Quick Links

State Board of Education


Superintendent's Archived Messages

To join the Illinois State Board of Education Weekly Message listserv, please contact ISBE’s Public Information Division at (217) 782-4648 or weeklymessage@isbe.net.

bullet 2016

April

April 26, 2016 -- ISBE’s Student Assessment Inventory Pilot Receives Federal Recognition; Individuals Sought to Serve on Illinois Advisory Council on Bilingual Education; Training Opportunity for Central and Southern Illinois Physical Educators; Procurement in the 21st Century Workshop; Project Produce Grants for Schools; 2016-17 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Applications Due April 29; Enhance Physical Education with the Presidential Youth Fitness Program; 2015-16 Final Public School Calendars; Districts Urged to Register for CHIRP Web Portal for Criminal History Records; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Educator Recognition; Upcoming Events; Professional Development; Classroom Resources; School Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

April 20, 2016 -- Districts Urged to Register for CHIRP Web Portal for Criminal History Records; 2016-17 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Applications Due April 29; Enhance Physical Education with the Presidential Youth Fitness Program; Midwest Dairy Council Earth Day Webinar; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Illinois Conference on Volunteer Administration Seeks Proposals; Projections for General State Aid by District Now Available Online; Early Intervention 27-Month List Now Available in New Electronic Format; Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program Applications Available; FBI Drug Prevention Resource Available for High Schools; Substance Use Resources Available; Educator Recognition; Upcoming Events; Professional Development; Classroom Resources; Grant Opportunities; School Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

April 12, 2016 -- Projections for General State Aid by District Now Available Online; ISBE Adds Dates to ESSA Listening Tour; Early Intervention 27-Month List Now Available in New Electronic Format; Illinois Transportation Enhancement Program Applications Available; FBI Drug Prevention Resource Available for High Schools; Substance Use Resources Available; Midwest Dairy Council Earth Day Webinar; Optional Alternative Evaluation Dismissal Process Training Requirements; Guidance on Developing and Submitting the Quality School Options Grant RFP; Student Advisory Council Application Available Online for 2016-17 School Year; Final EIS Deadline for Federal Requirements Approaching; At-A-Glance Report Optimized; 2014-15 Driver Education Cost Report; FY 2017 Consolidated Application Technical Assistance Workshops; Educator Recognition; District Recognition; Upcoming Events; Classroom Resources; Grant Opportunities; Educator Opportunities; School Opportunities; District Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

April 5, 2016 -- Webinar to Explain ISA Student Rosters & New System User Guide on April 6 & 7; ISBE Adds Dates to ESSA Listening Tour; Optional Alternative Evaluation Dismissal Process Training Requirements; Guidance on Developing and Submitting the Quality School Options Grant RFP; Student Advisory Council Application Available Online for 2016-17 School Year; Final EIS Deadline for Federal Requirements Approaching; At-A-Glance Report Optimized; 2014-15 Driver Education Cost Report; Illinois Association of Title I Directors Spring Conference Scheduled for April 12; FY 2017 Consolidated Application Technical Assistance Workshops; Team Up for School Nutrition Success Meeting Planned for April 26 in Springfield; Registration Open for Annual Illinois School Wellness Conference; New Autism-Focused Resources Available Online at No Cost; Indicator 14 Update; PUNS Update; School Safety Conference on April 20; Educator Recognition; District Recognition; Upcoming Events; Classroom Resources; Grant Opportunities; Educator Opportunities; School Opportunities; District Opportunities; Student Opportunities; School Safety; Employment Opportunities.

March

March 29, 2016 -- ISBE Listening Tour to Collect Feedback on the New Every Student Succeeds Act; ESEA Changes Requirements for Highly Qualified Teachers; Illinois Science Assessment Update; At-A-Glance Report Optimized; Illinois Association of Title I Directors Spring Conference Scheduled for April 12; FY 2017 Consolidated Application Technical Assistance Workshops; Team Up for School Nutrition Success Meeting Planned for April 26 in Springfield; Registration Open for Annual Illinois School Wellness Conference; New Autism-Focused Resources Available Online at No Cost; Indicator 14 Update; PUNS Update; Virtual Option Now Available for 2016 Seal of Biliteracy Symposium; Input Sought for New Website Promoting Family and School Engagement; School Safety Conference on April 20; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Upcoming Events; Classroom Resources; Grant Opportunities; District Recognition; Educator Opportunities; School Opportunities; District Opportunities; Student Opportunities; School Safety; Employment Opportunities.

March 22, 2016 -- ESEA Changes Requirements for Highly Qualified Teachers; Virtual Option Now Available for 2016 Seal of Biliteracy Symposium; Input Sought for New Website Promoting Family and School Engagement; School Safety Conference on April 20; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Important Information on the Illinois Science Assessment for High School; Illinois’ Statewide Consortium for K-12 Technology Purchases; ISAC FAFSA Completion Initiative; Free Text Messaging Services Provides College Access, Financial Aid Answers; Educator Recognition; District Opportunities ; Student Opportunities; School Opportunities; Educator Opportunities; School Safety; Employment Opportunities.

