November 9, 2021
Happy Tuesday!

We hope your November is off to a good start. Only a few more weeks until the holiday countdown begins! Enjoy this month of thankfulness, and take a few minutes to catch your breath.
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New SELHubs to Address Mental Health Needs of Students and Staff in Illinois

Schools are reporting that students, educators, and leaders have been experiencing increased levels of stress, anxiety, and trauma in recent months and the impact of these factors on the school and classroom environment is significant. The need for increased social and emotional support has been expressed by schools across the state.  
In order to more comprehensively address the mental health needs of students and staff in Illinois, SEL Hubs have been formed across the state through an SEL and Trauma Response Grant from ISBE and as part of the ISBE Strategic Plan.  

The SEL Hub will expand and extend efforts to identify and respond to trauma in our schools and to strengthen SEL programming. Our aim is to develop and implement a comprehensive and aligned plan to address the safety-related, trauma-related, and social emotional needs of students and staff in order to create more responsive and equitable schools and classrooms. Specifically, this grant will allow us to: 

  • Assist schools with identifying their strengths and needs related to trauma responsive programming through participation in the TRS-IA self assessment tool
  • Support schools in action planning to become a more trauma responsive school 
  • Foster educators’ personal and professional resilience and self-care
  • Create and provide supplemental professional learning opportunities related to SEL and Trauma

* The cost for the grant activities mentioned above will be paid by the grant and without fee to schools/districts participating. 

As a school or district within DuPage County, you qualify to participate in the SEL Hub in Area 1. If you are interested in registering your school for participation in the trauma responsive school self assessment, or would like additional information about the SEL Hub activities, please contact Maureen McAbee or Sharon Frys. You can also read more about the grant goals and activities by reviewing the abstract and visual
The Spring 2022 offerings for TIDE are available here. Please note this is a preview of courses and actual registration opens on November 24.

Check out the latest Administrator Academy offerings here.
The County-Wide Institute Day will be held on March 4, 2022. We are excited to confirm there will be a CWID specific to PreK-3rd grade. More information to come!

Are you interested in attending the virtual Elementary Principal Collaborative as a one-time guest on November 11? To check out how the group works, email Amber Quirk for more information.

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The Robert R. McCormick Foundation in Chicago is pleased to offer a series of 14 joyful and engaging 2-minute videos that feature real families and give concrete examples of how caregivers can support their young children as they develop social-emotional, math and literacy skills -- through play, talk and meaningful interactions with the caring adults in their lives. Please share this resource with your school families!

You won't want to miss these upcoming presentations. For more information, visit

Parents as Teachers (PAT), a free home-visiting program designed to support qualifying families with children prenatal through age 3, was pleased to host Pizza in the Park last month. More than 60 individuals participated! For more information on the great work PAT does, click here.

The ROE is proud to collaborate once again with ComEd as the official sponsor of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in our community for the 2021-2022 school year. Together, we can provide students with the opportunity to compete in the nation’s longest-running educational competition. Get more information here. Registrations are due in December, so complete your school's today!

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