School District #428

The Department of Juvenile Justice operates School District #428 according to the Illinois Compiled Statutes (105 ILCS 5/13-40). "Its purpose is to enhance the quality and scope of education for youth within the Department of Juvenile Justice so that they will be better motivated and better equipped to restore themselves to constructive and law abiding lives in the community."  According to statute, "It shall be responsible for the education of youth within the Department of Juvenile Justice and inmates age 21 or under within the Department of Corrections who have not yet earned a high school diploma or a General Educational Development (GED) certificate and the said district may establish primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special and advanced educational schools as provided in this Act."  The Board of Education for this district shall with the aid and advice of professional educational personnel of the Department of Juvenile Justice and the State Board of Education determine the needs and type of schools and the curriculum for each school within the school district.  The School District Superintendent is Dr. Tresa Dunbar.

On December 8, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education issued a "Correctional Education Guidance Package."  A statement concerning the information and links can be found here.

How to Apply for Positions within School District #428:

State of Illinois Job Opportunities  *(scroll down to "Select Agency", clear all agencies, select Juvenile Justice and apply search)

IASA IL Education Job Bank  *(search Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice)

Blended Learning Model

Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice School District #428 employs the blended learning model. Teacher-facilitated and technology-supported learning that promotes student engagement and achievement through various methods, including: Individual instruction, small-group instruction, and whole-class instruction.


Blended Learning


Central Office Administration's role in Blended Learning

Empower principals to be instructional leaders by ensuring they are equipped with the necessary resources and supports.  Provide district-wide leadership to ensure that blending learning and quality instruction is provided daily.

Principal's role in Blended Learning 

Empower teachers to be instructional leaders by ensuring they are equipped with the necessary resources, tools, and skills.  Provide guidance and oversight to ensure the highest quality implementation of blended learning in every classroom.

Teacher's role in Blended Learning

As instructional leaders and facilitators for students, provide individual, small-group, and whole-class instruction. Actively engage with students in educational activities, connecting students to the appropriate resources and tools, and monitoring student progress.  Creatively combine traditional learning methods with technological supports that foster student engagement and achievement.

Student's role in Blended Learning

Actively engage with teachers and technology to create a personalized learning experience. Work with teachers to track progress and receive guidance.  Use technology as a tool for learning.

Role of Technology in Blended Learning

Provide a customizable and self-paced learning environment for students to gain knowledge and demonstrate self-sufficiency. Allow active monitoring by teachers and students to assess progress and make improvements.  Support student achievement in core knowledge areas.

District #428 School Board Members:

  • Heidi Mueller, President
  • Heather Marie Dalmage
  • David A. Green
  • John Patrick Griffin
  • Jennifer D. Vidis
  • Shawn Jackson

School Board Meeting Calendar 2019-20

Board of Education Meeting Calendar 

School Board Meeting Schedule:

All Board meetings will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be held via WebEx Conference Video Call

Notice of Public Meeting - Friday, May 20,2022

Annual School Board Documents

Approved IDJJ School Calendars:

Public Participation Guidelines:

Public Participation Guidelines 

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