Northern Illinois University

Dist 428-NIU Partnership

DHS/NIU Partnership Curriculum Committee


District 428 and NIU are developing a partnership high school that will achieve national recognition for the following accomplishments:

  1. World-class student achievement that includes academics, activities, and citizenship.
  2. Rigorous curriculum that matches expectations of higher education and the workplace.
  3. Superior preparation of pre-service teachers whose skills match the needs of today’s classrooms, including proficiency in skills for improving achievement of low-achieving students. 
  4. Excellence in professional learning that supports DHS and NIU faculty in their pursuit of globally competitive student achievement. 
  5. Joint research and co-teaching by DHS and NIU faculty.


  • Define standards and criteria for evaluating effective curriculum and assessment
  • Develop parameters and systematic process for developing curriculum and assessments
  • Provide guidance for departments in development of common assessments
  • Create goals and processes for data teams to make data-driven curricular decisions
  • Develop overriding philosophy that explains connections among all initiatives under 3TM umbrella (SAC, curriculum mapping)
  • Collaborate  with curriculum council and assessment committee and encourage  NIU participation on those committees
  • Scout best practices for showcasing good curriculum and assessment and models for teachers

Co-Chairs & Members


DHS: Roger Scott;  NIU: Susan Callahan



  • CEET: Promod Vohra
  • COE: Connie Fox, Drew Kemp, Meryl Domina
  • HHS: Nancy LaCursia, Shirley Richmond
  • LAS: Susan Callahan, Christine Malecki, Jon Carnahan, JD Bowers, Kate Maley
  • VPA: Kerry Freedman
  • Outreach: Pati Sievert

DHS: Wendy Bonneau, Gail Cappaert, Liz Digaszewski, Isabelle Kovarik, Cindy Lofthouse, Amy Crook, Kelly Powell, Anne Williams, Doug Moeller, Kathy Cebulski, Jennie Hueber, Tricia Schumacher, Jay Smith, Judy Stafstrom

Meetings & Materials

Committee Reports

Commitee work and members rolled into Task Groups.