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Juvenile Detention Educators Conference - Save The Date!
The 2019 Juvenile Detention Educators Conference will be held at Northwestern Medicine Field, home of the Kane County Cougars, on May 9, 2019. We have special keynote presenter, Craig Boykin. More information to follow!
Join the next #EDCTOChat!
Join the next #EDCTOChat on March 12th at 1:00 PM CST as we partner with #EdFinChat on the topic of "Budgeting for Technology." We've had increasing engagement with each prior Twitter chat and wish the keep up the trend on March 12th. Come join!

Follett Destiny and Collection for the Future Ready Librarian
In this keynote, Shannon McClintock Miller will share the importance of collaboration with teachers and students and what this can bring to a school community by sharing stories, resources and ways to make this happen in exciting and successful ways. 

This workshops will take place on April 8, 2019 from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Kane County ROE.

The Progress Report: That's A Wrap
This week's post in The Progress Report is a recap on Institute Day 2019 and the collaborate efforts of all involved to form a successful day! Katie shares her reflections on the day in much effort goes into Institute Day on a yearly basis.

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.

EduTechGuys' Podcast Featuring Phil Morris
Phil Morris, Director of Ops and Technology, was a special guest on the EduTechGuys' podcast last week – live from ICE 2019! You can listen to the podcast by clicking the link below!

Institute Day 2019 Recap!
Thank you again to all the presenters that made themselves available for another successful year! We would also like to give a huge thanks to all the host sites that accommodated classrooms, libraries, auditoriums and gyms for the breakout sessions.

If you haven't followed the hashtag #ID2019 on Twitter, you can click the link below to read responses and see photos throughout Kane County! We also posted photos on the Institute Page on and can be found through the below link.

Barnes & Noble – My Favorite Teacher Contest
High school students can still nominate K-12 teachers through March 14, 2019, by writing essays, poems or thank-you letters detailing how much their teachers have impacted their lives and why they appreciate them. Entries will be collected online only at , and will be judged on the compelling nature of the teacher’s inspiring qualities, the sincerity of the student’s appreciation and the quality of expression and writing. Only high school students 14 or older at the time of entry and active teachers employed by elementary, middle or high schools in the United States are eligible to win. 

The “Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year” will receive $5,000, and their school will receive an additional $5,000. The award recipient will also be recognized at a special community celebration at their local Barnes & Noble store. The student who writes the national winning essay, poem or thank-you letter will win a $100 Barnes & Noble Gift Card.
Upcoming & Ongoing Workshops
Short-Term Substitute License Training
  Dates: Mar. 19 or Apr. 11
Location: Kane ROE
Cost: $25
AA#2001 – Illinois Performance Evaluation – Teacher Evaluation Training
Dates: July 16th & 17th | August 5th & 6th | September 12th & 13th
Location: Geneva District, Kane ROE
Cost: $400
Making Questions Count
 60 Day Online Course
8 PD Credits 
Cost: $40