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ROE Ready to Open June 1, 2020
The Kane County Regional Office of Education will be opening on June 1 with safety precautions for staff and visitors. We are excited to be able to return to offer Fingerprinting, Pearson Vue testing, and licensure assistance in person. Appointments will still be required. Administrator Academies, Workshops, and Network Meetings will continue to be done online. Visitors will be required to wear a mask. We ask for patience as we adjust to these new procedures. Thank you to the Kane County Health Department for assisting us in preparing for opening.
Kane ROE Assists with Training of Bus Drivers Statewide
Did you know that school bus drivers are required to attend a two-hour refresher class each year to maintain their license? The content in the course is different each school year. Topics for these courses include driver safety, school code, traffic safety regulations, professional communication, and student management. 

Since March 13, several of these refresher classes were canceled throughout the state as a result of the shelter in place order from Governor Pritzker. When the pandemic prevented Regional Offices of Education from providing in person classes for the annual refresher courses, the Kane ROE kicked into high gear to work with the Illinois State Board of Education to create an online course that could be taken by any school bus driver in the state. This required creating the online content, developing a registration system, training other ROE’s on the system, and countless hours of discussions with ISBE to ensure that the course met their standards. 

Juvenile Justice Center (JJC) Garden
At the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center, children are in classes for 300 minutes each day. The Kane County Regional Office of Education oversees the academic program in the detention center with the support of our teaching staff. One of the courses that students are assigned to is General Science. Teacher Sharon Sloan is a pivotal member of our teaching staff. She has been instrumental in bringing hands on science learning to the JJC students.

Last spring, Sloan built outdoor raised garden beds with the support of local master gardeners. In addition, she grows vegetables and herbs in tower gardens in her classroom. With the pandemic, the focus has been on keeping the students and staff healthy which has prevented visitors from coming to the JJC. Therefore, our local master gardeners have been unable to visit which was concerning as they are very helpful in maintaining the gardens and the garden club at the JJC.

Illinois Online Academy Partners with Advancement Courses
Spring has sprung! Illinois Online Academy offers over 240+ new courses through our newest partnership with Advancement Courses. All classes are 100% online!

The Progress Report: I Have A Question For You
This week's post in  The Progress Report , Katie Algrim discusses a few of her favorite ways to incorporate better questioning practices into your classroom. Illinois Online Academy partnered with Central CUSD301 to offer a 100% online course Making Questions Count. Click Here for More Info.

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 .

Where Can I Find Information Regarding COVID-19 In Illinois?
ISBE is working in partnership with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to ensure we are providing the most current resources and guidance to support Illinois education communities regarding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak.

The Illinois Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Hotline and email address provides consistent information, answer questions, share facts about symptoms, and provides up-to-date information from the CDC. Call 1-800-889-3931 anytime or email dph.sick@illinois.gov

News and information updates from all around Kane County.

Upcoming & Ongoing Workshops
AA#1801
Gathering Evidence During Observations and Conferencing
Date: June 17, 2020 Online
Cost: $175
AA#3000, 3001 3002
Principal / Teacher Evaluator Retraining
Date: June 11, 2020 Online
Cost: $175