Welcome to the Curriculum and Instruction Page.
This past year brought numerous achievements in the classroom, on the stage, and on the field for Lincolnwood School District 74
students. The support of our community as our students undertake these academic and extracurricular endeavors is tremendous.
This school year will build upon the implementation of a new core instructional program in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade
called MyMath. In addition to the program’s resources, teachers learned about integrating the Standards for Mathematical Practice
into instructional strategies. Examples of these skills include: making sense of problems and perseverance to solve them, abstractly
and quantitatively reasoning, and attending to precision. Embedding these concepts into the regular course of math instruction is
meant to deepen students’ understanding of fundamental concepts and serve as tools that can be applied to academic tasks in other
Following a multi-year review, a committee of teachers recommended the Mystery Science program, which the Board
of Education approved for the 2019-20 school year. Mystery Science is a complement to the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Launch
STEM program offering students a comprehensive science experience aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Each
grade level is divided into units of study with several “Mysteries.” The core experience of the mystery is centered on a scientific
question that students explore in hands-on; inquiry based lessons. This means students do a great deal of the discovery of knowledge
through experiences and discussion. Through the use of multimedia presentations, experiments, activities, and reading materials,
students uncover the “scientific mystery” behind the phenomenon.
I look forward to continuing the partnership with our community in the education of students in Lincolnwood School District 74 throughout the 2019-2020 school year.
Dr. David L. Russo
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction
Dr. David L. Russo
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction
Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Master of Science in Educational Administration, Southern Illinois University
Doctor of Education - Educational Leadership, National Louis University
Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent & Assistant Superintendent