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Branching Out

Tomorrow is the series premiere of "Branching Out," the newest project from the Professional Learning Department.

"Branching Out" will be a weekly YouTube series with quick videos designed to help educators branch out of their comfort zone and integrate new ideas and technology into their classroom.

To subscribe to our YouTube channel and stay up-to-date with the newest installments, click here.
ROE Photo Contest Week 1
We had a great first week of submissions for our photo contest! In total, we had 220 submissions from 12 different schools in the area!

For week one, the theme was Nature. To check out the top 10 from the first week, visit here.

Haven't signed your high school photography class up to participate yet? Email Molly McQueeny to get your class set up.
Kane ROE Secures $200,000+ Grant for School Violence Prevention Program

The Kane County Regional Office of Education has secured funding as a grant facilitator from the COPS SVPP grants (Community Oriented Policing Services School Violence Prevention Program.) The funds from the grant will go to five districts including West Aurora 129, District 301, District 300, East Aurora 131, and Kaneland 302. The U-46 district in Elgin has also secured funding separately through the grant. 

Funds from the grant will provide Stop the Bleed Kits, Reunification Kits, and Comprehensive Site Risk Assessment Planning. 

“We are thrilled to receive such great support from the Department of Justice. The safety of our students and districts’ staff is very important to us, and to receive this funding helps give schools the necessary tools to prevent and respond to such incidents,” says Patricia Dal Santo, Regional Superintendent for the Kane County Regional Office of Education. “We are proud to be one of the nine organizations in Illinois to receive funding.”

The Progress Report: A Better Conversation
In this week's post of The Progress Report, Jenna Moller discusses how to engage in deeper conversations by asking the right questions and focusing on listening. Trust, common ground, and empathy are all key to enhance your dialogue.

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.

New (and Old!) Employees at the ROE
We have some new (and old) faces at the ROE! We have two people starting new positions.

Alyssa Johnson, previous Administrative Assistant to the Director of Operations and Technology is now the new Administrative Assistant to the Director of Innovative Professional Learning!

Kathryn Lillig will be replacing Alyssa as our new Administrative Assistant to the Director of Operations and Technology. Kathryn comes to us from Pheasant Run, where she previously worked as an Administrative Assistant.

We cannot wait to see what Alyssa and Kathryn will do in their new roles. For the most updated staff directory, visit here.
Support Kane Excellence in Education Partnership on Amazon
Have you been shopping on amazon a lot more recently? Don't feel guilty! You can support nonprofits with every purchase you make on Amazon. Our nonprofit organization, Kane Excellence in Education Partnership (Kane KEEPS) is registered on AmazonSmile!

To support us, go to (instead of A percentage of your purchase will go back to Kane KEEP, and support the academic and social needs of schools in Kane County.

For more information on how to use AmazonSmile, visit here.
Holocaust Museum Virtual Offerings
Struggling to find a way to make your mandated Holocaust curriculum more engaging? The Illinois Holocaust Museum and & Education Center in Skokie has a plethora of virtual offerings targeted at grades 6 & up, including synchronous and asynchronous options.

  • Asynchronous Learning Experience
  • Four Pre-Recorded Tour Segments each less than 20 minutes
  • Detailed Glossaries of Key Terms
  • Meaningful Reflection Questions

  • Live Survivor or 2nd Generation Speaker OR Interactive Survivor Stories Experience
  • Live Question and Answer Session with a Museum Docent

The museum has also added a new field trip offering titled "Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg," in memoriam of the late supreme court justice. This has both a virtual and in-person option. The theme of this exhibit is "We the People," expanding on RBG's commitment to better the lives of all Americans.

Financial assistance is also available for schools who need it.

For more information, visit here.
Where Can I Find Information Regarding COVID-19 In Illinois?
ISBE is working in partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to ensure we are providing the most current resources and guidance to support Illinois education communities regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

The Illinois Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline and email address provides consistent information, answer questions, share facts about symptoms, and provides up-to-date information from the CDC. Call 1-800-889-3931 anytime or email

News and information updates from all around Kane County.

Upcoming & Ongoing Workshops
AA #3010 - Leading for Equity and Excellence in the School Setting

October 14th, 2020

AA #3672 - School Finance: A Guide For Special Education Administrators

October 21st, 2020

Using the 5Es Instructional Model to Create a Student-Centered Lesson in a Remote, Hybrid, & In-Person Setting K-5

October 22nd, 2020

Sketch-noting in a Remote, Hybrid, and In-Person Classroom

November 10th, 2020
Free for Kane County Educators!