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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. Thursday, Dec. 13, at a new location this year! 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!
New Illinois Online Academy Course - 'Making Questions Count'
This course is designed to lead you through different modules that focus on questioning techniques. This course is unique in that the strategies you will explore can IMMEDIATELY be used in your classroom. You will take a deep dive into the Question Formation Technique, Inquiry Based Learning, & Depth of Knowledge questions.

AA #1597 - Improved Crisis Decision Making for
Safer School Environments
Participants will learn best practice strategies to respond to student escalations, fights, armed assailants, fires, outside emergencies, event planning and other critical events through scenarios and exercises. This experimental learning course is intended to improve the decision making and action steps taken by school staff.

The Progress Report:
This week's post in The Progress Report is all about podcasting. Katie thought the best way to discuss podcasting would be by hosting our very own podcast regarding the topic.

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.

2-1-1 Service Available in Kane County
2-1-1 is now available to those in Kane County! 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember, non-emergency telephone number that connects people with essential community information and services.

This services helps provide resources for food pantries, legal assistance, child care, students in need of counseling and many more services! Learn more at

We've partnered with 2-1-1 to bring an informational video that you can watch at:
Educational Licensure
The Kane County Regional Office of Education Licensure Department serves teachers and administrators with all aspects of their credential needs. The ROE gives information on how to apply for licenses, endorsements, approvals; how to register and renew licenses; and how to enter professional development credit hours using ELIS.

Operation Snowball
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
Improved Crisis Decision Making for Safer Schools -
Administrator Academy
  Date: December 6th
Location: Kane ROE 
Cost: $175
Making Questions Count
60 Day Online Course
8 PD Credits
Cost: $40
Blended Learning Model
  60 Day Online Course
30 PD Credits 
Cost: $195
Google Tools
 60 Day Online Course
4 PD Credits 
Cost: $40