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The 5th Annual Kane County Student Photography Contest Starts in October!
Back by popular demand, the ROE will be facilitating a 10-week student photography contest this Fall! This initiative recognizes and celebrates the talent found throughout the Art Departments in Kane County high schools. This includes the knowledge and support handed down by the instructors, as well as the creativity harnessed by students. At the end of the 10-week contest, there will be a reception night with all featured photos on display.

The friendly competition will feature 10 submitted photos being selected each week to be featured in  Kane County Connects , with the first week being October 1st . Does your school have a photography class or club that wants to participate? Contact  Mike Ademe at  for more information on the submission schedule and guidelines.

Leadership in Personalized and Digital Learning Program
Are you prepared to lead your school in personalized and digital learning? The Leadership in Personalized and Digital Learning (LPDL) program offers a job-embedded professional learning experience to prepare you to lead a personalized learning transition in your school.

This program is a series of 5 trainings throughout the 2018-19 school year, facilitated by Katie Algrim from the Kane ROE and Lauren Lipsey from the Lake ROE. They will be at the Lake County High School Technology Campus in Grayslake, IL. The cost to register is $150, and an additional $25 to earn Administrator Academy credit.

Make Sure Your School is Enrolled in the 2018-19 Spelling Bee
Now that school is back in session, it's time for schools to enroll for the 2018-2019 Scripps National Spelling Bee! Schools can save on money by taking advantage of early bird pricing, which is available to schools that enroll by Monday, October 15th. The Early Bird rate is $160 per school, and rises to $235 once the early bird rate expires.

The Kane County semi finals will be on Feb. 19, 2019 at Herget Middle School in Aurora and Westfield Community School in Algonquin. The Kane County finals will be at the Kane County ROE on Mar. 14.

The Progress Report: Leadership in Learning
Technology continues to make its way into the classroom in new ways each school year, so how do you stay prepared to lead your schools and district through a digital and personalized learning transition? This week's Progress Report shares an upcoming opportunity to learn strategies that will help with your school's transition to a digital and personalized learning model.

The Progress Report is a collaborative discussion space for professional learning. Each post is written by Katie Algrim, the ROE's Director of Innovative Professional Learning. If there are any topics that you would like to see a post on,  please contact Katie Algrim.

Take Your Professional Learning Online With IL Online Academy
With the school year now in session, taking your next PD course will be easier than ever with Illinois Online Academy ! IL 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.

Upcoming Workshops
Assessment Literacy -
Administrator Academy
  Date: September 18, 9:00am - 3:30pm
Location: Kane County ROE 
Cost: $75
PaCE Framework -
Administrator Academy
  Date: October 16th, 8:30am - 3:30pm
Location: Kane County ROE 
Cost: $75
Blended Learning Model
  60 Day Online Course
30 PD Credits 
Cost: $195
Google Tools
 60 Day Online Course
4 PD Credits 
Cost: $40