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Competency-Based High School Graduation Requirement Pilot; Every Student Succeeds Act; Assessment & Accountability;Rules & Waivers; Special Education Services; Early Childhood Education;Nutrition Programs; Nonpublic Schools;Grant Accountability Transparency Act; In Brief

We continue to celebrate the great work of students and educators across the state, as well as exciting new learning opportunities.

Congratulations to Kirsten Perry, a school counselor at Lawndale Community Academy in Chicago, for being named the 2018 National School Counselor of the Year! The American School Counselor Association has recognized Kirsten for her tireless work to improve student attendance, promote college and career readiness, support social emotional learning, and build a positive school climate. Kirsten has collaborated with students, staff, and community partners to create new learning and leadership opportunities for students and develop the necessary supports for all students to thrive. She strives to make all students feel included and cared for and to ensure families stay informed and engaged in her school. This is an incredible national honor, and we are proud to call Kirsten one of Illinois’ own!

12/5/2017State SuperintendentAdministrators; Teachers; Families & StudentsNo52
  
Rules & Waivers; Special Education Services; Budget & Finance; Nonpublic Schools; 5Essentials; College & Career Readiness; Early Childhood Education; Nutrition Programs; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; In Brief

When I visit communities across the state, I see how you, as educators and leaders, have inspired and empowered Illinois students to make meaningful local contributions. In addition to all you do for the children in your schools and districts, your investments outside of school – whether through volunteer service, donations, leadership, or advocacy – strengthen Illinois communities. As we celebrate #ILGive and #GivingTuesday today, thank you for your generosity. Check out www.ilgive.com if you are looking other ways to invest in your communities.

11/28/2017State SuperintendentAdministrators; Teachers; Families & StudentsNo51
  
Budget & Finance; Nonpublic Schools; 5Essentials; College & Career Readiness; Rules & Waivers; Early Childhood Education; Nutrition Programs; Illinois Bicentennial Celebration; Illinois Department of Public Health; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; In Brief

I want you to know how deeply I appreciate your work to create the conditions for all of our students to thrive. In the face of change and uncertainty, you have shown incredible resourcefulness and commitment to understanding your students’ unique needs and serving the whole child.

11/21/2017No50
  
Data Strategies & Analytics; Budget & Finance; Illinois Bicentennial Celebration; Illinois Department of Public Health; College & Career; Culture & Climate; Rules & Waivers; Early Childhood Education; Nutrition Programs; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; Illinois Executive Mansion Association; In Brief

As a result of many years of really hard work, we now have the opportunity to provide even more support to students and families in Illinois. We have a system of funding for schools that is more fair than in the past, the Illinois Every Student Succeeds Act plan is officially approved by the U.S. Department of Education, and we have new Illinois state laws encouraging innovation and creativity in education. We truly have made remarkable progress together, and we are ready to help lead Illinois to ensure all of our students are future-ready.

11/14/2017No49
  
Culture & Climate; Every Student Succeeds Act; Budget & Finance; Rules & Waivers; Early Childhood Education; Nutrition Programs; Charter Schools; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; In Brief

As a state agency, we are choosing to champion progress while naming the deep gaps that persist in our state. We are acknowledging Illinois educators as leaders for a healthier and more economically secure future. Illinois is making progress generally and specifically we have to do much more to help the children and families in greatest need. There are historical structural inequities in our cities and towns, and increasing numbers of families that are living in distress (studying the research on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) underscores the necessity of trauma-informed practice in our schools). We can simultaneously understand this context and recognize growth. Acknowledging that we are doing some things well does not mean we don’t see the inequity around us, recognize we have to improve our practice, and feel the urgency to help more students thrive by meeting their individual needs.

11/7/2017No48
  
Budget and Finance, Charter Schools, Every Student Succeeds Act, Rules & Waivers,Grant Accountability Transparency Act, Nutrition Programs

​This past Saturday evening, I had the pleasure of honoring 235 educators, educational leaders, and support personnel at the 43rd annual Those Who Excel/Illinois Teacher of the Year banquet in Normal. It was exciting to be joined by almost a thousand people to celebrate exceptional leadership and the work of communities across the state to create safe and healthy high-quality schools. The Those Who Excel awards help us to elevate teachers and change the narrative around the teaching profession. Thank you to everyone who attended the banquet and shared photos and posts on social media with #ThoseWhoExcel to spread the word about these award recipients.

