Exemplar Classroom Award

Illinois ASCD is searching for classrooms that exhibit exemplary use of evidence-based best practices in teaching.


We are focused on providing teachers opportunities for observation that demonstrate quality student engagement within Illinois schools.

ILASCD recognizes classrooms that exhibit exemplary use of evidence based best practices for students.  The Exemplar Classroom Project, under the direction of the ILASCD, is focused on providing teachers opportunities for observation that demonstrates quality student engagement within Illinois schools.


This year’s award will recognize Schools with exemplary Maker labs and Maker Movement programs.  


The purpose of this project is to create a professional development model that would allow teachers to participate in a full day of experiences infusing firsthand excitement of discovering opportunities for learning - much like your students would. Teachers will be invited to carefully examine and reflect on their own teaching practice, while engaging in observing an exemplar classroom were students are required to identify and develop solutions to authentic problems in their maker labs.  This project will capture the student and teacher focusing on the maker movement within classrooms.  It is our hope to find classrooms throughout the state of Illinois so all Illinois teachers can connect to a school/district reasonably near them.  It is not enough to tell our teachers what they should be doing; we must provide them with examples that allow them to see what rigor, relevance and relationships look like in exemplar classrooms.


It is our goal to identify classrooms that exhibit the following criteria within the maker movement. To apply for Exemplar Classroom Status, please complete the application and send the items stated below to info@illinoisascd.org. 

The following criteria must be observed within the items requested in the application.


Criteria for Exemplar Classroom Status

Overall criteria should include:curiosity, creativity and collaboration being used to learn about the design process, how to use it to solve problems, learning new knowledge and skills, and having the ability to communicate their results with others.

  • Problems and questions are identified for investigation

  • Students make a plan to begin solving the problem

  • Students research critically to identify what they need to know

  • Students demonstrate creative thinking, construct knowledge, and develop innovative products and processes using technology

  • Students are clear to with their peers about their ideas and listen effectively to the ideas of others. As groups, students are able to understand each other’s strengths and weaknesses, as they establish meaningful roles and responsibilities