What's in this Issue:

Partnership Opportunities

Professional Development

Licensure News

Administrator Academies

Grant Opportunities

Conference News

News from the Superintendent

of Schools

We moved!! Our new office location is located at 300 Center Drive, Suite 100, Vernon Hills, IL, 60061

Bloomboard LBS1 Certification Program

Many districts across Illinois (and the country) are experiencing a shortage of trained, certified educators in special education. In response, I am excited to share with you a new cost-effective, on-the-job LBS1 Certification Program.


Unlike traditional certification programs, this 12-credit-hour program allows your teachers to earn their certification completely on the job! They will earn credit while showing what they know in their actual classroom practice and applying what they learn immediately. Please visit here for more information.

Grand Canyon University Partnership

Due to the demand for special education teachers, we will be expanding our November Cohort beyond the LBS1 endorsement. This month we will be promoting enrollment into all of our Special Education programs. Support/Classified staff and parents looking for licensure can enroll into our Bachelors or Maters programs. Certified staff looking for the LBS1 Endorsement or a Special Education Masters have options as well.


Also, last month’s ESL Cohort filled up before some teachers could get in. We encourage the teachers who could not register for the ESL endorsement program last month to enroll this month so that they can be on track to complete their endorsement by next August while utilizing the scholarships we currently have available.


I am looking for 7 more students to join the November Cohort so that we can award them with the 25% off scholarship.


Expand Your Career in Special Education!

Have you considered expanding your impact with a special education degree or LBS1 endorsement? If so, GCU’s ISBE approved coursework makes it possible. GCU offers convenient 100% online courses that enable busy professionals like you to gain specialized training. Enjoy program benefits including:

  • Education scholarship saves you money 
  • 6-8 week classes save you time
  • One class at-a-time format
  • TEACH Grant eligible for qualified candidates
  • Classes begin November 17th, 2022 and November 21st, 2022
  • Start with a friend! Scholarship increases to 25% off with groups of 10 or more from your district

The last day to register for the November Cohort is November 8th, 2022. If you have questions please reach out to your local counselor.


Click here to contact your local GCU counselor to get started today!

Licensure News

Beginning January 2023

Paraprofessionals working in K-8 building may be 18 years old to qualify for the paraprofessional license.

Age 19 still applies for Paraprofessionals working in grades 9-12.

ELIS Account

Login to your ELIS account on a regular basis to view credentials. 

  • Be aware of when you renew, and what is required to renew
  • Be certain that your name and address are current 

Short-Term Paraprofessional Approval

This approval was created for those that have not completed requirements for the full paraprofessional license but do hold a high school diploma. It is temporary, valid for three years. Educator must complete requirements for the full para license before the approval expires. There is a $25 application fee.

Must apply for the short-term approval for paraprofessional and not the paraprofessional license.

Short- Term Approval (existing teachers)

Educator already holds a PEL not endorsed for the desired area of teaching. The short-term approval for teachers of all grades for general education, and the short-term emergency approval for special education may be helpful. Approvals (isbe.net)

Application Time Frame

  • Currently 30 to 60 days for review of new applications. 
  • Transcripts and other documents such as 80-02 forms received at ISBE may take 2 weeks to be added to your ELIS account

Monthly Tech Tip from the Learning Technology Center of Illinois:

Tech Tip for Lake County ROE


You may search HERE for countywide school vacancies.

Upcoming Trainings for Bus Drivers

Link to Lake County ROE Calendar.


Meemic Foundation Lakeshore $10K Grant

  • 10 Schools will receive $10,000 to spend with Lakeshore for Flex-Space Furniture
  • Application deadline is December 31, 2022
  • To ENTER TO WIN visit www.MeemicFoundation.org/MediaRoom


November 2022 PopIn2Win

Lake County Resources and Networking Fair

Friday, November 4, 2022

8:30am - Noon

The Chapel,25270 Rte. 60, Grayslake, Illinois

Sponsored by- Regional Office of Education, Mothers Trust Foundation, Special Education District of Lake County, Grayslake High School District #127, Alliance for Human Services


8:30 am - 9:00 am- Registration and Networking

9:00 am - 9:15 am - Welcome and Introductions

9:15 am -10:00 am - Keynote Speaker- Dr. Douglas Bolton

10:00 am - Closing - Exposition of various support agencies and organizations throughout Lake County.


The Lake County Regional Office of Education (ROE) is proud to be an Illinois State Board of Education-approved IL-Empower Learning Partner.

The Lake County ROE can support schools in Culture & Climate, Educator & Employee Quality, Continous Improvement, Shared Leadership, Family and Community Engagement, Governance, and Management & Operations. For more information, please contact Shay McCorkle

Upcoming Professional Development

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Cracking the Code:  An Introduction to Computer Science in your Classroom

November 9| 2:00pm - 4:00pm (Virtual)

Why Does He Do That?

November 17 | 12:00pm - 3:00pm (virtual)

STEM Series:  Minecraft EDU and the ESports Movement

November 29 | 8:30am - 3:00pm

Declutter my Digital Life

November 30 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm (Virtual)

Reinvigorating the Research Project Grades 6-12

December 1 | 9:00am - 3:00pm

CS Fundamentals

December 7 |8:30am - 3:00pm

Bilingual Language Development & Disorders

December 8|12:00pm - 3:30pm 

Visit our website for more PD Opportunities

Upcoming Administrator Academies

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AA #1923 Establishing and Enhancing good School Climate and Culture

November 30| 8:30am - 3:30pm (Virtual)

AA #1541 Proactively Dealing with Difficult Conversations: Bringing out the Best in People at their Worst

December 8| 8:30am - 3:30pm

AA #3000 Illinois Performance Evaluation Retraining: Student Growth

January 19| 8:30am - 3:30pm

AA #2000 Illinois Performance Evaluation - Principal Eval Training for Pre-Qualified Principal

January 19 and 20| 8:30am - 3:30pm

AA #1865 Principal Evaluator Competency for Initial Training and Retraining of Principal Evaluators

January 20| 8:30am - 3:30pm

AA #2001 Illinois Performance Evaluation - Teacher Evaluation Training

January 26 and 27| 8:30am - 3:30pm

Visit our website for more information on Admin. Academies

Upcoming Conferences

Visit our website
Lake County Regional Office of Education
300 Center Drive, Suite 100, Vernon Hills, IL 60061
(847) 543-7833