Northern Illinois University

Dist 428-NIU Partnership

DHS/NIU Partnership Professional Development 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.


  • Design an ongoing professional development plan that ensures DHS/NIU faculty proficiency with the Three-Tiered Model (3TM) and the PDS
  • Look at other successful models of both High School RtI/3TM implementation and High School PDS to consider for framing and developing our model

Co-Chairs & Members


DHS: Margo Sickele; NIU: Sharon Smaldino



  • COE: Sharon Smaldino, Lisa Yamagata Lynch, David Shernoff, Sara Johnston-Rodriguez
  • HHS: Bette Montgomery
  • LAS: Ellen Hines

DHS: Jennie Hueber, Jessica Stewart, Amonaquenette Parker, Margo Sickele, Brandon Royer

Meetings & Materials

Committee Reports

Commitee work and members rolled into Task Groups.