Teaching & Learning

  • Bensenville School District 2 and Dr. Kathleen Dugan, Assistant Superintendent for Learning,  have emerged as leaders across the state in transforming learning to the Illinois Learning Standards.

Yuri Zepeda, a bilingual resource teacher at W.A. Johnson School, working with a small group of students.

Contact Information

  • Anne Paonessa
    Interim Director of Teaching and Learning
    PH: 630-766-5940 ext. 1105 
    FX: 630-766-6099
    Email: apaonessa@bsd2.org


    Dr. Amy Stewart
    Interim Co-Coordinator of Curriculum for Grades Pre-K-3
    PH: 630-766-5940 ext. 1119
    FX: 630-766-6099
    Email: astewart@bsd2.org


    Linda Szwankowski
    Grant Reporting Manager
    PH: 630-766-5940 ext. 1111
    FX: 630-766-6099
    Email: lszwankowski@bsd2.org


    Chloe Johnson
    Clerical Aide for Curriculum & Instruction 
    PH: 630-766-5940 ext. 1124
    FX: 630-766-6099
    Email: cjohnson@bsd2.org

    Educational Administration Center
    210 S. Church Rd.
    Bensenville, IL 60106

    Monday-Friday
    7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Philosophy of Differentiation

  • A key component to implementing the Illinois Learning Standards is adopting a teaching philosophy of differentiation. 

    Priority Initiatives for Teaching and Learning

    • Focus on Standards/Essential Understandings: Align with Illinois Learning Standards.
    • Focus on Formative Assessment: Align with the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) accountability system with an emphasis on formative assessment.
    • Focus on Data-Driven Decision Making: Ongoing analysis of data for instructional planning.
    • Focus on Shared, Systemic, Strategic, Sustainable, Evidence-Based Strategies: Address both the adaptive challenges and technical procedures for change.

Guiding Principles for Academic Goals in Learning

    • The child is at the heart of all decisions.
    • High expectations for growth for all students guide the learning process.
    • Curriculum is designed so clear, consistent, rigorous standards exist about what all students should know, understand, and be able to do across grades and disciplines.
    • 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creative thinking are integrated within the curriculum.
    • Local and state assessments are aligned with their purpose and use, and students are provided with ongoing feedback about their progress and are involved in self-assessment and goal setting.
    • All students are provided with equal educational opportunities. District 2 will provide an educational climate and culture free of bias concerning the protected classifications identified in Policy 7:10, Equal Educational Opportunities.