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Congratulations to the Class of 2020!
Dear Kane County Graduates:

On behalf of the Kane County Regional Office of Education, I would like to extend my most profound congratulations on earning your diploma. 

The impact of the positive role models in your schools such as educators, coaches, school staff, and mentors is remarkable. They have supported you in your educational experiences and it is up to you to take it to the next level. This is the perfect time for you to reflect on your school experiences and remember the amazing people that have crossed your path.  I encourage you to reach out to them and express how much they have meant in your life. 

In the eloquent words of Dr. Daniel Jean, “you have met all the academic requirements of your program and were forced to immediately learn the larger life lessons” including resiliency, flexibility, and independent learning. While the circumstances surrounding the end of your school year were unpredictable, you should be exceptionally proud of yourselves for the courage and strength to complete your school experience. 

Congratulations Class of 2020!

Best Wishes,

Patricia Dal Santo
Regional Superintendent of Schools
Kane County

Quote Credit: Dr. Daniel Jean,

100% Online Learning Through Illinois Online Academy
Spring has sprung! Illinois Online Academy offers over 240+ new courses through our newest partnership with Advancement Courses. All classes are 100% online!

The Progress Report: How Are You Staying Connected?
This week's post in  The Progress Report , Katie shares ideas of how to stay connected with your students during these trying times and how those connections can last once traditional schooling resumes!

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 .

Online Administrative Academies for June 2020
Due to the fluidity of COVID-19, some Administrator Academies that we are still offering in-person can be moved to an online format if needed.
AA#1050-Recognizing & Assisting Homeless Students: What Administrators Need to Know

Registration 8:00 to 8:30 am Workshop 8:30 am to 4:00 pm School Administrators frequently are unaware of their responsibilities under federal and state laws. This workshop will offer a comprehensive array of information about homelessness to administrators responsible for and/or concerned about homeless students.

AA#1859-Understanding and Supporting Instructional Coaching: A Toolkit for Administrators

Participants will identify and analyze the multiple roles an instructional coach can play within an instructional framework; evaluate the need and impact of an instructional coaching program; analyze and evaluate the district's instructional needs for integration and supportive planning for instructional coaching; and assess and analyze the style of leadership in a school where coaching is part of the culture.

AA #3000, 3001, 3002 - Principal/Teacher Evaluator Retraining

This is the one required student growth retraining course for teacher evaluators who are renewing their designations required to evaluate staff. Evaluators will be required to participate in a pre-session webinar that will review Part 50 Administrative Rules as they relate to student growth. Participants will learn how to:
  1. Use assessments and measurement models identified by the joint committee in determining the student growth attributable to individual teachers/principals and understand how different types of assessments are used for measuring growth;
  2. Use data from the evaluation rubric, other evidence collected, and best practices relative to evaluating student growth to link teacher/principal and school-level professional development plans to evaluation results;
  3. Create, in collaboration with teachers/principals, supportive, targeted professional development plans that consider past results, contribute to professional growth, and assist teachers/principals in aligning professional development and goal-setting to school improvement goals; and
  4. Communicate evaluation outcomes and findings in constructive and supportive ways that enable teachers/principals to set goals and improve practice.

AA# 1061-Effective Presentations for 21st Century School Leaders

This course directly ties into the 21st Century Skills of Information and Media Technology. The focus will be on the process of creating and delivering effective presentations. Participants will learn a replicable process for taking complicated information and presenting to staff and key stakeholders in a relevant and memorable format. They will also develop the ability to identify the principles that underlie powerful presentations. The course will be divided into 5 segments: storytelling, storyboarding, sharpening the design, shaping with technology and selling the presentation. New skills and design knowledge will enhance the ability to tell stories and impart essential information in an efficient manner.

Education Zoom Backgrounds
Let's have some fun, shall we? Right click on the photo you would like to save and select "open image in new tab" and then right click and save the photo to your designated downloads folder.

Open Zoom and do the following:

  1. Log in to the Zoom web portal.
  2. Click Room Management > Zoom Rooms.
  3. Click Account Settings at the top of the page.
  4. In the Account Profile tab, under Background image for Zoom Rooms, click Upload New Image.
  5. Select your image and click Open.
  6. Uncheck "Mirror my video".
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
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