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Principal/Assistant Principal Mentoring Program
The Kane County ROE is prepared to offer to principals or assistant principals interested in a mentoring/coaching program for those in their first or second year of service. The program's goal is to help administrators in their positions achieve success in alignment with their school district's vision and the unique needs of their school building.

Interested? Contact Katie Algrim at
Blended Learning Roundtable
Join us for a free roundtable discussion on Blended Learning! High School Teachers, Principals, District Admins & Curriculum Directors are welcome to join. We will share ideas and resources along with opportunities to collaborate with others.

This event will be held at the Kane County ROE on September 30, 2019 from 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM. This is a free event but registration is required.

Tech Bash 2019
The 2019 Tech Bash hosted by the Kane County Regional Office of Education is quickly approaching! This is a free to attend, two-day event.

You can expect a lot of technology related breakout sessions such as Fortinet, Cybersecurity in Illinois and Zero Trust Security. Sign up at

Project Backpack 2019 | ECC
Elgin Community College is hosting "Project Backpack" back-to-school supply giveaway at Elgin Community College on Saturday, August 3 from 9 am to 1 pm!

School districts U-46, D300, D301, D303 are encouraged to register!

For more information, see or call (847) 214-7370.
The Progress Report: Ah...The End of May
This week's post in The Progress Report writes about the last few days of school, "May Days." Katie gives some ideas on how the end your 2018-2019 school year with some fun teaching ideas.

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.

Illinois Online Academy | Summer Opportunities
Summer is quickly approaching! Illinois Online Academy offers over 50 courses that are 100% online, with many offering both PD hours and through our partnership with Concordia University Chicago, College Graduate Credits.

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is looking for high school students with an interest in urban planning for its Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP) leadership development program. Participants in the 2019 program will meet with other students from Cook, DuPage, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will counties, as well as key regional leaders, to share ideas to plan for a better future.

LAST CHANCE | 2020 Illinois Teacher of the Year Those Who Excel
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is accepting nominations for the  2020 Illinois Teacher of the Year and Those Who Excel  awards.

Nominations are open in several categories, including:
  • Classroom Teacher (Licensed)
  • Early Career Educator
  • Education Service Personnel (Unlicensed)
  • School Administrator
  • School Board Member/Community Volunteer
  • Student Support Personnel (Licensed)
  • Team

All nominations for the 2020 Illinois Teacher of the Year and Those Who Excel awards are due by June 3, 2019. View the nomination form and learn more at
Upcoming & Ongoing Workshops
AA#3000,3001,3002 – Principal/Teacher Evaluator Retraining
Dates: June 13, 2019
Location: Kane ROE
Cost: $150
AA#1801 – Gathering Evidence During Observations and Conferencing
Dates: June 10, 2019
Location: Kane ROE
Cost: $150
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