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Updated Illinois Online Academy Course - Google Keep, Forms, Tour Builder, Arts & Culture, Google Search & Extensions for Education
During this course you will learn how to use Google Keep, Google Forms, Google
Tour Builder, Google Arts and Culture, Chrome extensions, apps, and add-ons for teachers and students as well as learn all about how to get the most out of your Google Searches. You will be asked to try the Google products then submit a final discussion piece for PD credit.

Location: Online, self-paced course - 60 days to complete
PD Credit: 6 Hours
Cost: $40

Douglas Hoeft Scholarship
The Douglas Hoeft Scholarship provides financial assistance to high school graduates of programs within the nine school districts of the Kane County Educational Service Region. We especially encourage students who have faced challenges in their lives to apply. We are not necessarily looking for the student with the best GPA or community service record, rather students who have faced challenges and have worked to overcome them. Applicants must currently reside within these areas listed above, and be entering their first year of a vocational/technical program or an institution of higher education. Four year college students are eligible for $1,500 and two year junior college students are eligible for $1,000. Applications will be accepted from February 1st through April 1st with scholarships being awarded in May for the following Fall term. Annual scholarship awards could vary in amount and number according to the investment earnings and the number of qualified scholarship applicants.

College & Career Fair - West Aurora High School
WA College and Career Fair will feature representatives from major colleges and universities nationwide along with many local and
regional business partners. In addition, there will be helpful breakout sessions offered to provide guidance in college and career readiness. This event is open to all students, parents and community residents. Participants will receive the most up-to-date information from college representatives and business partners, learn about growing careers/pathways, and understand navigating the college search, application and financial aid processes.

Follett Destiny and Collection for the Future Ready Librarian
In this keynote, Shannon McClintock Miller will share the importance of collaboration with teachers and students and what this can bring to a school community by sharing stories, resources and ways to make this happen in exciting and successful ways. 

This workshops will take place on April 8, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Kane County ROE.

Institute Day 2019 - Registration Ends February 15th
Institute Day 2019 will be held on March 1, 2019 at various Kane County locations. We want to thank all of the host sites for volunteering their classrooms, auditoriums, and available spaces along with those who put in a presenter proposal. All of these continued efforts help us make Institute Day possible!

Registration is now open for all sites but filling fast! There are only 9 days left to register - registration closes on February 15th! You can visit for more information on Institute Day!

The Progress Report: Creating Opportunities for Student Inquiry
This week's post in The Progress Report is about The Question Formation Technique and how this multi-step process can be beneficial to teachers who have a passion for creating opportunities for their students, but aren't able to ask them in the right way!

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.

#EdCTOChat hosted by Phil Morris - Next Tuesday!
We are one week away from our second #EDCTOChat after our successful initial Twitter chat!

You can follow #EdCTOChat anytime on Twitter to look back on previous chats and also follow along and engage on future Twitter chats!
Advanced Digital Threat Assessment One-Day Training
Participants will leave with a concrete understanding of how to find and curate relevant digital information as is typically represented in a real-life digital threat assessment data gathering scenario.

This workshop will take place on April 23, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Kane County ROE.

Kids and Video Games - For Parents
Do you find your kids playing video games more and more nowadays? Studies say that you aren't alone. For most parents, we allow our children to start playing with our cell phones or tablets around the ages of 1-2 that can develop into long-lasting addiction into playing too much. Read the below article that has a terrific guideline on how to properly manage video gaming at home and how to use video gaming as an educational tool.

Upcoming & Ongoing Workshops
Short-Term Substitute License Training
  Dates: Feb. 27, Mar. 19 or Apr. 11
Location: Kane ROE
Cost: $25
AA#2001 – Illinois Performance Evaluation – Teacher Evaluation Training
Dates: March 8th & 9th | July 16th & 17th | August 5th & 6th | September 12th & 13th
Location: Geneva District, Kane ROE
Cost: $400
Making Questions Count
 60 Day Online Course
8 PD Credits 
Cost: $40