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Deerfield Public School District 109 Deerfield Public School District 109 Deerfield Public School District 109 Deerfield Public School District 109 Deerfield Public School District 109

Learning and Assessment Services
(Including Gifted)

Learning & Assessment Services

Amy Rubin
Director for Learning and Assessment Services
(847) 945-1844 x7207

The Deerfield Schools District believes in the practice of differentiation for all students. Differentiation is an instructional philosophy and practice that includes modifying product, process, content, and learning environment based upon student interest, student readiness, and individual student profiles. Some examples of classroom differentiation may include

  • Compacting
  • Choice Menus
  • Independent Study
  • Learning Contracts
  • Tiered Assignments/Products
  • Guided Reading Groups
  • Flexible Grouping
  • Literature Circles
  • Questioning Techniques
  • Socratic Seminars

Placement in Gifted Programming

You can view the criteria used to determine placement in TAP and accelerated programming in the Handbook of Differentiation Services.




District Events: Speech Tournament & Young Authors

District 109 students have the opportunity to participate in fun learning events throughout the year, including:

  • Park Johnson Memorial Speech Tournament: The annual Park Johnson Memorial Speech Tournament, sponsored by the Deerfield Education Foundation, is held each year in February. Students in grades 3-5 can sign up to participate. Information is sent out to students and families in January. The Speech Tournament website includes all details.
  • Young Authors: The Young Authors’ Conference, held each year in May at Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, is an event sponsored by the Illinois Language and Literacy Council, in conjunction with the Illinois Reading Council. Designed as a celebration to honor exceptional writing by students in grades K through 8, the conference provides an opportunity for these young writers to meet published authors and to hear how the authors themselves create the characters and stories that have become their books. The Illinois Reading Council’s website has details about the statewide conference, which District 109 winners will attend, and the documents section of this page includes a folder with Young Authors documents.