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Dr. Darlene J. Ruscitti
Regional Superintendent
DuPage County Schools
November 6, 2018
Dear DuPage County Educators,

It is with great pride that I share with you the DuPage Regional Office of Education’s Annual Report. This report provides a glimpse into the many activities, programs and supports that the ROE provided during the 2017 – 2018 school year. We are proud of the work that we do on behalf of students and look forward to another year of collaborating with all DuPage County educators and stakeholders. A clickable link is below in our November Highlights section.

During this season of Thanksgiving, I want to take a moment to thank all of you for your dedication to the students of DuPage County. We have so much to be thankful for and my wish is that each of you have a chance to spend quality time with family and friends. 

A special thank you to our school board members who volunteer countless hours to help support education in Illinois. School Board Members Day, organized by the Illinois Association of School Boards (IASB), is November 15 and National School Board Recognition Month is scheduled for January. 

Dr. Darlene Ruscitti
Regional Superintendent

Tuesday Times Holiday Schedule
*As we head into the holiday season, the Tuesday Times will be delivered on an abbreviated schedule. Tuesday Times will go out on November 27, December 18 and January 8, 2019.
November Highlights
Annual Report Released

Highlights of the 2017 - 2018 school year have been captured in the ROE's Annual Report. Click here to view the publication.
School Board Members Day

November 15 is designated as School Board Members Day in Illinois. Click here to view resources.
Those Who Excel Awards

Congratulations to the DuPage County Those Who Excel award recipients. Click here to see a list of DuPage honorees
ROE Features
Remaining Administrator Academies for November!

KIDS Virtual Professional Learning Community (PLC), November 8, 29 and December 6
The DuPage Regional Office of Education, in partnership with the Illinois State Board of Education KIDS Coach, is pleased to launch PLCs to build background on the Illinois KIDS Assessment. The purpose of these sessions will be to debrief, share ideas and learn more about the KIDS Assessment. Click here for more information and to register. 
Professional D evelopment & Learning Opportunities
Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Networking, November 29
This networking meeting will focus on what two DuPage school districts are doing to address SEL and measurement. Click here to register. Attendees will learn more about:
  • How districts/schools can measure and understand students’ social-emotional learning.
  • How schools can use SEL data to support students’ growth.
  • The types of approaches and practices being implemented.
  • How classroom teachers are involved and being supported.
  • What are some successes and challenges in SEL?

Presentations include:
  • The Journey: From Commitment to Assessment, Lisa Xagas, Director of Student Services, Naperville District 203
  • SEL in Action: A SEL Walk-through Protocol and Tool, Keeneyville D20: Mark Bocian, SEL Coordinator, Emmie Pawlak, Director Teaching and Learning and Debbie Guzan, Principal 

Storylines, an Important Component in the NGSS-aligned Classroom, December 4
In this workshop participants will build their understanding of the storyline design and structure, examine the role of phenomena within the storyline design and evaluate NGSS-alignment of currently used storylines, or those being developed. Click here for more information.

Investigating Developmentally Appropriate Practice and Play-Based Instruction in Kindergarten and the Primary Grades, December 6
An introductory workshop is being offered in DuPage County to deepen understanding and implementation of developmentally appropriate practice from birth to third grade to improve student outcomes. The focus is on kindergarten and the primary grades. Click here for information.

Workshop Series: Program Models That Support High-Ability Learners
One-size-fits-all approaches to identifying and serving gifted students are increasingly poor fits for schools with growing diversity. Contemporary views of gifted education and talent development recognize that ability is multifaceted and malleable and that “gifted students” are extremely diverse in their backgrounds and learning needs.Plan to attend one or more of the upcoming workshops highlighted on the attached flier to learn more. For more information click here .

Gifted and Talented Professional Learning Opportunities
Please see the attached flier for upcoming events to help educators support the Advanced Learner. Click here for more information and for registration details.

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. Mary Biniewicz at if you have any questions and/or are interested in scheduling professional development sessions. Click here for more information.  
The Administrator Academy (AA) is a process by which local school administrators meet legislated requirements for continuous professional development.  Unless noted, all Administrator Academies will take place at the Center for Professional Learning (CPL) located at 505 N. County Farm Road in Wheaton.

Please note that ISBE Retraining Academies needed for Teacher/Principal Evaluators are included in the attached listing.
Teacher In Service for DuPage Educators (TIDE) Fall sessions are now open. New cohorts include Reading, Early Childhood, LBS1 (Wheaton and Lisle locations), technology and ESL. Also available are two new Climate Change courses designed to build upon the understanding in the content area of ELA/SCIENCE/RESEARCH around Climate Change.

Please email D'Arcy Greenleaf at for more information.
Creating and Nurturing STEM Learners, November 14
Dr. Jay Thomas will discuss his research on creativity and motivation as it pertains to STEM learning and Leslie Kressin will share her experiences as a student and professional in a STEM field. The event is open to parents, students, educators and community members and there is no cost for this event. To register, email . Click here for more information.
Click on the Network name for more information and to register. 
November 27
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
November 29
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
December 18
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
January 9
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
February 12
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
February 25
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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