Julie A. Schmidt
Julie A. Schmidt is superintendent of schools for Kildeer Countryside Community Consolidated School District 96 in Illinois. The district began its professional learning community journey 17 years ago, and all seven schools have been recognized as model PLCs. District 96 schools have received seven Blue Ribbon Awards of Excellence, five during Julie’s tenure as superintendent.
With more than 27 years in education, she has been a superintendent, an associate superintendent, a school psychologist, an assistant to the superintendent, a director of student services, and an assistant director of special education (early childhood through high school). A respected speaker and facilitator, Julie focuses on response to intervention, leadership and change, collaboration between general and special education in a PLC, and the implementation of PLC practices and works with elementary and secondary schools. She serves on the national PLC advisory board for Solution Tree.
Julie was recognized by her peers as the Lake County Superintendent of the Year in 2016 and by the State of Illinois as a Distinguished Superintendent in 2017. As a member of the Illinois Association of School Administrators, she serves on the board of directors and the Vision 20/20 guiding coalition at the state level. She was elected to the National Suburban School Superintendents, an organization of fewer than 150 superintendents across the United States. Julie serves as president of the executive board of the Exceptional Learners Collaborative, of which District 96 is a founding member. Julie is a co-author of Yes We Can! General and Special Educators Collaboration in a Professional Learning Community.