A notable factor in the plan of action for Tyler's improvement is the District 428 Diversity Plan, with a focus on equity and identity as core components of education, or each student's 'social emotional' well-being, and how that can factor into their entire learning experience.
"That's what's impressed me the most with [Tyler] staff, is they look at the whole child, and they understand academic needs but they also want to make sure they're meeting those social emotional needs as well," Jacobson said.
According to the report card, Tyler Elementary averages 24 students a classroom, compared with 20 across the state, and is the same as the average classroom size the other six District 428 elementary schools.
In a statement to the Daily Chronicle, district officials said as a result of Tyler being designated a Tier 4 lowest performing school, Tyler will receive $100,000 from the Title One School Improvement grant, which is a federal school improvement grant.
Additionally, an ISBE-assigned school support manager, and district officials, will be conducting a needs assessment to determine where funding gaps are and what is needed to better support the students.
They also will work with an IL-Empower learning partner to conduct the needs assessment. The empower program is a statewide network of support and accountability to improve student learning, intentionally designed to leverage a specific schools' strengths and meet student needs.
"I put together a team to go through this quality framework," Jacobson said, adding they will then go through that needs assessment process with the Empower partner.
Jacobson said her team will have a plan in place and up for the District 428 school board approval by January, and are intending the window from now until July to be a planning year, with implementation set to begin in the 2019-20 academic year.