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Dr. Darlene J. Ruscitti
Regional Superintendent
DuPage County Schools
January 7, 2020
A bi-weekly source for professional development and news for DuPage County Educators
The National Board of Professional Teaching Standards has awarded 11 DuPage County teachers National Board Certification. NBC was designed to develop, retain, and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education and is awarded by the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. Congratulations to these educators! Naperville Community School District 203: Gabrielle Budzon, Jacquelyn Fabian, Maura Guimon-Warren, Angelica Kalat, Edith Nava, Joseph Nikkel, and Elizabeth Skopec. Lombard Elementary School District 44: Jeanne Hostetler and Gloria Wittenberg. Woodridge School District 68: Kelly Neylon. West Chicago Elementary School District 33: Jessica Wanzung.

The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recognized five educators for their leadership in implementing the Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS). ISBE named the five inaugural "KIDS MVPs" at the third annual Mastering KIDS Summit on Dec. 13. Among the five was DuPage educator Michelle Lewis, a bilingual kindergarten teacher in West Chicago Elementary School District 33. Lewis used KIDS data to inform child-centered instruction and provided insights on KIDS implantation in dual language contexts. Congratulations!
Professional D evelopment & Learning Opportunities
The DuPage ROE, in partnership with Illinois State University, is looking for school leaders to participate in an equity micro-credential. This pilot will not only deepen your awareness and competency in equity for all students, but will also provide networking, resources, AA, PD, licensure recognition, and more. 
The pilot will include:
  • An all-day in-person training on Exploring and Deepening an Equity Mindset on March 19, 2020, at the DuPage Regional Office of Education that will prepare for micro-credential submission
  • Self-paced and on-line completion of Guiding Culturally Responsive Instructional Practice (will have until March 20, 2021 to complete this micro-credential)
To learn more about the Leadership for Equity Micro-Credentials and the pilot program, please join us for a free Zoom meeting on Tuesday, January 14th at 4 pm. The attached flier provides more information, as well as registration links to the Zoom meeting and the pilot program. This is an amazing opportunity, and we hope you will consider participating!
Truancy Processes and Supports: Friday, January 10, 2020
This training will include legislative and Illinois School Code correlation, interface with ESSA, and policy; referral process inclusive of interventions, documentation, administrative hearings, and court; Individual Optional Education Plan (IOEP); Attendance Improvement Mentoring (AIM); and trauma-informed continuum. Click here for more information.
From Global to Specific: Updating Your Behavioral Threat Assessment Team
Due to the large number of registrants for this training that was originally held in December, there will be a second offering on January 16 from 8:30-11:30 am. This course is intended for members of a school's behavioral threat assessment team, administrators, guidance counselors, and others. It is taught by Dana Fattore Crumley, partner at Franczek law firm, and David Young, Behavioral Analysis Unit coordinator at the FBI and nationally-recognized psychology expert in school violence. Register here.
Teacher In-Service for DuPage Educators (TIDE)
TIDE Spring 2020 course listings are now available. Partnerships are available with Benedictine University, Lewis University, Dominican University, and University of St. Francis. Click here for more information .
ROE Partners with Dominican University and Brookfield Zoo
The DuPage Regional Office of Education has teamed up with Dominican University and Brookfield Zoo to develop tools to assist educators in sharing information about animals, science, and caring—the things that form the basis of conservation at the zoo and in the wild. Upcoming courses include  Amping Up Amplify (Feb. 15). Check out their complete course offerings  here .
Supporting Advanced Learners
"Understanding Achievement, Growth, and High-Ability Learners": January 22, 2020 (8-11 am). Click here for more information.

Illinois Association for Gifted Children Conference: February 6-8, 2020 in Naperville. See this flyer for details and registration links.
Building Capacity and Curriculum Considerations for LGBTQ+
In response to HB0246, on March 5, 2020 (8:30 am-4 pm) the ROE will host a robust learning opportunity that will focus on building capacity and sharing critical information from ISBE, local districts, medical, legal, and policy experts. Discussions on emerging trends will take place, and preliminary curriculum considerations at every level, K-12th grades, will be explored. A powerful student panelist will reaffirm our commitment to equity. A boxed lunch is included with registration. Register (required) here .
Countywide Institute Day, February 28, 2020
The ROE is excited to launch the   2020 Countywide Institute Day Catalog . There will be more than 50 diverse opportunities for educational professionals to learn from local experts. Click here to view the directory of offerings and/or to register.  
Early Childhood Learning Opportunities
We have had an amazing response for the Early Childhood Countywide Institute, with well over 300 registrants. Based on space constraints, registration will close upon reaching 350 registrants, and we will move to an alternative location to better accommodate a group of this size. There are approximately 20 slots left should you wish to register. Additional information will be forthcoming regarding our new location, as well as confirmation of sessions for registrants. Register here.

The next Early Childhood Network meeting is on February 20, 2020 from 8:30-10:30 at the DuPage Regional Office of Education (505 North County Farm Road, Wheaton). The focus will be Suspension & Expulsion in Early Childhood Education. Cheryl Hazek, from the YWCA, will share information on current legislative efforts being put into place. Register here .
Administrator Academy Offerings
Please join us for a January Administrator Academy. Click on any event for more information or to register. Academies are added throughout the school year, so check the DuPage ROE website for additional course offerings.
This course presents a cooperative and comprehensive approach to school safety and security. It focuses on five areas of school security: management policies and procedures, building security, staff training, violence prevention and intervention and crisis management. Participants will learn how to personally implement specific strategies, identify and involve stakeholders, and access helpful security resources.


Resources for Educators
This monthly newsletter for Illinois civics teachers supports the implementation of the state’s middle and high school civics course requirements and K-12 social science standards.
Coming Up...
Legendary Teacher Traits: March 2-April 27, 2020
Join us on an educational journey as seen through the eyes and actions of a fourth-year teacher as she strives to help affect positive change in her colleagues and bring out the very best in her school's students. For more information, click here.

Trauma Training for Special Educators: June 8-9, 2020
This two-day training will focus on neurobiology, intersections of learning disabilities and trauma, autistic's face of trauma, and writing trauma-informed IEP's. More details to come.

WAIT (Washington Aggression Interruption Training): June 22-25, 2020
This four-day training for educators focuses on cognitive behavioral intervention that helps youth reduce aggression and antisocial behaviors, with a focus on late elementary and early middle school students. Register here.
1st Statewide Equity Conference: October 9, 2020
This conference, which will take place at the NIU Conference Center in Naperville, will be hosted by the Illinois Coalition of Educational Equity Leaders and the DuPage ROE. More details to come.
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