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New Illinois Online Academy Partnership
Illinois Online Academy  is proud to announce a new partnership with  Advancement Courses  that now offer 240+ new online courses for both PD hours and graduate credit. Since 1988, Advancement Course has been a leader in professional development, providing expertly-crafted, classroom-applicable courses to thousands of teachers across the country. We're excited to share this opportunity through Illinois Online Academy!

You can find courses from popular categories; such as:
  • Electives
  • New Teacher
  • Technology
  • Social/Emotional Learning
  • Special Needs
  • AND others!

Illinois Online Academy offers 100% online PD and graduate credit options from the convenience of your own computer wherever you are.

Student Photography Exhibition
We are pleased to announce the Kane County Student Photography Exhibition is set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 13.

The event will be held at the  Batavia Fine Arts Center , 1201 Main St. in Batavia, IL. We will have snacks, hot chocolate, sweets and music throughout the night as we showcase the best photos throughout the Kane County Student Photo Contest.
Student Photography Contest | Week 9 & 10 Results
We have concluded the Student Photography Contest for 2019. We want to thank all of the teachers and students throughout Kane County for all of their help making this contest a success year in and year out! We look forward to seeing everyone in 2020 for another year of talented student photography!

Raising Student Achievement Conference Recap
We just wrapped up the 2019 Raising Student Achievement Conference hosted by IARSS. We had over 850 participants from all over Illinois – 55 counties and 282 individual schools.

This conference was showcased by two renowned Keynote speakers, Dave Burgess who spoke on Monday and Greg Wolcott on Tuesday. Our Keynote speakers were followed by 151 breakout sessions throughout two days.

We want to thank Katie Algrim, our Director of Innovation Professional Learning , for putting in a gargantuan amount of work this year on rebranding the look and structure of the Raising Student Achievement Conference.
The Progress Report: Motivating Middle School Readers
This week's post in The Progress Report is a special writer, Kim Hollis from Geneva School District. She writes about the importance of reading in middle school and how you, as an educator, can implement reading into your curriculum.

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.

College Career Fair - Save The Date
West Aurora School District #129 is excited to announce they will once again be hosting their 2nd Annual College and Career Fair on Friday, January 17, 2020 from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM at West Aurora High School.  Last year, this event attracted many students from the area—Kane, Kendall, and DuPage counties. Currently have many business partners and colleges represented to share information with students. 

Additionally, we will have a resource lounge for participants to gather and receive valuable information. 

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