Dr. Darlene J. Ruscitti
Regional Superintendent
DuPage County Schools
October 9, 2018
Dear DuPage County Educators,

Please join me in congratulating Butterfield Elementary School (District 44), Evergreen Elementary School (District 25) and Naperville North High School (District 203) on being named 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools!

October is a busy month with national campaigns to increase awareness of bullying prevention and bus safety. It is also a time to thank our bus transportation providers and principals. Please click on the titles below for details and additional resources.

Dr. Darlene Ruscitti
Regional Superintendent
October Special Event Resources

Schools and districts across DuPage County have been participating in bullying prevention initiatives since the beginning of the school year. Click on the links below to see some examples of how we are raising awareness and spreading kindness in DuPage County.


National School Bus Safety Week, a program of the National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT), the National School Transportation Association (NSTA) and the State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services (NASDPTS) is October 22-26, 2018. This year’s theme “My Driver – My Safety Hero!” is perfect to coincide with Bus Driver Appreciation Day in Illinois which is Monday, October 22.

During the month of October, we invite everyone to recognize the dedication of our DuPage County school principals. The Illinois Principals Association encourages the use of the hashtag #thankaprincipal to publicly thank school administrators while using social media.
ROE Features
Short-Term Substitute Teacher Training, October 12
Calling all DuPage County school districts who need to increase their pool of substitute teachers! The DuPage ROE is offering the required training for this new short - term substitute teacher license. This training MUST be completed PRIOR to teaching on this license. Although not required or developed for regular substitute teachers ,  the training is also open and available to those educators as well. Click here for more information and to register. Contact D'Arcy Greenleaf at dgreenleaf@dupageroe.org for additional information.

Administrators' Academy
The Administrators’ Academy is a process by which local school district administrators meet legislated requirements for continuous professional development. The DuPage Regional Office of Education is pleased to offer a variety of workshops specifically for school administrators. Below are just a few of the upcoming offerings. Click on the workshops to read more and to register.

Truancy Referral and Procedures, October 18*
*Due to high demand an additional date has been scheduled
This training includes legislative and Illinois School Code correlation, interfaces with ESSA, School Report Cards and policy; referral process inclusive of interventions, documentation, administrative hearings, court; ISBE, Individual Optional Education Plan (IOEP); Attendance Improvement Mentoring (AIM); Active Parenting Education and trauma-informed continuum. In order to continue to complete chronic truancy referrals to the Regional Office of Education, a district representative needs to attend one of the workshops. Attendance by multiple district personnel is encouraged. RSVP to Raquel Wadsworth at rwadsworth@dupageroe.org . Click here for more information.
Professional D evelopment & Learning Opportunities
Scholarship Fair, October 12 
The October Counselor’s Network will focus on the college scholarship process. Please click here for more information and to register.

Kindergarten Individual Development Survey (KIDS) Training, October 18
KIDS is an observational tool designed to help educators, administrators and policymakers better understand the developmental readiness of children entering kindergarten.  Read more and register here.

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) Site-Based Offerings and Networking
Social and Emotional Learning sessions offered through the DuPage ROE provide customized support to districts and schools addressing SEL system-wide. Please contact Marjorie Cave, mcave@dupageroe.org if you have questions and/or are interested in scheduling customized support. Click here for more information. Click here for information on upcoming SEL network opportunities scheduled for November, 29, February 7 and May 7.

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 mbiniewicz@dupageroe.org if you have any questions and/or are interested in scheduling professional development sessions. Click here for more information.  
Developing a Strong School, Family and Community Partnership, October 25
This workshop will focus on the importance of school, family and community partnerships. Participants will learn ways to create community partnerships, develop a needs assessment and create an action plan for success. Click here for more information and here to register.
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 dgreenleaf@dupageroe.org for more information.
Get Inspired: Science & Engineering Practices 2 & 3, November 5
Develop practical ways to increase the effectiveness of teacher and student use of models and model-building in the classroom. Participants will also explore ways to make scientific investigations less rigid, and more authentic and meaningful, without sacrificing a lot of class time. Click on the document on the right for more information. Click here to register.
Brush Up on Science & Engineering Practices 6 & 7, November 19
Participants will revisit the requirements that satisfy Science & Engineering Practice 6, Constructing Explanations & Designing Solutions, and Practice 7, Engaging in Argument from Evidence, while exploring numerous ways to modify current curriculum to incorporate them. Click on the document on the right for more information. Click here to register.

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 mbiniewicz@dupageroe.org . Click here for more information.

Click on the Network name for more information and to register. 
October 19
(at SASED)
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
October 19
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
October 22
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
October 23
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
October 24
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
October 25
8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
November 27
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
November 29
8:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
421 North County Farm Road Wheaton, IL 60187 P: 630.407.5800
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