February 2017 - LCHS and ACHS hosted an informational meeting on National Board Certification for any interested staff member. The after school session was run by a National Board Certified teacher who explained the certification process and the benefits of the District 117 cohort.
May 2017 - Ten teachers signed up to be a part of the new 2017-18 to 2018-19 National Board Cohort. Emily Goldkind, National Board Certified teacher, is the National Board facilitator, Amy Skonberg-Reznicek is the teacher liaison, and Jori Bowen is the administrator.
July 2017 - The new District 2017 Collective Bargaining Agreement provides a stipend for those who attain National Board Certification. Interest free loans are available, if needed, and loan reimbursement for those that earn a National Board Certification.
August 2017 - With the addition of one more teacher over the summer, eleven teachers in District 117 have started the National Board Cohort and are meeting monthly with NBT Emily Goldkind.