English & Communications Department Chair
Christopher Bronke began serving as a teacher at Downers Grove South in 2011 and became English Department Chair at Downers Grove North in 2012. In his role, he teaches 9th grade honors, evaluates teachers, oversees the literacy coaching program, plans and implements PD, and works with other district leaders on CCSS integration/implementation.
Over the course of his career, Bronke has presented nationally on CCSS integration across all subject areas, creating a teacher brand, collaborative leadership, teacher blogging, literacy leadership, as well as social media in the classroom. He has had that work with social media featured in the Atlantic, with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, on EduTalk Radio, and on the social media platforms MightyBell and Celebrate Teaching. Additionally, he has presented regionally on close reading strategies for fiction and nonfiction, 21st century writing, and innovative creative writing instruction.
Bronke is a member of the Teacher Advisory Council for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and is on the Executive Committee as a member-at-large for the Conference on English Leadership. Recently, he has become co-founder of the National Blog Collaborative, an organization dedicated to helping teachers blog.
Prior to joining the District 99 community, Bronke taught at Prairie Ridge High School for 2 years and at Barrington High School for 5 years. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English Education from Millikin University, a Master of Art in Teaching and Learning from St. Xavier University, and a Master of Art in Educational Leadership from Concordia University.
Teaching philosophy: If you aren’t frustrated, you aren’t learning; you are simply rediscovering things you already knew.
Downers Grove North High School
English & Communications