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New Admin Academy #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.

ROE Student Photo Contest!
This year's photo contest has had a gigantic jump in submissions and we are expecting more than double the submissions from last year!

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!
Online Courses By Educators, For Educators
Thinking of boosting your professional learning?  Illinois Online Academy  offers online continuing education courses that are relevant, convenient, and affordable. Both PD Hours and Graduate Credits are available through IL Online Academy.

With 43 courses available and more being added frequently, there is a professional learning course for everyone. All courses are 100% online and self-paced, allowing you to take your professional learning with you anywhere you go.

The Progress Report: A Possible Solution
This week's post in The Progress Report dives into short-term substitute teaching options for the district and how this could benefit the shortage of subs across Illinois. The Kane County ROE is offering a training event to get your license!

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.

Workshop - Collective Efficacy
Join Dr. Sarah Mumm as she presents a hands-on workshop on Collective Efficacy on November 8 th. As a teacher in leadership roles it is important to connect, empathize, and engage in a team approach to improve the climate and culture of your school and increase student achievement! There are still plenty of spots open as this hands-on workshop can help educational leaders work together in finding ways to help the students succeed!

What Does the ROE Offer?
Did you know that the ROE provides fingerprinting services for all our Kane County public school districts? Illinois School Code requires all new employees to have both a State and FBI criminal background check. Last year, approximately 3,894 people were fingerprinted.

Institute Day 2019 - Submit Proposal Forms!
Kane County Institute Day will be on Friday, March 1, 2019. We are still looking for educators who are willing to share their expertise and craft with fellow educators to share your knowledge as a presenter on Institute Day!

We had awesome success with last year's event and would love to keep the trend continuing through 2019. Due to the positive feedback from last year, we will continue to follow the conference-style format with breakout sessions throughout the day.

Upcoming Workshops
School Leader Social Media -
Administrator Academy
  Date: November 5th
Location: Online 
Cost: $175
Collective Efficacy -
Presenter - Dr. Sarah Mumm
  Date: November 8th
Location: Kane ROE
Cost: $50
Blended Learning Model
  60 Day Online Course
30 PD Credits 
Cost: $195
Google Tools
 60 Day Online Course
4 PD Credits 
Cost: $40