools as provided in this Act." The Board of Education for this district shall with the aid and advice of professional educational personnel of the Department of Juvenile Justice and the State Board of Education determine the needs and type of schools and the curriculum for each school within the school district. The School District Superintendent is Dr. Sophia Jones-Redmond.
On December 8, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education issued a "Correctional Education Guidance Package." A statement concerning the information and links can be found here.
How to Apply for Positions within School District #428:
State of Illinois Job Opportunities *(scroll down to "Select Agency", clear all agencies, then select Juvenile Justice)
IASA IL Education Job Bank *(search Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice)
Blended Learning Model
Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice School District #428 employs the blended learning model. Teacher-facilitated and technology-supported learning that promotes student engagement and achievement through various methods, including: Individual instruction, small-group instruction, and whole-class instruction.
Central Office Administration's role in Blended Learning
Empower principals to be instructional leaders by ensuring they are equipped with the necessary resources and supports. Provide district-wide leadership to ensure that blending learning and quality instruction is provided daily.
Principal's role in Blended Learning
Empower teachers to be instructional leaders by ensuring they are equipped with the necessary resources, tools, and skills. Provide guidance and oversight to ensure the highest quality implementation of blended learning in every classroom.
Teacher's role in Blended Learning
As instructional leaders and facilitators for students, provide individual, small-group, and whole-class instruction. Actively engage with students in educational activities, connecting students to the appropriate resources and tools, and monitoring student progress. Creatively combine traditional learning methods with technological supports that foster student engagement and achievement.
Student's role in Blended Learning
Actively engage with teachers and technology to create a personalized learning experience. Work with teachers to track progress and receive guidance. Use technology as a tool for learning.
Role of Technology in Blended Learning
Provide a customizable and self-paced learning environment for students to gain knowledge and demonstrate self-sufficiency. Allow active monitoring by teachers and students to assess progress and make improvements. Support student achievement in core knowledge areas.
District #428 School Board Members:
- Heidi Mueller, President
- Heather Marie Dalmage
- Tresa Dunbar Garrett
- David A. Green
- John Patrick Griffin
- Candice M. Smith
- Jennifer D. Vidis
School Board Meeting Calendar 2017-18
Board of Education Meeting Calendar 2017-18 REVISED
School Board Meeting Schedule:
All Board meetings will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be held at the Aftercare Services Office, 100 N. Western Ave. in Chicago.
January 20, 2017
April 14, 2017 - RESCHEDULED
April 28, 2017
May 19, 2017
July 21, 2017
September 15, 2017
November 3, 2017
School Board Agendas: