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New Administrator Academy - AA#1815 - NOW 100% ONLINE
Participants will learn skills and strategies to design and plan effective meetings including purpose, process, preparation and pacing. This course will help participants apply facilitation tools and techniques to actively engage all team members. They will examine and assess the various methods to identify, implement, and monitor team decisions. As a result of this academy, participants will think differently and make their meetings matter.

This course is being offered through Illinois Online Academy 100% throughout the year, fully online!

Kane County Regional Office of Education - Calendar Outlook
• Student Photography Contest - Week 1 starts on September 30th, 2019

• Institute Day 2020 - February 28, 2019

• Kane County Educator of the Year 2020 - May 1, 2020

• #edCTOchat - Every Second Tuesday of the Month | Next Chat August 13th
What You Need to Know - Fingerprinting Appointments
The school year is quickly approaching! Make your appointments with the ROE to get fingerprinted at

If you are being fingerprinted for non-education purposes, please contact our office at 630-232-5955 to ensure we can accommodate you. We are unable to fingerprint for some types of licenses and permits.
The Progress Report: In The Blink Of An Eye
This week's post in The Progress Report writes about summer vacation and how, as educators, they need to take this time off to re-charge and enjoy the last few weeks of summer vacation but how this time can be spent that will benefit you in the upcoming school year.

The Progress Report is a collaborative discussion space for professional learning. If there are any topics that you would like to see a post on or guest write yourself,  please contact Katie Algrim.

USDA Summer Food Service Program
SPRINGFIELD  – The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will provide healthy meals and snacks to children and teens age 18 and younger at hundreds of sites across Illinois this summer. Families can find their nearest summer meals site by calling (800) 359-2163, texting “FoodIL" to 877-877, or visiting .   
Hunger touches every community in Illinois. Only 12 percent of children who receive a meal at school during the school year in Illinois receive an SFSP meal in the summer, according to the  Food Research & Action Center . Illinois’ summer meals programs rely on community organizations, school districts, and other sponsors who are dedicated to ending childhood hunger in Illinois.

If a household’s income falls within or below the guidelines listed below, a family member should contact the site’s sponsor to learn the benefits of the program. If the site does not meet area eligibility, families may be required to complete an application and provide income, TANF, or SNAP information. Please contact ISBE at (800) 545-7892 or at  for possible alternative methods to meet site eligibility.
2020 Census Program Invites Teachers to Become Ambassadors
The U.S. Census Bureau’s Statistics in Schools program invites Illinois teachers to become 2020 Census ambassadors. Ambassadors will champion the 2020 Census in their classrooms, schools, and communities and in doing so help Illinois achieve a complete 2020 Census count.

Ideal candidates are active pre-K through 12th-grade teachers who are interested in spearheading a national initiative at their schools while shaping the future of their communities through social media, collaboration, and leadership. Teachers may email  to apply by July 31.
Upcoming & Ongoing Workshops
AA#2001 – Teacher Evaluator Training
Date: September 12 & 13, 2019
Location: Kane ROE
Cost: $400
Adaptive Schools Seminar
Dates:   January 16 and 17 &
March 12 and 13, 2020
Location: Kane ROE
Cost: $400
Illinois Online Academy:
Growth Mindset
Dates: 100% Online
PD Credits: 5
Cost: $40
Illinois Online Academy:
Social Emotional Learning
Dates: 100% Online
PD Credits: 2
Cost: $40