Regional Spelling Bee Winner from Hinsdale Middle School
On February 28, Wheaton North High School hosted the DuPage Regional Spelling Bee which included 27 finalists from public and private schools in the area. Atman Balakrishnan (pictured right), a sixth grader from Hinsdale Middle School, secured his spot to Washington for the final rounds to be held in May.
Student Workers Needed for Election Night - March 20
The Election Commission is seeking high school student workers for the upcoming primary election on March 20.
ISBE/National Board Subsidy Opportunity
The Illinois State Board of Education is pleased to announce the opening of the 2018 Illinois $1,900 NBPTS Candidate Fee Subsidy. The National Board Resource Center at Illinois State University will process applications for eligible Illinois teachers and counselors. Funding has been made available for 500 candidates.
Chicagoland AP Consortium at Westmont High School - May 21
AP teachers from across Illinois are invited to attend this year’s Reflection and Renewal AP Consortium on Monday, May 21 at Westmont High School. The event features sessions in 20 different disciplines to allow teachers in the same discipline to debrief on recently administered exams, share best practices, and build student-centered strategies that can be applied to the classroom.
Illinois Powered by Teach to Lead Summit - April 19-20
This is a unique opportunity for teachers to spotlight groundbreaking teacher-led work happening across the state. It is open to all public and private schools, colleges and universities.
DotCom Therapy Compliments Special Education
DotCom Therapy is the only teletherapy company sponsored by the IASB, partnering with districts across the state to address the Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Licensed Clinical Social Worker shortage. For more information, contact Jessica Zappia at
for more information.
Updates from ISBE Educator Effectiveness
This year, more than 200,000 educators will have licenses up for renewal. Please share these updates with your staff and district stakeholders. Information about licensure renewal is also being shared via
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Hosts Literary Contest for Middle School and High School Students - Due October 31
The Patriots Pen is a nationwide essay contest open to students in sixth through eighth grades. This year’s theme is “Why Honor the American Flag?”
Voice of Democracy
The Voice of Democracy is a recorded speech competition open to ninth through twelfth grade students. This year’s speech theme, “Why My Vote Matters,” must be recorded on a CD.
Completed essays and recorded speeches must be turned in to the student’s local VFW no later than October 31, 2018. Visit
for a list of local VFW locations. Students are encouraged to call their local VFW before dropping off a submission since not all locations participate.