March 15, 2016 -- Important Information on the Illinois Science Assessment for High School; Illinois’ Statewide Consortium for K-12 Technology Purchases; ISAC FAFSA Completion Initiative; Free Text Messaging Services Provides College Access, Financial Aid Answers; New ISBE Website Provides Every Student Succeeds Act Resources; FY 2016 Focus and Priority School Improvement Plan Submission Webinar; FY 2017 Prevention Initiative Training and Technical Assistance RFP Released; Illinois PTA’s Annual Convention Scheduled for April 1-2 in Springfield; Data Available to Start Estimating Fiscal Year 2017 General State Aid; Educator Recognition; School Recognition; Student Recognition; Student Opportunities; School Opportunities; Educator Opportunities; School Safety; Employment Opportunities.

March 8, 2016 -- New ISBE Website Provides Every Student Succeeds Act Resources; FY 2016 Focus and Priority School Improvement Plan Submission Webinar; FY 2017 Prevention Initiative Training and Technical Assistance RFP Released; Illinois PTA’s Annual Convention Scheduled for April 1-2 in Springfield; Data Available to Start Estimating Fiscal Year 2017 General State Aid; Vaccination of Child Care Staff; Summary of New Rules: Physical Fitness Assessment, Data Collection, & Reporting; No Kid Hungry Illinois Summer Grants; Special Education Rules; Dyslexia; Indicator 13; ; Input Sought for Dual Credit Survey; College Illinois! 529 Prepaid Tuition Program Available to Families; K-12 Districts and Schools Eligible to Utilize MHEC Contracts; New Census Estimates Released for FY 2017 Title I Low Income; Educator Recognition; School Recognition; Student Recognition; Student Opportunities; School Opportunities; Educator Opportunities; School Maintenance; Employment Opportunities.

March 1, 2016 -- Data Available to Start Estimating Fiscal Year 2017 General State Aid; Vaccination of Child Care Staff; Summary of New Rules: Physical Fitness Assessment, Data Collection, & Reporting; No Kid Hungry Illinois Summer Grants; Special Education Rules; Dyslexia; Indicator 13; Information on the Truants’ Alternative and Optional Education Program RFP; Input Sought for Dual Credit Survey; College Illinois! 529 Prepaid Tuition Program Available to Families; K-12 Districts and Schools Eligible to Utilize MHEC Contracts; Registration Open: Illinois Green Schools Symposium Scheduled for April 8; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Seal of Biliteracy Symposium on April 12; Register for Upcoming Employee Evaluations Webinar March 9; ; New Census Estimates Released for FY 2017 Title I Low Income; School Recognition; Student Recognition; Student Opportunities; School Opportunities; Educator Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

February

February 23, 2016 -- Information on the Truants’ Alternative and Optional Education Program RFP; Registration Open: Illinois Green Schools Symposium Scheduled for April 8; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Seal of Biliteracy Symposium on April 12; Deadline Extended for Charter School Program Grant RFP Intent to Apply; New Rules: PE Assessment and Data Collection and Reporting; March 3 Webinar on Food Insecurity and Child Nutrition Programs in Illinois; Register for Upcoming Employee Evaluations Webinar March 9; 2016 Spring Regional Networking Meetings for Race to the Top; New Census Estimates Released for FY 2017 Title I Low Income; School Recognition; Student Recognition; Student Opportunities; School Opportunities; Educator Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

February 17, 2016 -- PARCC Test Administration Walkthrough Webinar Scheduled for Today; Seal of Biliteracy Symposium on April 12; Deadline Extended for Charter School Program Grant RFP Intent to Apply; Charter School Program – Quality School Options 101 Webinar on Feb. 19; New Rules: PE Assessment and Data Collection and Reporting; March 3 Webinar on Food Insecurity and Child Nutrition Programs in Illinois; Summer Food Service Program Information Sessions and Workshops; Applications Now Available for 2016-17 School Grants for Healthy Kids; Invitation to Comment on Rules;Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Register for Upcoming Employee Evaluations Webinar March 9; 2016 Spring Regional Networking Meetings for Race to the Top; Illinois Teacher of the Year Applications Now Available; 2016 Illinois Fatherhood Initiative Chicago White Sox Fatherhood Essay Contest; Rollout of New I-Star System 2016-17; Important Changes to Dec. 1 Special Education Child Count Reporting; New Census Estimates Released for FY 2017 Title I Low Income; Student Opportunities; School Opportunities; Student Recognition; Employment Opportunities.

