Dr. Darlene J. Ruscitti

   Regional Superintendent 

   DuPage County Schools

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Regional Office of Education

421 N. County Farm Rd

Wheaton, IL  60187


STEM News You Can Use. . .

September 2022


The DuPage ROE STEM Squad is Here to Support YOU!

Hosting a school or district STEM event? Working on an after-school STEM club? Interested in knowing more about how we can support your efforts? Start the conversation by emailing Mary Biniewicz.

How Schools Are Improving STEM Education for the Underrepresented

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2020 STEM occupations paid more than double that of non-STEM occupations, on average. Yet, these opportunities are significantly underrepresented. Read how some schools are making headway.

Virtual Field Trips and Websites

Not sure where to begin to integrate virtual field trips into your classroom? Here are some picks for virtual field rips and websites for little or no cost.  

Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching

Nominate a 7th - 12th grade STEM teacher for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching at PAEMST.org.

Nominations accepted through January 9, 2023. Completed applications must be submitted by February 6, 2023.

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Digital Literacy Conference - September 16, 2022

Teachers, coaches, and library media specialists are invited for a full day of connecting and learning about the latest tools and strategies for teaching digital literacy. Click here for more information.

Illinois Science Teaching Association Conference - September 30, 2022 (Wheaton)

Sessions are designed to address topics important to a successful PATH FORWARD for students, teachers and the community that enhances opportunities by expanding, inspiring and motivating learning. Attend in person or virtually. Explore the schedule and registration information

K-5 Mathematics Standards and Instructional Strategies - October 12, 2022 (Online)

Looking for resources to help you clarify standards, learn new strategies, or simply prioritize standards? Join your colleagues in this online session.

Moon Phases and Shapes (Grades K-2) - October 13, 2022, 10:30 am PT

Register for this free YouTube livestream. Your class will join a planetarium presenter to explore how the moon changes shape in the sky, then imagine what it's like to be astronauts that visit the moon. If you can't tune in, browse optional extension activities related to studying the shapes of the moon.

Illinois Education and Technology Conference - November 2-4, 2022 (Springfield)

Learn, explore, and connect with other innovative educators to harness the power of technology and prepare future-ready students. Schedule and registration information here.


Spotlight on STEM Trunks

As you begin planning for this year, consider borrowing one of nearly a dozen STEM Trunks available through the DuPage ROE STEM Squad. To the left is a glimpse of the KEVA Plank Trunk. Find our more about uses of KEVA Planks here. Questions about the Trunks? Email Mary Biniewicz.

Classroom Resources for Learning about Moon Phases for Grades 5-8

Check out this Moon Phases lesson plan in the Kinesthetic Astronomy series, or see how one 5th grade class investigated moon phases using science notebooks.

Computer Science and STEM Networking Group

Join your peers from across the state for a monthly virtual networking meeting to learn about new resources, ask questions, share experiences, and expand your professional network. Details here

Visit the DuPage ROE STEM Squad On Our Website

Explore the website to find various resources and activities to use in your STEM endeavors. 

LTC's Monthly Tech Tip for August 

Here you will find some great ways to save time and streamline instruction. The clips are only about five minutes each.

Send newsletter questions, comments, and suggestions to Dr. Mary Biniewicz.