Curriculum Overview

  • Welcome to the Curriculum and Instruction Page.


    I am excited to join the incoming kindergartners, the Class of 2026, as new members of the District’s school family. My career began teaching middle school social studies in the Chicagoland suburbs. Most recently, I spent the previous 12 years working in building level administration at Fairview South in Skokie. That position allowed me to watch from a distance the tremendous things happening in District 74’s classrooms, playing fields, and fine arts programs. The accomplishments of District 74 were a consistent measuring stick for program success in my former district and I am thrilled to now be a part of Lincolnwood’s administrative team!


    On a personal note, I grew up in the suburb of Addison and was raised in a family of educators. My educational background includes degrees from the University of Illinois, Southern Illinois University and National-Louis University. I have been married to my wife, Annette, for 16 years. She is also a teacher and we have two daughters. One is entering middle school and the other starts 4th grade this fall. When I am not attending a cheerleading competition or dance recital for one of my girls, I am an avid runner and reader.


    In my role as Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, I look forward to working with individuals at all levels of the District to ensure we continue providing the highest quality educational experience for every student. The interaction between students and teachers throughout the year is an exciting journey of exploration. The District is focused on establishing instructional experiences designed to foster growth for every child, both intellectually and developmentally.  As the needs of learners and society constantly change, the District strives to create dynamic learning environments that can both respond to educational trends and ignite a lifelong passion for knowledge. Classrooms where students apply knowledge and discover meaning help to develop the skills of curiosity and creativity. The District will strive to lead in this innovation.


    The District’s goal is to improve teaching and learning in a continual process where parents and the community are essential partners. Through the 6-year curriculum review cycle, strategies are thoughtfully analyzed for effectiveness and opportunities to improve the classroom experience using best practices. I am so happy to be in Lincolnwood School District 74 and look forward to serving the needs of the District and community alike!


    Dr. David L. Russo

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    Dr. David L. Russo
    Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction