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Educator of the Year Nomination Forms
Nominations are now being accepted by the ROE through March 2nd, 2020. The  nomination packet can be found here and the physical forms have been sent out.  All nominees should be skillful, dedicated, and continue to play an active role in education. The ROE has  put together a video  that explains how to nominate someone for EOTY. If you have any additional questions about Educator of the Year,  please contact the ROE.

Kane County Student Photography Exhibition
We are pleased to announce the Kane County Student Photography Exhibition is set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. The event will be held at the  Batavia Fine Arts Center , 1201 Main St. in Batavia, IL. More details will follow in the coming weeks, but please distribute this around and help get the word out!

The ROE student photography contest is posted each week on  Kane County Connects  and shared through our  Twitter feed  along with our  Instagram profile  once the post goes live. We encourage students and teachers to share the contest through social media to bring awareness to the event and add even more wonderful photos!

Please email Matt Muntner at  if you have any questions regarding the contest!
Student Photography Contest | Week 5 & 6 Results
The Student Photography Contest is thriving as we move onto week 5 (halfway done!).

We've had some amazing submissions from talented school districts across Kane County in just the first two weeks.

If you are interested in getting involved in the photo contest, you can reach out to Matt Muntner at for more questions!

Online Courses By Educators, For Educators
Thinking of boosting your professional learning?  Illinois Online Academy  offers online continuing education courses that are relevant, convenient, and affordable. Both PD Hours and Graduate Credits are available through IL Online Academy.

With 50+ courses available and more being added frequently, there is a professional learning course for everyone. All courses are 100% online and self-paced, allowing you to take your professional learning with you anywhere you go.

Kane County 2-1-1
With more than 1000 government, non-profit, and faith-based organizations providing much needed services throughout Kane County, it can be overwhelming and confusing to know who does what and exactly where to start to get help needed. 2-1-1 is a free, centralized, anonymous place to start with a specialist on hand to help sort out the options. No computer or internet is required, translation is available in over 150 languages and callers of all ages can use this service as often as needed.

The Progress Report: Parent Teacher Conferences
This week's post in The Progress Report Katie writes about experience handling parent teacher conferences and some helpful insight tips of how you, as an educator, can tackle the day!

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.

Operation Snowball Fall Event 2019
Kane County ROE supports  Operation Snowball  to bring together high school youth and caring adults to develop a trusting relationship. It is founded on the belief that youth and adults can make responsible decisions when provided with factual information and an opportunity to develop an understanding of one’s self and others.

Trust is not a matter of technique, but of character. You are trusted because of your way of being, not because of your polished exteriors.  This past weekend, Operation Snowball spent the weekend at Lorado Taft in Oregon, IL.  Weekends like these help build the foundation of our youth's character.
Upcoming & Ongoing Workshops
AA#1815 – Meeting Tips, Tools and Techniques to Achieve Results
Dates: 100% Online
PD Credits: 6
Cost: $100
Adaptive Schools Seminar
Dates:   January 27 and 28 &
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