Last week, Lakes Community High School was recognized for renewing its commitment to Illinois Democracy Schools, a growing network of schools across the state which shares resources and collaborates on professional development opportunities.
LCHS initially joined this consortium in 2012 and renewed its commitment in 2020. After a hiatus, the annual conference was able to resume in person this September, where our school was formally recognized for this commitment.
Social studies teacher Randie Reynolds and department chair Grant Murray attended to receive this award on behalf of Lakes. “We’re really proud of our partnership. Honestly, it’s great for the whole school. Civics isn’t just important in social studies classes. It’s really something we teach in all of our classes,” Reynolds said. In addition to sharing lesson ideas, classroom simulations, extracurricular ideas, or opportunities for community service, this network also supports schools in establishing and building upon a positive school culture.
Throughout the year, Mr. Murray will host professional development sessions for Lakes staff to incorporate principles of civics into their classroom activities. “Our department and school have really embraced this idea of civic learning across disciplines. I am excited for what the future holds.” To learn more about this initiative, check out IllinoisCivics.org.