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Two Weeks Left to Sign Up for the November "Inspire" Box

Have you subscribed yet for the November Inspire box? The November box's theme is Questioning Strategies.

Inspire is a professional learning subscription box that comes with strategies, activities to implement in the classroom, and gifts for teachers to use both in and out of the classroom!

"I have been inspired to begin class by using the question cards. Teaching remotely this quarter has been a challenge to get kids talking, so now each day as students are entering my class, I use one of the questions on the ring to start a conversation. The simple act of asking an engaging personal question has increased my ability to make a connection and to build a relationship with my students," reflects Jen Lancaster, an educator from District 129, on her first box.

Jimmy Pawola, a US History teacher, says “I enjoyed the 'My S.T.O.R.Y' exercise and the question cards. Both activities lead to meaningful discussion in my class.”

“What a simple, yet meaningful way to encourage your students all year long!" says Jessica Mina, an elementary educator reflecting on the thumbs up cards. "I've been teaching for close to twenty years and just recently discovered how a small note or word of encouragement to a child can completely brighten their day. I have added these "thumbs up" cards to the notes I have used previously and can physically feel a difference in the room."

What can Inspire add to your classroom? Subscribe to get the November Box Here
ROE Photo Contest Weeks 2 & 3
The photo contest is still going strong! The last two weeks saw great submissions.

For week two, the theme was nature. To check out the top 10 from the second week, visit here.

For week three, the theme was portraits. To check out the top 10 from the second week, visit here.

Haven't signed your high school photography class up to participate yet? Email Molly McQueeny to get your class set up.
Testing Center and Fingerprinting are in Full Swing

The Kane ROE office is now fully COVID-19 compliant! Our testing center has plexiglass installed between every computer to allow for a shield between any harmful spread, and the computers are spaced 6 feet apart.

In our main office, we have also added contactless methods of payment. You can now use your phone or your watch to pay, but it you still prefer using a card, we are equipped for that as well.

To schedule a test, head to our website.
The Progress Report: Writing & Photography - The Possibilities Are Endless
In this week's post of The Progress Report, Katie Algrim discusses how to incorporate photography into classroom curriculum to give students a chance to be more expressive and show themselves in a way without using words.

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.

New Employee at the ROE
Marisela Fonseca has joined our team as a Licensure Specialist. Marisela comes to us from Family First, where she served as the After School Program Coordinator.

We are excited to have Marisela on board! For the most updated staff directory, visit here.
Catlin Tucker Visits the ROE
Are you excited for Dr. Catlin Tucker's upcoming presentations at the ROE? Catlin Tucker is a renowned Google Certified Innovator, bestselling author, international trainer, and keynote speaker.

She has written multiple books, including Balance with Blended Learning, Power Up Blended Learning, and Blended Learning in Action. She also has her own podcast, The Balance.

Catlin will be joining us on October 22nd & January 21st for Using the 5Es Instructional Model to Create a Student-Centered Lesson in a Remote, Hybrid, and In-Person Setting. The October workshop is geared toward K-5 Learning and the January Workshop will be for 6-12 teachers.

Register for the October date here, and register for the January date here.
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

News and information updates from all around Kane County.

Catch Up On Branching Out
"Branching Out" is our new weekly YouTube series with quick videos designed to help educators branch out of their comfort zone and integrate new ideas and technology into their classroom.

To subscribe to our YouTube channel and stay up-to-date with the newest installments, click here.

Upcoming & Ongoing Workshops
AA #3672 - School Finance: A Guide For Special Education Administrators

October 21st, 2020

Using the 5Es Instructional Model to Create a Student-Centered Lesson in a Remote, Hybrid, & In-Person Setting K-5

October 22nd, 2020

Sketch-noting in a Remote, Hybrid, and In-Person Classroom

November 10th, 2020
Free for Kane County Educators!

Adaptive Schools Seminar: Back by Popular Demand!

March 22nd, March 23rd, April 27th, April 28th 2021