August 31, 2021

Goodbye August . . . Hello September!

As we say goodbye to August and the unofficial end of summer, we welcome September and all that comes with it: cooler temperatures, football games, apple cider, and the changing color of autumn.

Hopefully by now you and your students are getting into a rhythm and routine, and you are enjoying getting to know one another and building positive relationships. This fall there are many opportunities for professional development, ways to grow in your career, network with peers, and learn new strategies and approaches to education. We hope you will take advantage of the information below.

As always, contact the DuPage ROE if you have any concerns or questions. Our primary goal is to support you as you seek to educate and inspire the children of DuPage County.
We are delighted to welcome Matt Jeffrey as the new principal at Partners For Success (PFS) in Addison, which is the DuPage ROE's Safe School for 6th-12th grade students. Matt has been working in the field of education for 25 years. He began as a 7th grade world geography teacher and wrestling/baseball coach at St. Charles High School and went on to serve as an administrator in elementary, middle, and high school settings. For the last 5 years, Matt was the assistant principal at Sam Rotolo Middle School, where he was the lead disciplinarian and oversaw student attendance and truancy. His goals for PFS include building positive relationships and challenging students to reach their full potential. He looks forward to partnering with the DuPage County Schools whose students PFS supports.
The Fall 2021 offerings for TIDE are available here. Check out our offerings, and sign up today!

Check out the latest Administrator Academy offerings here.

The next required training for short-term substitute teachers will be held on Thursday, September 9, from 5-7 pm. Please share the attached flier with anyone who might be interested.

How do you teach students to avoid conspiracy theories without actually teaching them the specifics of such false beliefs? Join the conversation on October 20, 2021. Details can be found here.

Would you like to begin your journey to becoming a National Board Certified Teacher during the 2021-2022 school year? The state fall subsidy window opens September 1st and closes on October 11, 2021. This subsidy pays for all fees related to the process. There is a $75 nonrefundable registration fee. This is the only cost a teacher or counselor will incur. Click here to learn more about the subsidy. Free support is available throughout the certification process and support sessions are anticipated to begin in the middle of September. For more information, view this updated 15-minute presentation and a brief video from National Board Certified Teachers. An informational webinar will be held on Thursday, September 9 from 7-8 pm. Participants may register using this link. If you have any questions, please reach out to the National Board Resource Center at (309)438-1835 or

This fall, North Central College is offering two new start dates for the first module of the online Character Education Certificate. This enables flexibility with educators who may want to take the first 5-week module, take a break, and then return for the next module later. When completed, the Character Certificate provides 45 professional development hours.

WAIT Program
October 18-21, 2021 (in person)
Washington Aggression Interruption Training (WAIT) elementary version is a social-emotional learning program designed to assist youth with interpersonal skills, self-control in dealing with anger, and the process of problem solving. WAIT is an intensive and impactful intervention, designed to promote prosocial skills, improve anger control, and reduce the frequency of acting-out behaviors. This four-day training is open to all educators and will be held in person at the DROE Center for Professional Learning. Register here. The workshop is limited to 14 participants, so sign up today!  

January 24-26, 2022 (virtual)
How can trainers help adults identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illness and substance abuse disorders in youth? This course, taught via Zoom by a representative from the National Council for Mental Wellbeing, will explore the necessary skills to reach youth, communicate effectively with them, and provide initial support as connections to appropriate care are made. In order to be certified to deliver the standard Adult and Youth Mental Health First Aid course to others, participants must attend all three days and pass a short-written exam. (To remain certified as a trainer, participants must deliver the Mental Health First Aid Program three times per year.) This is a free training provided by the Bureau of Justice STOP (Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing) School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program. For more info, click here, or to register, click here. The workshop is limited to 16 participants. 24 PD/CEU hrs. are earned.
Get these networking dates on your calendar before your schedule fills up! [Please note: We are planning for many networks to return to the Center for Professional Learning at the ROE in September, with a possible virtual option. However, see the website for exact details. After registering, you will be notified if there are any changes.
· September 17, 2021
· December 10, 2021
· February 18, 2022
· April 8, 2022

· October 1, 2021
· December 3, 2021
· January 28, 2022
· March 11, 2022
· May 6, 2022

· September 28, 2021 
· December 1, 2021
· February 15, 2022
· May 12, 2022

· September 14, 2021 
· November 10, 2021
· February 1, 2022
· April 5, 2022

· September 9, 2021
· November 18, 2021
· January 13, 2022

· September 10, 2021
· October 1, 2021
· November 5, 2021

· October 21, 2021
· December 9, 2021
· February 17, 2022
· April 21, 2022

· September 9, 2021
· November 16, 2021
· January 11, 2022
· April 19, 2022

· September 22, 2021 (new date!)
· March 7, 2022

Glenbard Parent Series (GPS) presents The Other Wes Moore on Wednesday, September 8 at 7 pm.
Two Baltimore boys from the same neighborhood, both named Wes Moore, were born months apart. One grows up to be a Rhodes Scholar, a decorated veteran, and a White House Fellow. The other becomes a convicted murderer serving a life sentence. This compelling story became an instant best-selling book and is an upcoming major motion picture. Read a firsthand account of Moore's journey and then join GPS via zoom on September 8 for a conversation with the author. Moore will explore the power of personal responsibility and the role it plays in making positive choices. The Zoom link can be found here.
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