10/31/2017No47
  
Those Who Excel; Every Student Succeeds Act; Budget and Finance; Rules & Waivers; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; Nutrition Programs; College & Career Readiness; Education Technology; Data Analysis; School Health Issues; Special Notice; School Business Services; Early Childhood Education; Funding and Disbursements; In Brief

We all know that ensuring the whole child, the whole school, and the whole community is healthy requires more than any one of us can do alone. Each of you do so much individually every day. Together you work in teams during school, outside of the school day, and over the summer to build relationships with students and help them succeed. I’ve been fortunate to see educators, school staff members, and school and district leaders creating and implementing systems that engage, challenge, and inspire students. I’ve seen community volunteers empowered to invest in the future of our state. Public, private, and philanthropic partnerships are crucial to creating as many opportunities as possible for all students to thrive.

10/24/2017CommunicationsNo46
  
Those Who Excel; Budget and Finance; College & Career Readiness; Education Technology; Data Analysis; School Health Issues; Nutrition Programs; Special Notice; School Business Serivces; Early Childhood Education; Wellness Programs; Funding and Disbursements; 5Essentials Survey; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; In Brief

One of the best parts about being State Superintendent is having the opportunity to visit schools and connect with educators across the state. The effective and promising practices I see every week are important to share and celebrate. I’ve had the opportunity to see students and teachers doing remarkable work together in classrooms in communities all over Illinois.  The principals who walk me through their buildings are so proud of their kids and their staff.  This week is Principals Appreciation week and October is National Principals Appreciation Month. Please take a moment to appreciate and recognize the principals you know. Their work is as challenging as it is rewarding.

10/17/2017CommunicationsNo44
  
Those Who Excel; Data Analysis; Nutrition Programs; Wellness Programs; Early Childhood Education; Funding & Disbursements; 5Essentials Survey; Special Notice; Nonpublic Schools; Every Student Succeeds Act; Climate and Culture; Education Technology; 
Grant Accountability Transparency Act

​I’ve been celebrating many of the wonderful things I’ve been seeing at the start of the school year.  This week I am also recognizing something positive -- it’s just that the conditions that prompted the recognition are tough to talk about.

​Every day educators and administrators in our schools are placed in unexpected situations that could affect lives forever. When external forces violate our schools, they not only rob our students of their opportunity to learn, they also rob them of their feelings of safety, security, and well-being. This is something many superintendents, principals, teachers, and staff did not anticipate being a part of their work and it has unfortunately become a part of our daily responsibility.

10/11/2017CommunicationsNo43
  
Those Who Excel; Data Analysis; Every Student Succeeds Act; Special Notice; Education Technology; Nonpublic Schools; Funding & Disbursements; Assessments & Accountability; Climate & Culture; Early Childhood Education; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; In Brief

So many of us have been touched by this horrific violence in Las Vegas earlier this week.  We need to keep those affected in our thoughts and work to support anyone around us who is suffering.

10/3/2017Administrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo42
  
Those Who Excel; Every Student Succeeds Act; Data Analysis; Assessment and Accountability; Climate and Culture; Early Childhood Education; Nutrition Programs; Funding and Disbursements; Special Education Services; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; In Brief

As the Mattoon High School community heals, I want to express my deep appreciation for the response of school staff and first responders. They took great care in a tough situation to protect students and staff. My thoughts are with the injured student and the student’s family, the family of the suspect, and all those affected by this tragedy. Please hold the entire community in your thoughts and prayers.

9/26/2017Administrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo41
  
Those Who Excel; Early Childhood Education; Illinois Emergency Management Agency; Funding and Disbursements; Nutrition Programs; Federal and State Monitoring; School Health Issues; Data Analysis; Special Education Services; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; In Brief

I appreciate the continued opportunities to visit classrooms and schools throughout the state and connect with students, educators, and staff. I began last week with a visit to Sandwich CUSD 430. Everything I experienced during my visit made clear that Sandwich educators and staff are working hard to adapt and expand the district’s services to make every student feel supported and engaged. I met students across the district participating in hands-on learning and critical thinking. I enjoyed discussing health and wellness with a Life Skills class at Sandwich Middle School. I learned so much listening to Sandwich High School students in a STEM - Principles of Engineering class explain the proper methods of constructing beams and support systems to withstand various weight limits.

