November 25, 2013

ISBE DELL e-Broadcast Newsletter 2013.247—Application, Community & Family Engagement Framework, and the Visiting Teachers Program

Thankful for the opportunity to continually serve you, please find our newsletter that focuses on comprehensive planning, community and families, and instruction.

Comprehensive Planning: Preparing for the FY15 Application for TBE/TPI/Title III Funding

The application process for FY15 TBE/TPI and Title III funds will begin soon.  To review some of the changes in the process this year, the Division of English Language Learning will offer a Webinar on Monday, December 16 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

To reserve your seat for the December 16th Webinar now go to:
https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/353867545
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

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Community and Family Engagement Framework

The Illinois State Board of Education has released a draft framework on engaging communities and families.  Produced by leaders in multiple divisions across ISBE and reviewed by stakeholders and parents across the state, the framework is available for public review and feedback.

Make a point of seeing http://www.illinoisparents.org/ISBE.aspx and completing the survey.  Please know we look forward to your feedback.

Instruction:  Recruiting Visiting Teachers From Spain for the 2014-2015 School Year

The Ministry of Education in Spain and ISBE are sponsoring a teacher-exchange program whereby English-speaking teachers come to the United States to teach for three years and then return home.  These teachers cover many of subject areas—but the chance to have a person from another country “in residence” in an American school is a valuable opportunity for the students, staff, and community.  Visiting teachers from Spain have the appropriate state license and an International Visiting Teacher license with a bilingual endorsement.  Districts interview and hire visiting teachers in much the same way that they hire American teachers.

The visiting teachers make a one to three year commitment to teach in the United States provided that the school district agrees to rehire them.  Participating districts employ these teachers in accordance with local regulations and policies.  Teachers are paid according to their experience and certification level.

ISBE tests the candidates’ language proficiency and verifies their qualifications for an International Visiting Teacher License.

Visiting Teachers have at least three years of experience. The 45 teachers hired in 2013 to work in 13 Illinois school districts are highly qualified to teach early childhood, elementary, middle and high school that may include areas such as special education, ESL, math and science.

Districts interested in learning more about the Visiting Teachers Program may attend a meeting in person or by phone. 
Please RSVP by January 17, 2014 by calling Jorge Berne at 312-814-5696 or by email at jorge.berne@mecd.es  or jberne@isbe.net  . 

Meeting and participation details are found below or on our website.

Who:  Illinois School Districts Recruiting Teachers for the 2014-2015 School Year
What: Informational Briefing on the Visiting Teachers Program
Where:  James Thompson Center, 100 W Randolph, 14th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60601
Date:  Friday, January 24, 2013
Conference Call#:  1-888-494-4032
Conference Call Access Code:  3959821977