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#kanecares is off to a Great Start!
August is always a busy time for educators and administrators with the beginning of the school year. This year, they have the extra burden of worrying about COVID-19 concerns.

With the start of the school year just around the corner, we wanted to give educators an opportunity and reminder to take time for yourselves and take care of your mental health, so the Professional Learning department launched a 30 day #kanecares self-care challenge.

Activities do not have to be completed in order on the sheet. Have another idea? Feel free to do your own activity! The goal of this campaign is for YOU to be at YOUR BEST.

If participants post a photo of their activity on Twitter or Instagram and tag @kanecountyroe with the #kanecares during at least 15 days of the challenge, they will be entered in a raffle to win a prize!

It's not too late to join us! Want a daily text reminder to complete an activity? Sign up here.
Did you Hear? We Launched Inspire!
In July, we launched 'Inspire,' the new professional learning subscription box from the Kane County Regional Office of Education.

Boxes come with instructional strategies, activities, and even gifts for you personally!

With each box, you can earn 8 professional development hours by reflecting on how your implementation of the strategies worked. Boxes can be delivered monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, and semi-annually.

Free Programs with the Forest Preserve District of Kane County
The Forest Preserve District is getting creative with ways to keep children engaged and learning outside of the classroom!

Throughout August, they are hosting a summer edition of “Nature Virtually Everywhere” e-programs, which will be available on Youtube & Facebook. These programs will be great informational videos to use in classrooms to educate on nature.

They will also be converting all school field trip curriculum into virtual editions, which will be posted on their website shortly.

There will also be a fall edition of “Nature Virtually Everywhere” e-programs coming later this fall.

If you have any questions or ideas for virtual programs, call the Forest Preserve District of Kane County at 630-444-3190 or email
Thanks to the Kane County Health Department
Last Monday, the Kane County Health Department facilitated a 1-day mobile testing site in Geneva, and in countless locations across the county throughout the week. We want to thank them for their hard work during this time and for keeping all of us safe.

The Kane County Health Department reported Kane County’s first confirmed COVID-19 case on March 10, 2020. As of August 3rd, 2020, 9,253 confirmed cases have been reported in Kane County, including 299 deaths. The Kane County Health Department has created a COVID-19 dashboard to keep you updated and informed with the most up-to-date data. Find that information here.

For trusted information on the COVID-19 pandemic from reputable state and federal sources, visit the State of Illinois, Illinois Department of Public Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) websites.
The Progress Report: Education: An Emotional Profession

In this week's post of The Progress Report, Katie Algrim discusses the emotional stressors revolving around the beginning of the 20-21 school year, and how to show grace to those tasked with making difficult decisions.

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.

Be on the Lookout for Photo Contest Information!
Our annual Kane County Student Photography Contest is approaching quickly! We know the school year may look different for each district, but we still want to give students the opportunity to show off their creativity.

The first week of the contest is September 28th. This year's contest will be themed by week.

Week 1: Nature
Week 2: Architecture
Week 3: Portrait
Week 4: Slice of Life
Week 5: Halloween/Fall Themed week
Week 6: Food
Week 7: Animals
Week 8: Cars
Week 9: Friendships
Week 10: Artist’s Choice

If you are interested in having your class participate and/or want more information, please contact Molly McQueeny.
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
Principal/Teacher Evaluator Retraining

September 9th, 2020

Growth Mindset
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AA2001 - Illinois Performance Evaluation - Teacher Evaluation Training

September 21st, 2020

AA #1865 - Principal Evaluator Competency Skill Building for Pre-Qualified Principal Evaluators