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Office of Teaching and Learning

Dr. Carolyn Franklin and Dr. Dellnora Winters



Welcome Dolton School District 149 Families to the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL). The Office of Teaching and Learning supports evidence-based instructional practices and strategies for differentiation, creativity, valuable teaching and learning based on the Illinois State Standards (ILS) in effort to support our mission of educating the whole child. The Office of Teaching and Learning was created to provide curriculum development for all academic areas across the district. Our goal is to support all learners and to facilitate academic growth. The learning priorities center on increasing Reading and Mathematical opportunities. The district’s literacy coaches and the IL-Empower Partner, Professional Development Plus mathematical coaches, support this process. All coaches are responsible for providing robust support to teachers and work to plan, develop, implement, revise, and model these practices to further a quality curriculum.


To ensure continued enhancement of effective teaching strategies, our office continues to provide professional learning opportunities that meet the needs of teachers and building administrators. We provide District Institute Days, monthly School Improvement Planning Days, and after-school workshops to teachers on a consistent basis, ensuring we build capacity in strengthening their skills, learn new research-based strategies, and reflect on their practices.


To measure student performance not only consistently but also fairly, we use common assessments which include: NWEA Map, i-Ready diagnostic testing, grade-level benchmark assessments, the Illinois Assessment of Readiness, and both formative and summative assessments, for continuous progress monitoring of our students. Students are provided feedback and teachers are able to use these results to further individual student and classroom growth.


We look forward to serving you and your child(ren) this school year! If you have any questions that we may answer for you, please feel free to contact us at 708-868-8300. Have a wonderful school year!


Educationally Committed, 


Dr. Carolyn Franklin                                                                                              Dr. Dellnora Winters


Directors of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment