Meet the Director

I am Lori Owens-Stranc. I am so excited to be here in Sunnybrook District 171. I have worked in education for 21 years, and have served the educational community in many capacities. I have been a teacher, a guidance counselor, an assistant principal, a principal, an Executive Director of Elementary Education, and now, I am honored to be Sunnybrook’s Assistant Superintendent Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at: Phone: (708) 895-0750 ext. 2270 E-Mail:

Assessment Dates

STAR Assessment: Fall: August 29 - September 18 Winter: January 9 - January 30 Spring: April 24 - May 12

IAR State Testing: March 6, 2023 - April 21, 2023

IAR Parent Portal Link:

DLM-AA State Testing: March 15, 2022- May 10, 2022

ISA State Testing: March 1, 2023- April 28, 2023

WIDA: ACCESS TESTING Starts on January 11, 2023-February 28, 2023

District Curriculum

The state of Illinois uses Common Core Standards as a means to ensure students across each grade level are taught high consistent content matter throughout the state to prepare them for college and career success. The link below will take you to the Illinois Priority standards:

Here at Sunnybrook we use the following textbooks:

  • ELA K-6 Into Reading by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • ELA 7-8 Into Literature by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Math K-8 use Go Math by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Science 4-5 use Inspire Science by McGraw-Hill
  • Science 6-8 use IScience by McGraw-Hill
  • Social Studies 6-8 use Network by McGraw-Hill

Technology Support Programs:

To further support our students academically, we utilize Freckle ELA, Math, Science and Social Studies. The Freckle platform allows teachers to differentiate instruction as a means to provide the support each student needs in their knowledge quest and skill set acquisition.

For more information please check out the link:

Freckle has also created focus standards for teachers. These standards were formulated to assist teachers with closing the achievement gap caused by COVID-19 and summer loss. The link below will take to the focus standards