Learning and Instruction

Flossmoor School District Welcomes Amabel Crawford as the New Director of Learning and Instruction for the 2016-2017 School Year

Please welcome Amabel Crawford as our new Director of Learning and Instruction.  She is excited to assist the school district in continuing to strengthen our quest for academic and cultural excellence.  She welcomes and looks forward to working with the great educators and families throughout the school district.  Ms. Crawford currently works for the American Institute for Research-Illinois Center for School Improvement as a district liaison for data and curriculum.  She also served as an instructional support leader, principal and assistant principal at the elementary level while working for the Chicago Public School System.  She received her Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education from DePaul University and her Masters in School Administration from Loyola University.

Ms. Crawford states, “I am passionate about teaching, learning, and leadership and look forward to build upon and advancing the excellent work in District 161.”  Dr. Doster, stated, “he is excited about working with Ms. Crawford.  She will be an asset to our school district as we continue to work with curriculum and instruction. Her educational experiences will assist our school district as we continue our quest for excellence.”

Please check back soon for more updates to our new webpage.

ACE Program

Throughout the 2015-2016 school year, District 161 partnered with Northwestern's Center for Talent Development to complete an audit of the ACE program.  The initial presentation and the recommendations from the study can be found by clicking on the links below.

The ACE handbook is intended to provide information on programs and services that are designed to meet the needs of and maximize growth of all students, including those identified as Gifted and Talented. The handbook will provide information on programs and services offered, the identification process for Gifted and Talented students, the appeals process for students to receive these services, the intervention process, as well as additional resources and information for parents. 

 ACE Handbook 1415.pdf 

 ACE Parent Resources.pdf  

Flossmoor Benchmarking Intro Presentation - Share.pdf  

Gifted Education Benchmarking Student Presentation May 2016.pdf 


Please click here to learn more about District 161 assessments.


Stevens Amendment
Disclosure of Federal Participation

Projects or programs funded in whole or in part with Federal grant money must credit the Federal government for the Federal government's portion of the financial support. This web page citation informs the public that the use of Federal dollars in Flossmoor School District 161 meets the Stevens Amendment requirement. Staff development opportunities, resources purchases and personnel have been funded in whole or in part with Federal entitlement dollars.


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English Learners (EL) Program

Flossmoor School District 161's English Learner (EL) program provides services for students who speak a language other than English or who have a language other than English normally spoken in the home.  The District 161 EL program has two components:

  • English as a Second Language (Transitional Program of Instruction) - English as a Second Language (ESL) services are offered in schools in which there are 19 or fewer Limited English Proficient (LEP) students in the same language group.

  • Bilingual Education (Transitional Bilingual Education) - In accordance with Illinois Code, schools in which there are 20 or more LEP students of the same language group offer a Transitional Bilingual Education (TBE) program for those students.

English Learners are assigned to a general education classroom and receive specialized instruction from an ESL and/or Bilingual teacher. The amount of EL instruction a student receives is based upon the level of English Language Proficiency.



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Amabel Crawford

Director of Learning and Instruction


Courtney Manning

Confidential Associate