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It's August - Back to School For All!
We hope you all enjoyed summer 2019! As we have officially turned the calendar to August, we are preparing for the 2019-2020 school year. You can find the starting dates for each school district below with a link to their district page for more information.

2019 Kane County Student Photography Contest Schedule
We are quickly approaching the 6th annual Kane County Photography Contest. The schedule has been finalized and we're putting the final touches on the Student Photography Exhibition to be held in December.

You can find the 2019 schedule here. View last years exhibition here. Please contact Matt Muntner at with any questions.
What You Need to Know - Fingerprinting Appointments
Less than two weeks until school officially begins! Make your appointments with the ROE to get fingerprinted at

If you are being fingerprinted for non-education purposes, please contact our office at 630-232-5955 to ensure we can accommodate you. We are unable to fingerprint for some types of licenses and permits.
The Progress Report: As The Bell Rings
This week's post in The Progress Report writes about helping the students start their days with helpful exercises, mind puzzles or other various activities and what you can do to jump start your day and get your brain started!

The Progress Report is a collaborative discussion space for professional learning. If there are any topics that you would like to see a post on or guest write yourself,  please contact Katie Algrim.

August #edCTOchat - Summer Review
Join the next #edCTOchat on August 13th at 1:00 PM CST as we talk on the topic of "Summer Review" We've had increasing engagement with each prior Twitter chat and wish the keep up the trend on August 13th. Come join!

Follow the #60DaysKaneROE | 60 Days of Tweeting
We're committed to giving wholesome, entertaining, and educational content! That is why our cabinet members along with the @KaneCountyROE Twitter account will be tweeting every day (you read that right) for the next 60 days! Follow our cabinet members throughout the 60 days and use hashtag #60DaysKaneROE.

Patricia Dal Santo - @Santo_Dal
Deanna Oliver - @DeannaDoliver
Phil Morris - @Morris_Phil
Katie Algrim - @Katie092513
United States Senate Youth Program Hearst Scholarship
The United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP) is a scholarship program sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. High school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply for this program. The scholarship sends two eligible students from each state for an all-expenses-paid week in Washington, D.C., March 7-14, 2020. While in Washington, they hear policy addresses, meet with senators, Cabinet members, and officials of the Departments of State and Defense. Delegates also traditionally participate in a meeting with a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and the president of the United States.

Upon successful completion of Washington Week, finalists are provided a $10,000 scholarship. The Hearst Foundation requires that to obtain scholarship funds, a student must participate in the Washington Week program and use the funds within four years of enrollment at an accredited U.S. college or university. Students are encouraged to include history, political science, or related subjects in their undergraduate program.

Please  click here for the USSYP Application . For a description of the program and associated rules,  view the brochure​.
Upcoming & Ongoing Workshops
AA#2001 – Teacher Evaluator Training
Date: August 29 & 30th OR
September 12 & 13, 2019
Location: Kane ROE
Cost: $400
Adaptive Schools Seminar
Dates:   January 16 and 17 &
March 12 and 13, 2020
Location: Kane ROE
Cost: $400
Illinois Online Academy:
Growth Mindset
Dates: 100% Online
PD Credits: 5
Cost: $40
Illinois Online Academy:
Social Emotional Learning
Dates: 100% Online
PD Credits: 2
Cost: $40