Dr. Darlene J. Ruscitti
Regional Superintendent
DuPage County Schools
May 8, 2018
Dear DuPage County Educators,

I am continually in awe of the work that you do to ensure that DuPage County students have the necessary resources to excel. Whether its securing grant funding to provide free preschool to our youngest at-risk learners, passing a successful referendum to create collaborative learning environments for 21 st Century Learning, providing social and emotional resources to families or simply welcoming students each morning to begin the school day with a smile…from cradle to college and career – you are there every step of the way!

During the first week in May, we had several of our colleagues honored for their tireless dedication and I would like to take a moment and recognize their awards:

  • DuPage Region Principal of the Year Award - District 33 and District 204
The Illinois Principals Association (IPA) Award for the DuPage Region Principal of the Year went out to two of our own - Principal Gloria Trejo of Pioneer Elementary School in West Chicago School District 33 and Principal Jason Stipp of Waubonsie Valley High School of Indian Prairie School District 204. We commend the outstanding contribution and support of the continued important work you do in educating our children and providing leadership in today's dynamic environment.
Pictured above from left to right: Jason Stipp, Courtney DeMent (IPA DuPage Region Director) at the podium, and Gloria Trejo second from the right
  • Marguerite Key Fellows Award - District 200
Congratulations to Principal Rachel Bednar at Edison Middle School and Principal Debra Klein at Emerson Elementary School, both of Wheaton School District 200, for being awarded as one of the six principals for receiving the inaugural Marguerite Key Fellows Award.
  • Superintendents of Distinction and Principal of the Year - District 201 and District 16
The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), Illinois Principals Association (IPA), Horace Mann Companies along with the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) announced Jack Baldermann of Westmont High School Unit School District 201 as Principal of the Year and recognized Victoria Tabbert of Queen Bee School District 16 as Superintendent of Distinction. This truly represents your extraordinary qualities of excellent leadership, dedication and hard work. It is an honor working with you!
  • Illinois Green Ribbon School Nomination - District 181 
We are proud to recognize Monroe Elementary School in Hinsdale for being announced as one of the nominees for receiving the IL Green Ribbon School Award. Monroe is now in its twenty-third year of utilizing their "Living Classroom Learning Lab" which showcases their dedication to environmental studies and hands-on learning across the curriculum.
Congratulations to all of you!

All my best, 
Darlene Ruscitti 
ROE Features
Save the Date: Back to School Fair - August 1 (see flier)
The ROE, in partnership with the tremendous volunteers and efforts of the DuPage Credit Union, Catholic Charities and other partners is planning the annual Back To School Fair scheduled for August 1st at St. Francis High School. School supplies, backpacks and school kits will be provided and several donor agencies will be in attendance to help with a successful start to the new school year. Monetary donations are being accepted and can be mailed to the DuPage Education Foundation (memo: Back To School Fair) c/o Diane Kucharczyk, 421 N County Farm Rd. Wheaton, IL 60187. Click here to view the supply list.
The Administrator Academy (AA) is a process by which local school administrators meet legislated requirements for continuous professional development.
Teacher In-Service for DuPage Educators (TIDE) Spring sessions are now open.
Culture and Climate
Upcoming Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Events
View SEL resources and register for upcoming sessions near you. Read more.

ISBE Gifted Education Seminar - Summer 2018 (see flier)
The Illinois State Board of Education invites classroom teachers to deepen their understanding of how to teach and reach gifted and talented students. Contact Jeanine Buishas with inquiries: jbuishas@dupageroe.org .

Last Call: How t o Identify and Design Intervention Plans to Address School Anxiety and Refusal - May 10 ( see flier )
The goal of this professional learning opportunity is to increase strategies to alleviate student/family anxiety and stress as it affects school attendance as well as supporting staff members with self-care strategies as they work with struggling students/families. Register here.

Last Call: Free Developmental Screenings at Naperville CUSD #203 - May 11
On May 11, the DuPage ROE's Parents as Teachers (PAT) program will be offering child screenings and preschool program information at the Nichols Library in Naperville from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Representatives from Loaves and Fishes, YWCA (Childcare Resource and Referral), DuPage Federation and Child and Family Connection will also be in attendance.

Living SEL: Practical PreK-12 Applications for Schools - June 7 ( see flier )
The DuPage ROE and Collaborative Classroom, in partnership with organizations supporting SEL initiatives in Illinois, present a one-day conference that will help educators discover new ways of supporting SEL for both adults and students.

RULER Training - June 19 - 20 ( see flier )
In alignment with our goals in Social Emotional Learning, the DuPage ROE is pleased to share the attached information and registration regarding the Yale University’s RULER Training. This professional development is a train-the-trainer model, with a variety of additional supports provided.  
  • Recognizing emotions in self and others
  • Understanding the causes and consequences of emotions 
  • Labeling emotions accurately 
  • Expressing emotions appropriately 
  • Regulating emotions effectively 

Foundational Services Grant Extended
ISBE has announced that the grant period for the Foundational Services Grant has been extended through August 31, 2018. This amazing news enables the DuPage ROE to continue to support professional development work through the opening of the next school year. Email Mary Biniewicz at mbiniewicz@dupageroe.org for more information.

Family Engagement Sessions
Family Engagement training sessions by the DuPage ROE provide customized support for school/district teams in developing and expanding school-family partnerships. Please contact Dr. Sharon Frys at sfrys@dupageroe.org if you have any questions and/or are interested in scheduling professional development sessions. Click here for more information.

ROE Partners with Authentic Me : Parent Education ( see flier )
The DuPage ROE is pleased to announce our partnership with Authentic ME , a provider of quality, parent education material and resources. The goal of this partnership is to help connect schools in the district with educational opportunities that support, inform and empower parents. Read more . Watch video .                       
Click on the Network name for more information and to register. 
May 9
8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
May 10
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
May 17
9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
June 8
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Last Call: Chicagoland AP Consortium at Westmont High School - May 21
AP teachers from across Illinois are invited to attend this year’s Reflection and Renewal AP Consortium on Monday, May 21 at Westmont High School. The event features sessions in 20 different disciplines to allow teachers in the same discipline to debrief on recently administered exams, share best practices, and build student-centered strategies that can be applied to the classroom. Register here.

Updates from ISBE Educator Effectiveness
This year, more than 200,000 educators will have licenses up for renewal. Please share these updates with your staff and district stakeholders. Information about licensure renewal is also being shared via ISBE. Read more .
Resources & Upcoming Events
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