October 12, 2021
Happy Tuesday!

October marks Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, and we at the DuPage ROE want to help you create an environment where bullying is not acceptable – whether that be in the classroom, on school grounds, or online. In the Resources section below, you will find links to do just that.

The DuPage ROE is delighted to announced the rollout of a new, hands-on work opportunity and career exploration experience for high school students in DuPage County. The DuPage Work-Based Learning and Youth Apprenticeship Collaboration, which was developed in partnership with College of DuPage Hire-Ed and GPS Education Partners, is designed to help students ages 16 and older access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market. Students enrolled in this program are paid student apprentices with local business partners. Want to learn more about this innovative new program? Visit the Work-Based Learning and Youth Apprenticeship website here.

Are you in need of PD hours? A network to support you professionally? Resources for a specific subject? Check out the opportunities below, and let us know if you have any concerns or questions.

The Fall 2021 offerings for TIDE are available here. Please note that the Spring 2022 courses are now being scheduled and will be available to view in late November/early December.

Check out the latest Administrator Academy offerings here.

Our next training for those interested in being a substitute teacher is scheduled for November 9 from 5-7 pm. Individuals with 60 hours of college credit may apply for a short-term license. This training will be held online via Zoom, and there is a $25 registration fee. Please share the attached flyer with anyone who might be interested.

Networking is a great way to tap into the collective knowledge of your peers. Share resources, ideas, and experiences. Sign up today!

· October 20, 2021

· October 21, 2021

· October 25, 2021

· October 26, 2021: The focus of this meeting will be a discussion of the District 99 master facility plan, with a discussion led by Rob Lang, Lisa Lichtman, and Isabelle Menke of District 99. The session will begin at Downers Grove North High School and then proceed to Downers Grove South High School.

· November 2, 2021: A guest speaker will highlight various elements of trauma-sensitive classroom instruction. Everyone is welcome to participate. More details to come, but reserve your spot now!

· November 10, 2021

· November 16, 2021

· November 18, 2021

· December 1, 2021

· December 10, 2021
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, in 2019, about 22 percent of students ages 12–18 reported being bullied at school during the school year. In 2019, about 16 percent of students in grades 9–12 reported being electronically bullied during the previous 12 months.
Below are resources on bullying, cyberbullying, and SEL/School Climate & Mental Health.



  • Dealing with Cyberbullies: These tips and recommendations outline what cyberbullying is, why it has become a problem, and how to protect students.
  • Tips for Teachers: This webpage provides information for teachers, school personnel, and staff to identify warning signs a child is being cyberbullied or is cyberbullying, as well as strategies to prevent and address it.


  • National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports: This program supports schools, districts, and states to build a framework to improve outcomes for students with, or at-risk for, disabilities, enhance school climate and school safety, and improve conditions for learning to promote the well-being of all students.
  • School Climate Improvement Resource Package: This set of resources, reference manuals, and action guides outlines ways school leaders, personnel, and community partners can improve school climate and create an environment where students feel safe, supported, and accepted.
  • Mental Health and School Safety: This topic page on SchoolSafety.gov features resources, best practices, and strategies to support the implementation of mental health support and access initiatives at your school.
We invite you to browse the STEM DuPage website for loads of STEM information, including resources you can use in your classroom and with families. Also, because we value you & the wonderful work you do for DuPage kids, we will be offering some great prizes in our Website Challenge now posted on the site. The Challenge opens October 1, and entries will be accepted through November 1.

Candor Health Education has a newly updated, FREE Drug Education Portal for students in grades 7-12. Using graphic novels, animated shorts, trivia, games, and more, it will show the impact of certain drugs on the developing brain and body. Enhance your current substance abuse prevention lessons with this portal that includes information on alcohol, opioids, marijuana, and addiction. Your students will enjoy playing the NEW 8-pixel interactive game that lets them create their own avatar and then choose their own path as they navigate through everyday situations and make decisions along the way. Visit the portal today!

You won't want to miss these upcoming presentations.

  • Tues. Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Dr. Marc Brackett — "Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves and Our Society Thrive." Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is the founder and director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a professor in their Child Study Center. Emotions matter at home, at school, and in the workplace. How we feel influences our thoughts, ability to learn, decisions, relationships, health, creativity, and everyday performance. Join us and learn a set of skills to help us use our emotions wisely so we can flourish, achieve our desired goals, and be our best selves. Join the Zoom meeting here.

  • Thurs. Oct. 13, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Dr. Laurie Santos — "What Makes Humans Happy: Strategies for Finding Joy Today." Providing the secret to happier and more motivated students is the mission of Dr. Laurie Santos. She's a Yale University professor who created "The Science of Happiness: Psychology and the Good Life," which remains the most popular course in the history of the school. She'll share common myths and a set of practical, scientifically-validated techniques for living a more satisfying life. The link will be available soon at GlenbardGPS.org

  • Wed. Oct. 20, at Noon AND 7 pm, via Zoom. Ana Homayoun — "That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week: Helping Distracted Students Organize/Integrate Their Online & Real Life Worlds." As students adapt to changing school systems, it becomes increasingly important to help them integrate and organize their real life and digital worlds. To help set up our youth to be socially, emotionally and academically successful, noted author Homayoun will offer strategies on how to support students in building executive functioning skills and gaining perspective on the latest trends in the world of social media. She will share practical tips on how we can make better choices around social media use, managing distractions, and overall wellness. Click here for the Noon session and here for the 7 pm session.
Health & Medicine Policy Research Group is conveningIllinois Aging Together, a statewide movement for aging equity. This campaign seeks to have the State of Illinois demonstrate a new level of commitment to supporting Illinois’ rapidly aging population, families and caregivers, and equitable aging across the life course.  
Part of this campaign is the Illinois Aging Together Policy Academy. The Academy is comprised of two 90-minute sessions, integrating technical information with group discussion. This is an excellent opportunity for learning, advocacy, and networking for individuals with personal and professional interest in aging equity and can accommodate diverse levels of experience and knowledge. There are currently three Academies scheduled: 
  • October 22 and 29 (Fridays 9-10:30AM). Register here.  
  • November 4 and 11 (Thursdays 3-4:30PM). Register here.  
  • November 29 and December 6 (Mondays 6:30-8PM). Register here.  
This educational opportunity is for interested individuals to discover more about trends in aging in Illinois and to learn how to describe these trends through social and health equity lenses. Attendees will learn how to apply this knowledge in advocacy settings while gaining the tools they need to effectively engage in the Illinois Aging Together campaign as an ambassador.  
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