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Dr. Catlin Tucker Presentation - Using the 5Es Instructional Model to Create a Student-Centered Lesson in a Remote, Hybrid, and In-Person Setting

We are excited to announce that we have TWO upcoming workshops with the renowned Dr. Catlin Tucker!

Dr. Catlin Tucker is a Google Certified Innovator, bestselling author, international trainer, and keynote speaker. She is an expert in the fields of blended and online learning. Catlin has published a collection of best-selling books on blended learning, including Blended Learning in Grades 4-12, Blended Learning In Action, Power Up Blended learning, and Balance With Blended Learning. She is active on Twitter @Catlin_Tucker and writes an internationally ranked education blog.

Dr. Tucker is dedicated to helping teachers blend technology and tradition to shift students to the center of learning and find balance in their teaching practice!

There will be two different workshops available, one target at the K-5 level, and one targeted toward 6-12. Both will be in an online synchronous format.

To learn more about Dr. Tucker, check out her website at

'Inspire' Unveiling!

Our first issue of the Inspire Box shipped out on Monday. Be on the lookout to arrive at your doorstep!

This first box included different strategies and practices to use in your classroom, such as Question Cards, Encouragements Cards, and more. It also came with fun gifts for teachers to use, like an inspirational wood block to put on their desk and a bluetooth speaker to use both in and out of the classroom!

To sign up for the October box and get in on the action, head here.
Resources for Homeless Families & Youth
The COVID-19 pandemic has helped shine a light of the increasing issue of homelessness and it's impact on youth in education.

To help better understand the effects of homelessness and how to find resources to help, School House Connection has launched an awareness campaign titled "Let's Educate Every Child & Youth."

Often, homelessness looks different from situation to situation. It could mean living with friends or family, staying in a hotel, or any other type of temporary living situation. The goal of this campaign is to teach educators, parents, and youth what homelessness can look like, and how to act.

For more information,
Photography Contest
In less that two weeks, the annual Student Photography starts! The Photo Contest is open to any high school, pubic or private in Kane County.

The top 10 photos of the week will be announced on Tuesdays with an article in the Kane County Connects newsletter.

This year, we will be having theme weeks. They are as follows:

Week 1 - Nature
Week 2 - Architecture
Week 3 - Portrait
Week 4 - Slice of Life
Week 5 - Fall Themed
Week 6 - Food
Week 7 - Black & White
Week 8 - Photo Manipulation
Week 9 - Friendships
Week 10 - Artist's Choice

To view submissions from past years, click here.

To subscribe to the Kane County Connects, click here.

If you are a high school art/photography teacher in Kane County and have not yet signed up to have your class participate, please contact Molly McQueeny.
The Progress Report: Whatever it Takes
In this week's post of The Progress Report, Jenna Moller discusses the meaning behind the buzzword "mindfulness," and what incorporating it into your life really looks likes, as well as suggesting resources such as apps, strategies, and more to help your start practicing mindfulness in your own life.

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.

211 Resources
Did you know about Kane County's 2-1-1 resource? United Way 2-1-1 is a hotline that can connect you to all different types of resources including

  • Emergency shelter
  • Food pantries
  • Day care
  • Rent assistance
  • Elderly care
  • Mental health services
  • Employment
  • Health Resources
  • Educational/Vocational Training
  • Disability Resources
  • Drug/Alcohol Abuse
  • Counseling
  • Disaster Recovery

For more information, visit
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
Using Technology to Support Students With Special Needs
100% Online
$199 (Grad Credit Available)

Growth Mindset
100% Online

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