Award Year: 2022

Daniel Wright Jr High School

1370 North Riverwoods Road
Lincolnshire, IL, 60069-2402

(847) 295-1560

Dr. Michelle Blackley, Principal at time of Nomination

Lincolnshire-Prairieview School District 103

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The District mission: To provide innovative learning experiences which empower each student to lead with empathy and make a difference in a diverse and interconnected world.

Student Demographics
  • White: 45%
  • Hispanic: 4%
  • Asian: 49%
  • Two or more races: 1%
DW Warriors find strength through learning, inspiring and exploring.

DW Warriors find strength through learning, inspiring and exploring.

Daniel Wright (DW) Jr. High School is a distinguished school in a close-knit community that mirrors the diverse culture and backgrounds of the student population. DW serves high-achieving and intrinsically motivated learners and provides a safe, attractive, positive environment for all. DW has established valuable and consistent collaboration among all stakeholders and a culture centered around the teaching of social justice.

DW's sophisticated learning is reflected in curriculum, high expectations, and top-quality competencies. Teachers create academic places as venues of active learning where the focus is less on transmission of knowledge and more on construction of understanding. DW's REACH model offers unique differentiated learning and enrichment experiences through creative thinking, innovation, and problem-solving. Teams work to find solutions to real-life dilemmas, make conjectures, and present findings and conclusions. The real-world scenarios incorporate interests, current events, global perspectives, and diverse cultures and backgrounds. Students explore different mindsets and viewpoints, feel safe to share ideas, ask questions, debate, and critique peers' work while displaying mutual respect and positive interactions.

DW has fully and successfully implemented the Standards-Based Grading model by outlining, teaching, assessing, and communicating the essential skills students need to contribute to a fast-changing society. The exploration-based classroom environments emphasize greater student agency, complex thinking, communication, and team-building skills. Students engage in independent and cooperative inquiry to demonstrate leadership, adaptability, goal-setting, self-regulation, social and cultural competency, productivity, and accountability. DW views information literacy and technology fluency as essential learning outcomes. Students utilize digital tools to create and connect new ideas, design work, start conversations, build partnerships, take action, and drive change. The goal is to prepare self-directed future-ready graduates by helping them master the intimidating information landscape of their time and have the skills to thrive in global environments.