Certified staff members work is guided by our Collective Bargaining Agreement. Our contract, known as the D34 Constitution, is a description of the relationship between the teachers, administration and Board. The Constitution maps out how all three groups, working together, can make a difference in students’ lives. The document assumes, and then puts into action, that teachers are professionals and should be treated accordingly.
Paraprofessionals, or “Associates” as they are referred to in District 34, are a key component to the successful education of our students. The District requires paraprofessionals to have an Educator License with Stipulations as a Paraprofessional ELS (PARA). Below are the ISBE requirements.
Be at least 20 years of age; and
Show proof of one (1) of the following:
Associates degree or higher; or
60 semester hours of coursework; or
High School Diploma or GED and a score of 460 or higher on the ETS ParaPro test; or
High School Diploma or GED and the following scores on the ACT Work Keys test: Applied Mathematics — 4, Reading for Information — 4, Writing or Business Writing — 3
You must possess the following licensure to Substitute Teach in District 34 (ISBE Substitute Teaching License Requirements) :
Must hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
Valid for substitute teaching in all grades of the public schools, pre-kindergarten through grade 12.
*Note: Substitute licenses are valid for 5 years, and may be renewed if the individual passes an approved Illinois test of basic skills. An individual who has passed an IL test of basic skills will not be required to retake the test for subsequent renewals.