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Inside Kane County Schools: INCubator EDU
Preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow is tough work. With changes happening in the job marketplace each year, giving students hands-on experiences is key to their future success. That’s why schools are constantly innovating and developing new curricula that prepares students for the future.

Two high schools in Kane County have successfully implemented a program called INCubator EDU as part of their curricula and have seen great success stories come out of their classrooms. Dundee-Crown High School has offered the program since 2015 and Batavia High School has offered the program since 2016. The success seen in these two programs is encouraging to the several Kane County High Schools that are launching their own INCubator EDU programs for the 2018-19 school year. These programs are looking for experienced business professionals to volunteer this upcoming school year to be program coaches, mentors, and members on a board of advisors.

The Kane County Tech Bash is June 20-21
There's still time to register for the 2018 Kane County Tech Bash, which has sessions for school district technology staff, in all roles! Come for two days filled with new technologies, implementation strategies, networking with other school district technology staff, and learning techniques to serve your district staff.

This FREE event is open to any school district technology staff. Topic areas that will be covered during the two-day event range from VMWare, Customer Service, FERPA, Network Security, 1:1 Implementation and more. Register online at techbash2018.sched.com and use the passcode kanetech for access.

Donations Sought for Project Backpack 2018
Want to help students start the next school year equipped with all their supplies? Project Backpack, a back-to-school supply fair that has helped over 17,000 students since 2010, is currently accepting donations of school supplies to distribute to students within  Elgin Community College's district area   for the upcoming school year.

Donations of school supplies will be accepted prior to Saturday, July 23 at several locations. The event will take place Saturday, August 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Elgin Community College. For more information on school supplies needed and drop off locations,  visit the Project Backpack website.
Spend Your Summer With Illinois Online Academy
Thinking of your professional learning over the summer? Illinois Online Academy offers online continuing education courses that are relevant, convenient, and affordable. Both PD Hours and Graduate Credits are available through IL Online Academy.

With 43 courses available and more being added frequently, there is a professional learning course for everyone. All courses are 100% online and self-paced, allowing you to take your professional learning with you anywhere you go.

The Progress Report: Read Aloud
How often do you read aloud to your students? There are many benefits from reading aloud to students, ranging from expanding vocabulary to broadening their horizons and world view. This week's Progress Report invites teachers to join The Global Read Aloud project for the 2018-19 school year!

The Progress Report is a collaborative discussion space for professional learning. Each post is written by Katie Algrim, the ROE's Director of Innovative Professional Learning. If there are any topics that you would like to see a post on,  please contact Katie Algrim.

District 300 Student Competes in National Spelling Bee
Pranav Kollu, a 5th grade student at Cambridge Lakes Charter School, represented Kane County at the Scripps National Spelling Bee from May 28- June 1. He was sponsored by the Kane Excellence in Education Partnership and the Dunham Fund to travel and participate in the National Spelling Bee.

Pranav was one of 518 students that participated in the Spelling Bee this year, competing for the crown of the 91st champion. He competed with the best spellers in the nation and was able to make it to the third round of the bee. The Kane County ROE is proud of Pranav and the Kollu family for this achievement and representing Kane County. Congratulations to Pranav on his achievement!

Upcoming Workshops
Recognizing & Assisting
Homeless Students
  Date: June 27th, 8:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Kane County ROE 
Cost: $50
Gathering Evidence During Observations & Conferencing
  Date: August 1st, 8:00am - 3:30pm
Location: School District U-46 
Cost: $150
Principal/Teacher
Evaluator Retraining
Date: August 2nd, 8:00am - 3:30pm
Location: School District U-46 
Cost: $150
UnConference
 Date: August 2nd, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Kane County ROE 
Cost: FREE