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Initial Certification and Recertification Academies
New Administrator Academies for initial certification and recertification opportunities are now available and open for registration! Check out the academies below and register today!
Join presenter Patty O'Neil for a workshop on Principal/Teacher Evaluator Training!

Join presenters Katie Algrim and Craig Collins for a workshop on Illinois Performance Evaluation / Initial Teacher Evaluation Training!

Join presenter Jill Reedy, back by popular demand, for a workshop on Principal Evaluator Competency Skill Building!

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Join presenter Patty O'Neil and Craig Collins for a workshop on Gathering Evidence During Observations and Conferencing!

Educator of the Year Nomination Forms | Save The Date
As we enter the new year, Educator of the Year nears itself closer and closer. Nomination forms are still available until March 2, 2020.

Nominees are recognized at the Kane County Regional Office of Education's Educator of the Year banquet on May 1, 2020 at the Q Center in St. Charles, IL.

Institute Day Registration Still Available!
Institute Day registration went live on January 13th and sessions filled quickly! There are still spots available at Fermilab, IMSA, Teach CTE, VALEES, Waterstreet and West Aurora High School.

The Progress Report: A Jimmy Fallon Special
This week's post in  The Progress Report, Katie uses a segment from both Late Night With Jimmy Fallon and Lindsay Zilly's workshop to use hashtags for each month to share helpful, heartwarming and humorous thoughts!

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.

KnowBe4Security Tips - IRS and Tax Scams
Every year, the bad guys take advantage of innocent taxpayers, like you, who are patiently waiting on their tax return. Last year, the IRS noticed a significant increase in phishing attempts to steal money or tax data, therefore you must be on high alert.

The bad guys have a number of tax-related tricks up their sleeves when it comes to stealing your money and/or sensitive information. Here are a few examples of sophisticated tax scams that have been found in the wild:

  • Scammers send emails posing as tax service companies by spoofing emails and using stolen logos. Once you respond to the email with personal data or tax information, they can pocket your hard-earned money.
  • Tax scams aren’t limited to emails! Be on the look out for callers posing as IRS representatives claiming you owe money that must be paid immediately. The callers typically threaten arrests, deportation, or suspension of business or driver’s license.

How Do I Know it’s a Scam?

Always remember the following during tax season, and all year long:
  • The IRS will always mail a bill before calling you about taxes owed.
  • The IRS will never ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  • The IRS will always offer the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed before demanding your payment.
  • The IRS does not use emails or text messages to discuss personal tax matters, such as taxes owed or tax refunds.
Kane County State Scholars
ISAC is pleased to recognize these Illinois high school students who have been named 2020-21 State Scholars for their outstanding academic achievement. Scholars are listed alphabetically under the high school they attend.

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