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Patricia Dal Santo and Deanna Oliver Ceremony
On Tuesday, June 25th, Judge Parkhurst was welcomed into the Kane County Regional Office of Education to officially swear-in Patricia Dal Santo for the next 4 years as an elected official as Regional Superintendent of Schools for Kane County. She appoints Deanna Oliver as the Assistant Regional Superintendent.

This follows up the November 2018 Election:
New Administrative Academy - AA#1865
The Academy focuses on a high rate of interrater reliability using the required performance evaluation ratings. Using case studies, the participants will collect evidence and use the Illinois Standards for Principal Evaluation to rate the principals. Participants will use data collected from the case studies and compare the data to best practices for evaluating principals and assistant principals. This data will also be analyzed to prepare administrative and school-level professional development plans. Participants will prepare targeted professional development, in a collaborative and supportive way, plans that consider past results and contribute to professional and personal growth.

ECC Project Backpack Seeks School Supply Donations For Local Students
Elgin Community College and its partners are preparing for the 10th anniversary of Project Backpack, a community-based initiative to benefit area students in need. Donations of school supplies will be accepted through Friday, July 12, at several locations. The school supply give-away event will take place Saturday, Aug. 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the  Building J  Spartan Events Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin.

Donations of the following supplies are needed:
  • Backpacks
  • Two-pocket, three-prong folders
  • Spiral notebooks (one subject, wide ruled and college ruled)
  • Composition notebooks
  • Filler paper (150-200 count, wide ruled and college ruled)
  • Three-ring binders and index dividers
  • Pencils (10 count, standard #2, yellow wood)
  • Black, blue, and red pens
  • Highlighters
  • Crayons (24 pack Crayola®)
  • Markers (10 pack Crayola, washable preferred)
  • Colored pencils (12 pack Crayola®)
  • Erasers
  • Scissors
  • Rulers
  • Glue sticks (0.21 oz.)
The Progress Report: Evaluation Epidemic
This week's post in The Progress Report writes about the time-intestive work of evaluations teachers and how Katie's past experience as a teacher, principal, coach and evaluation have helped her understand the framework and share that knowledge with you!

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.

USDA Summer Food Service Program
SPRINGFIELD  – The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) will provide healthy meals and snacks to children and teens age 18 and younger at hundreds of sites across Illinois this summer. Families can find their nearest summer meals site by calling (800) 359-2163, texting “FoodIL" to 877-877, or visiting .   
Hunger touches every community in Illinois. Only 12 percent of children who receive a meal at school during the school year in Illinois receive an SFSP meal in the summer, according to the  Food Research & Action Center . Illinois’ summer meals programs rely on community organizations, school districts, and other sponsors who are dedicated to ending childhood hunger in Illinois.

If a household’s income falls within or below the guidelines listed below, a family member should contact the site’s sponsor to learn the benefits of the program. If the site does not meet area eligibility, families may be required to complete an application and provide income, TANF, or SNAP information. Please contact ISBE at (800) 545-7892 or at  for possible alternative methods to meet site eligibility.
211 for Kane County
With more than 1000 government, non-profit, and faith-based organizations providing much needed services throughout Kane County, it can be overwhelming and confusing to know who does what and exactly where to start to get help needed. 2-1-1 is a free, centralized, anonymous place to start with a specialist on hand to help sort out the options. No computer or internet is required, translation is available in over 150 languages and callers of all ages can use this service as often as needed.

Summer Benefits for Teachers
Teachers! Good news - we've put together a list of stores, restaurants, and shopping venues for you to not only enjoy the summer, but to also get prepared for the 2019-2020 school year!

Get Out Of Town:
• With an NEA (National Education Association) membership, you will be able to receive a member discount on everyday low rates at participating Enterprise locations.
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Vacations To Go is the "world's largest cruise agency". They keep track of special offers and deals that cruise lines offer to teachers. This applies to active or retired teachers. Teachers will be required to submit proof of teacher's certification, a union card, or a letter from the school principal on school letterhead.
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• Many Mariott family hotels offer discounts for federal, state, county, and local government employees. Teachers may be able to qualify for these discounts, depending on their district and local area government - To find out specifics, call the Mariott of your choice.
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Crafts For School Year Projects:
• At Barnes & Noble , teachers can receive 20% off when they sign up for the B&N Educators Program. Teachers receive 20% off the publisher's list price on all purchases for classroom use. In addition, teachers will receive special email offers and information on exclusive educator events.
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• With Jo-Ann's Teacher Rewards Program, teachers can receive 15% off every purchase every day. In addition, you will receive a 20% off total purchase bonus coupon when your discount card is mailed to you.
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• At Michael's , teachers can receive 15% off their purchase. This offer is only valid in-stores, so ask a sales associate.
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Treat Yourself:
Banana Republic has an exclusive offer for teachers and students. Teachers get a 15% discount off all full priced purchases. This offer is only valid in stores and not at any factory stores.
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Kate Spade loves teachers! With a valid school ID, teachers can receive 15% off all purchases at any Kate Spade store. Happy shopping!
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Old Navy loves to appreciate teachers. Teachers can get up to 20% off their total purchase.
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Upcoming & Ongoing Workshops
AA#2001 – Teacher Evaluator Training
Dates:   August 5 & 6, 2019 &
September 12 & 13, 2019
Location: Kane ROE
Cost: $400
Adaptive Schools Seminar
Dates:   January 16 and 17 &
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