February 9, 2016 -- Register for Upcoming Employee Evaluations Webinar March 9; 2016 Spring Regional Networking Meetings for Race to the Top;Summer Food Service Program Information Sessions and Workshops; Applications Now Available for 2016-17 School Grants for Healthy Kids; Illinois Teacher of the Year Applications Now Available; 2016 Illinois Fatherhood Initiative Chicago White Sox Fatherhood Essay Contest; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Applications Available for FY 2016 Migrant Education Program Funding; Opioid Antidote Guidance for Schools; School Health Update: Training Sessions; Vision and Hearing Conservation (Screening) Annual Reports; IPHI Training: Pump Up P.E. for Physical Education Teachers; Rollout of New I-Star System 2016-17; Important Changes to Dec. 1 Special Education Child Count Reporting; New Census Estimates Released for FY 2017 Title I Low Income; School Opportunities; Educator Opportunities; School Recognition; Student Recognition; Employment Opportunities.

February 2, 2016 -- Applications Available for FY 2016 Migrant Education Program Funding; Opioid Antidote Guidance for Schools; School Health Update: Training Sessions; Vision and Hearing Conservation (Screening) Annual Reports; IPHI Training: Pump Up P.E. for Physical Education Teachers; Child Safety Webinar; Rollout of New I-Star System 2016-17; Important Changes to Dec. 1 Special Education Child Count Reporting; New Census Estimates Released for FY 2017 Title I Low Income; edTPA: A Measure of Teacher Candidates’ Readiness to Teach; Parental Participation in the 5Essentials Survey of Learning Conditions; Reminder: Illinois Meal Service Requirements; Community Eligibility Provision Webinar; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; District Opportunities; School Opportunities; Student Recognition; Educator Recognition; Employment Opportunities.

January

January 26, 2016 -- edTPA: A Measure of Teacher Candidates’ Readiness to Teach; Parental Participation in the 5Essentials Survey of Learning Conditions; Reminder: Illinois Meal Service Requirements; Community Eligibility Provision Webinar; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Important Changes to Dec. 1 Special Education Child Count Reporting; New Census Estimates Released for FY 2017 Title I Low Income; 2015-16 Noncertified Staff Salary Study Survey Now Available; 2015-16 Teacher Salary Study Form Now Available; School District Annual Financial Report Review Process; Nominations Sought for Annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards; District Opportunities; School Opportunities; Educator Recognition; Student Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

January 20, 2016 -- Final Extended Window for 5Essentials Survey of Learning Conditions; School District Annual Financial Report Review Process; New Census Estimates Released for FY 2017 Title I Low Income; Final FY 2016 Mandated Categorical Prorations Now Calculated; Final 2014-15 IDEA Room and Board Claim Payment Information; Federal Interest Income – Quarterly Reminder; Nominations Sought for Annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards; Charter Schools Program Grant Request for Proposal Intent to Apply Available; Illinois PTA Offers Free Parent Trainings on Learning Standards Through January; 2016 Illinois Teacher of the Year Available for Speaking Engagements; Letter Encourages Safe, Non-Discriminatory Learning Environment; District Opportunities; School Opportunities; Educator Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

January 12, 2016 -- Final FY 2016 Mandated Categorical Prorations Now Calculated; Final 2014-15 IDEA Room and Board Claim Payment Information; Federal Interest Income – Quarterly Reminder; Charter Schools Program Grant Request for Proposal Intent to Apply Available; Illinois PTA Offers Free Parent Trainings on Learning Standards Through January; 2016 Illinois Teacher of the Year Available for Speaking Engagements; Letter Encourages Safe, Non-Discriminatory Learning Environments; ACCESS 2016 Testing Window Adjustment; 2015-16 Noncertified Staff Salary Study Survey Now Available; 2015-16 Teacher Salary Study Form Now Available; Curriculum Revitalization Project Update; Gifted Education Webinar Set for Jan. 27; 21st Annual Gifted Convention Feb. 7-9; School Health Update; District Opportunities; School Opportunities; Educator Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

January 5, 2016 -- ACCESS 2016 Testing Window Adjustment; 2015-16 Noncertified Staff Salary Study Survey Now Available; 2015-16 Teacher Salary Study Form Now Available; Curriculum Revitalization Project Update; Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education Project Earns National Award; Gifted Education Webinar Set for Jan. 27; 21st Annual Gifted Convention Feb. 7-9; RFP Available for New Educator Equity Program Development Grant; Four Illinois Educators Among Top 50 Finalists for 2016 Global Teacher Prize; Revised Child Health Examination Form – for School Year 2017-18; School Health Update; School Nurses Receive Awards from Professional Association; USDA Foods Show Conference Schedule; Applicants Sought for "Schools of Opportunity" Recognition Program; School Opportunities; Student Resources; Employment Opportunities.

[top of page]

return to top