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The 4th Annual Kane County Student
´╗┐Photography Contest Starts in October!
Back by popular demand, the ROE will be facilitating a 10-week student photography contest! This initiative recognizes and celebrates the talent within the Art Departments in Kane County high schools. This includes the knowledge and support handed down by the instructors, as well as the creativity harnessed by students.

The friendly competition will feature 10 submitted photos being selected each week to be featured in Kane County Connects , with the first week being October 4th . Does your school have a photography class or club that wants to participate? Contact Mike Ademe at for more information on the submission schedule and guidelines.
Have You Visited Illinois Online Academy?
Illinois Online Academy offers educators access to an online platform filled with over 30 classes that offer both college credit and professional development hours. Illinois Online Academy also offers an option for students to take credit recovery classes online.

The Progress Report: Risk Taking & Mentoring
With the school year in full swing it is a great time to be implementing new practices in your classroom, and recent posts from The Progress Report offer some great insights. One post is about risk taking and using 21st century tech in your classroom, and the other focuses on the impact mentoring others can have.

The Progress Report is a collaborative discussion space for professional learning, with each post 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.

Learn About Computer Science Education with CODE.ORG
Back by popular demand, the ROE will be offering a Computer Science Education workshop with CODE.ORG on 10/24. No CS experience is needed to learn how you can integrate CS activities into your classroom and lesson plans.

Make Sure to Enroll Your School in the 2017-2018 Spelling Bee
Now that school is back in session, it's time for schools to enroll for the 2017-2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee! Schools can save on money by taking advantage of early bird pricing, which is available to schools that enroll by Monday, October 16th. The Early Bird rate is $151 per school, and rises to $226 once the early bird rate expires. Schools that enroll before September 30th will also receive an early registration bonus.

Upcoming Workshops
School Anxiety & School Refusal -
´╗┐For Parents 
Date: September 27th, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Kane County ROE
Cost: Free
Digital Threat Assessment Training
Date: October 16th, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Kane County ROE 
Cost: $125
Digital Threat Assessment Training
Date: October 17th, 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Kane County ROE
Cost: $125
  Date: October 24th, 8:30am - 3:00pm
Location: Kane County ROE 
Cost: $20