District 214 Site Visits

Thank you for your interest in visiting High School District 214 to learn more about how we’re implementing Redefining Ready!, a nationwide initiative to ensure that our nation’s 14 million high school students are college ready, career ready and life ready.

Site visits include a full day of sessions, networking/Q&As and classroom visits. The day will begin with a keynote presentation on implementing Redefining Ready! in District 214 by district administrators and will be followed with panel discussions, sessions and classroom visits.

We host several site visits on scheduled dates throughout the school year. Please see the list of upcoming site visit dates below. Once we have reached capacity for a site visit, we put interested parties on a waiting list and offer them a spot for our next scheduled site visit.

Site visits are a full day, typically from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The day begins at our district office and includes a visit to one of our schools. There is a cost of $75 per attendee for our site visits. This fee covers lunch, snacks and beverages, printed materials and bus transportation between our buildings. You will need to provide your own transportation to and from our district office at the start and end of the day.

Sample site visit agenda:

Forest View Educational Center (Early College Center), 2121 South Goebbert Road, Arlington Heights, IL  60005

Welcome, Opening Remarks: 8:30-8:45 a.m.

Implementing Redefining Ready!: 8:45-10:15 a.m.

Diplomas with a Purpose
District administrators will discuss the college and career readiness components of Redefining Ready! in action within District 214. Q&A to follow.

Panel Discussion — English, Math, CTE Dual Credit
High school faculty and administration will discuss their programs and experiences relating to college and career readiness at their schools.  

Break: 10:15-10:30 a.m.

Bus ride to high school site: 10:30-11:00 a.m.

One of the D214 High Schools

Lunch: 11:00-12:15 p.m.

Center for Career Discovery: 11:00-12:15 p.m.

Presentation: Administrators and staff will talk about the Center for Career Discovery, District 214’s department charged with implementing workplace learning experiences and supporting career decision-making across the district.

Panel Discussion: Students who have participated in the District’s internship and workplace learning experiences will provide perspectives on their experiences in the programs.

Redefining Ready! In Action — Facility Tour: 12:30-2:00 p.m.

Building administration will lead participants on a tour highlighting numerous Career Pathway facilities and providing the opportunity for participants to engage with students and staff.  

Redefining Ready! and Student Services: 2:00-2:45 pm

Building and District administration and staff will discuss the mechanisms and processes in place to help support students with career decision-making, pathway navigation, and college and career readiness.

Reflection/Discussion/Wrap-Up: 2:45-3:00 pm


2019-20 Site Visit Dates:

October 2, 2019: AASA Redefining Ready! National Forum hosted at D214
(register here)

January 23, 2020 (register here)

April 23, 2020 (register here)

Travel Information:

Holiday Inn Express Chicago Northwest, Arlington Heights
2111 South Arlington Heights Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005  847-956-1400
Free shuttle to D214 Forest View Educational Center and O’Hare Airport

Courtyard Chicago Arlington Heights/South
100 West Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, IL 60005  |  847-437-3344
Free shuttle to D214 Forest View Educational Center, no airport shuttle

Note: All site visits start and end at the D214 Forest View Educational Center.


"The restructuring of academic programs along career pathways elevates the rigor and relevance of elective coursework to more closely align the goals of a core curriculum with the demands of a continually evolving technology driven economy."

"For our nation's high schools to be relevant in this new economy, they must serve as an integral part in a students progression toward a career pathway informed by workplace learning experiences."

Partnerships with Promise: Business Horizon Quarterly, October 2014

US Chamber of Commerce Education Foundation
Dr. Lazaro Lopez, Associate Superintendent

Expanding Access to Opportunity in Chicagoland; U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation