The Margaret Bancroft Distinguished Leadership Award
This award is the highest honor Winston Knolls Education Group bestows upon an outstanding individual in the field of special education, and it celebrates the accomplishments of exceptional individuals whose professional achievements, personal lives, public or civic service, philanthropic or volunteer endeavors reflect on through their dedication and meritorious accomplishments.
Peter DiCianni, former Mayor of Elmhurst and current DuPage County Board Commissioner, received the award in 2015 for his leadership in issues related to autism. DiCianni is the author of Brianna’s Law, allowing autism-related services to be covered by insurance. The legislation has been enacted in 33 states. The Illinois Autism Task Force recently appointed DiCianni as insurance lead.
The 2016 recipient is Dr. Robert Daniels founder of the Chicago Children’s Clinic in 2000, specializing in the treatment of children with autism, social skill deficits, disruptive behavior, ADHD, and learning disabilities. The Chicago Children’s Clinic was selected by the renowned Koegel Autism Center of the University of California, Santa Barbara, as the first Chicago-area treatment setting to train professionals in Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) for children with autism. He is currently co-authoring a book with Drs. Lynn and Bob Koegel entitled, Motivational Academics. It is intended to be a resource for implementing PRT in early childhood, elementary, secondary, and post-secondary transition and university programs.
Bancroft Award for Teaching Excellence
The Bancroft Award for Teaching Excellence recognizes all aspects of excellence in special education teaching and in special education teaching-related activities that foster students' desire for lifetime of individual achievement, independence and learning.
Presenting our 2017 Teaching Excellence Award Winner
The 2016 recipient of the Bancroft Award for Teaching Excellence is Ms. Jill Bisluk is in her ninth school year with The Winston Knolls School at Hoffman Estates Campus. Since arriving in 2007, Jill started as a one-on-one instructor; became a classroom teacher three years later; and in the 2014-15 became the Adaptive Physical Education teacher. Prior to arrival at The Winston Knolls School at Hoffman Estates Campus, Bisluk worked with West Suburban Special Recreation Association (WSSRA) for over a decade in a variety of roles: a lifeguard; program supervisor; and an aid for individuals with various disabilities. In addition, Ms. Bisluk provided professional service as an in-home Applied Behavior Analysis / Verbal Behavior (ABA/VB) therapist for ten years.
About Margaret Bancroft
- Founder and pioneer of Special Education
- Opened one of the first special education schools in the country in 1883
- Margaret saw the need for a school that welcomed all children by combining adapted learning, qualified teachers and compassion.
- Like Margaret, The Winston Knolls School at Hoffman Estates Campus recognizes each student is unique and celebrates these differences by tailoring educational programs to each student.