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From the Regional Superintendent..
Reflecting on the last two weeks has been painful and awakening. We grieve collectively with our communities in Kane County as we address the death of George Floyd, systemic racism, and the pain this has caused. We honor the importance of celebrating diversity while recognizing that there is much work to be done to improve conditions for our African-American students and families.  

As a Regional Office of Education, we will continue to work collaboratively with our school districts to support their work with students. With a focus on equity, our students should have outstanding academic experiences and resources regardless of the neighborhood in which they live. We will continue to support professional development for our administrators and educators focused on diversity and equity. Through our participation in community organizations, our goal is to keep the focus on providing intentional leadership and active listening to promote unity and progress moving forward. Our work with the Illinois State Board of Education and members of the General Assembly will include advocacy for equitable programs and funding solutions for schools.  

As we move forward, I am motivated by the life and words of Ruby Bridges as we forge into ensuring that the educational system for our students is fair, just, and equitable. She said, "Don't follow the path. Go where there is no path and begin the trail. When you start a new trail equipped with courage, strength and conviction, the only thing that can stop you is you!"  Let us all join together on this new path.
Kane County ROE Youth Outreach Staff Assisting Students
When the school buildings closed, it did not mean that our districts were shut down. Our students were expected to attend school via remote learning on a regular basis. This was a new challenge for our youth outreach staff at the Kane County Regional Office of Education. We have a total of seven youth outreach staff that work diligently to support students. Five youth outreach staff are dedicated to truancy services, one is a coordinator of alternative programs, and one that is a Liaison that supports McKinney-Vento/homeless unaccompanied youth.  
ISBE Extends Nomination Deadline for Those Who Excel
The ISBE has extended the nomination deadline for the Those Who Excel Award until June 26, 2020. An outstanding educator is nominated by someone with firsthand knowledge of the qualities possessed by the nominee that makes them worthy of statewide recognition.
Nominations and letters of recommendation are submitted electronically at ThoseWhoExcel
The Progress Report: Professional Reinvention
This week's post in  The Progress Report , Katie Algrim discusses how it is hard to find time to "reinvent" yourself as a professional and how important it is to find time for reflection.

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 .

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!

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.

Upcoming & Ongoing Workshops
Teaching Diversity
Date: 100% Online
Cost: $195
Graduate Credit Available
Empowering Students through Educational Equity
Date: 100% Online
Cost: $199
Graduate Credit Available