An IL-EMPOWER approved learning partner  
Dr. Darlene J. Ruscitti
Regional Superintendent
DuPage County Schools
October 6, 2020

As the days get shorter, the shadows get longer, and the air gets crisper, we hope you are finding a rhythm to your days. Take time to enjoy the many colors that autumn paints with—hues and shades that no other season can provide.

Below you will find many learning opportunities and resources to help you be more effective, more creative, and more efficient in your area of expertise. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Administrator Academies
The DuPage ROE is now offering a number of Administrator Academies virtually via the Zoom platform. Please see the attached flyer for dates and course offerings.

There is limited time to register for remaining fall TIDE online courses. See this link for a complete listing.

Special AA Opportunities
The ROE is pleased to present two special Administrator Academies: "Implementing SEL System-wide to Improve Student Achievement" and "Title IX: Responding to Discrimination on the Basis of Sex." For more information on these academies, click here.

Short-Term Sub Training
Spread the word: Short-term substitute teacher training will take place on Sept. 24 via Zoom. Click here for more information.
Teaching the Holocaust, Empowering Students
A nationwide survey released last month shows that among Millennials and GenZ, 63 percent did not know 6 million Jews were murdered in the Holocaust. In order to keep the lessons learned from that awful time in history intact, teaching about it is crucial. In this course, participants will explore and gain access to a range of classroom content and consider instructional enhancements to support students’ study and reflection of the history of the Holocaust and its meaning in the world today. Educators will enhance their own knowledge about the Holocaust, including the history of antisemitism, and build confidence and capacity to teach this complex subject. For more information, click here.
Motivating and Managing Hard-to-Reach, Uninterested, and Disruptive Students
October 28 via Zoom
During this training, you will discover what it means, from a kid's perspective, to be labeled as a special education student, and the six reasons students misbehave. You will learn how to defuse behaviors and utilize social emotional learning methods that model respect and promote responsible decision making. For more information, click here.
Early Childhood New Teacher Program (DuPage ROE and STARTNET)
As the number of EC new hires is usually a small number in each district, the EC Network Steering Team thought that it would be beneficial to bring EC teacher new hires from across the county together to share professional development in some common areas such as curriculum, instruction, classroom setup, play-based instruction, SEL, etc. In this program design, the ROE would work in partnership with STARNET to offer professional development sessions. There will be no registration cost. We have a small group of educators interested in starting, but are hopeful to add a few more. Please click here to participate in a very short survey regarding your district's participation.
October 13: Early Childhood
The focus of this meeting will be Community Resources with presentations by DuPage County Community Resource System (CRIS) and the YWCA.

October 21: School Nurses
This meeting will focus on nursing in a COVID-19 world. For more info on this and future nursing networks, click here.

November 6: PreK-3rd Grade


October 28: Gifted Network
"Achieving Equity in Advanced Academic Programming"
This network will highlight equity and access to advanced academic programming. April Wells, Gifted Coordinator, U-46 and the author of Achieving Equity in Gifted Programming: Dismantling Barriers and Tapping Potential, will join us for a segment of our meeting time.

"Identification and Programming for Advanced Academics during Hybrid and Remote Learning"
This network session provides an opportunity to collaboratively consider and share revised processes to determine placement in advanced academic programming as well as current strategies for providing services during hybrid and remote learning. 

October 26–December 11: Online Book Study
Modern Curriculum for Gifted and Advanced Academic Students
Check out the latest STEM newsletter.

The Illinois Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages will hold its fall conference later this month. Click here for more information.

The latest "Civics in the Middle" newsletter is now available here.

Mobile, drive-through COVID-19 testing is available in West Chicago, Carol Stream, and Bensenville. If you have constituents in those towns, please download these flyers, available in English and Spanish.

Learn the basics of domestic violence and how to help a friend or family member on October 14 in a virtual session. Click here for more information.

A Virtual Date with History: "Harriet Tubman and The Combahee River Raid," presented by Cantigney Park. Thursday, October 8 via Zoom. For more information, click here.

Read here how low-cost, microcredential-based PD can improve expertise in student-centered learning.

Read here how to support English language learners during COVID-19.

Local environmental news for DuPage County: Green Bulletin

Thinking about moving your career forward? Join North Central College for an instant admissions webinar on October 14 or November 18. More information is here.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum has several interactive virtual offerings for educators, including a professional development series. Check it all out here.
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Thank you for your dedication and creative, compassionate care for the children of DuPage County.
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