9/19/2017Administrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo40
  
Those Who Excel; Illinois Emergency Management Agency; Funding and Disbursements; Nutrition Programs; Federal and State Monitoring; School Health Issues; Data Analysis; Special Education Services; U.S. Presidential Scholars Program; Charter Schools; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; In Brief

The decision to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program continues to weigh heavily on many communities. The economic and social impact of ending DACA could be devastating for the health of the country. President Trump has recommended that Congress act on immigration, but we still have a lack of clarity regarding the short- and long-term outcomes for the children and educators who are here as Dreamers. Thank you for continuing to rally around the children and families in your communities during this time of heightened stress.

9/12/2017Administrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo39
  
Those Who Excel; U.S. Presidential Scholars Program; Charter Schools; Assessment and Accountability; IL EMPOWER; Funding and Disbursements; Nutrition Programs; Thomas Lay Burroughs Award; School Health Issues; Early Childhood Education; Illinois Arts Education Week; EIS Evaluation and Salary Data Deadline Extended; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; In Brief

I would like to start by again expressing my deep appreciation. So many Illinois educators and local educational leaders have worked tirelessly for so many years to get us to this historic moment. We now have a new, fairer system of funding for Illinois public schools and a high-quality Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) State Plan to implement to create the conditions for every school community to support the whole child, the whole school, and the whole community.

9/6/2017Administrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo17
  

Those Who Excel; Assessment and Accountability; IL EMPOWER; Funding and Disbursements; Nutrition Programs; Thomas Lay Burroughs Award; School Health Issues; Early Childhood Education; Illinois Arts Education Week; Educational Technology; Data Analysis; Educator Effectiveness; Title Grants Administration; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; In Brief

We are celebrating progress today. After historic votes in the House and Senate this week, Governor Bruce Rauner has signed into law a new funding formula for Illinois public schools.

8/31/2017Administrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo16
  
Those Who Excel, Illinois Bicentennial Celebration, Educational Technology, Data Analysis, Educator Effectiveness, Title Grants Administration, Nutrition Programs, Special Education Services
Grant Accountability Transparency Act


​If you have not checked our new Back to School webpage yet, now is the time! We just added a Frequently Asked Questions document to accompany the Aug. 9 Back to School webinar recording and presentation. Thank you again to all who submitted questions. We will update the FAQ as needed. I also recorded a short welcome back video​ in partnership with the Ed Leaders Network to share more information about ISBE’s vision and charge for the year and to express my appreciation for all the work that you do every day to make students feel well known and well cared for.

8/22/2017Administrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo15
  
Title Grants Administration; Nutrition Programs; Special Education Services; Educational Technology; Early Childhood Education; Educator Effectiveness; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; In Brief

I know you are all hoping the funding questions get resolved as quickly as possible. We continue to provide numbers and requested bill analyses to decision-makers. We are hoping for a more adequate and equitable outcome.

8/15/2017Administrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo9
  
Nutrition Programs; Back to School; Educational Technology; School Health and Wellness; Early Childhood Education; Educator Effectiveness; IL-EMPOWER; Data Analysis; English Learners; Nonpublic Schools; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; In Brief

We remain committed to equity and to addressing the needs of every child in Illinois as schools and districts across the state launch into the school year. We understand that children come to our schools with interconnected learning environments that we need to acknowledge and value. ISBE staff are continuing to build relationships with districts and deepen our dialogue to better support you and serve all children.

8/8/2017Administrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo8
  
Back to School; Educator Effectiveness; IL-EMPOWER; Early Childhood Education; Data Analysis; English Learners; Illinois Bicentennial Celebration; School Health and Wellness; School Business Services; Nonpublic Schools; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; In Brief

As we head into the 2017-18 school year, I want to begin by thanking you for your unwavering dedication to serving the children of Illinois. I am energized by your innovative ideas and your commitment to embracing the whole child model and serving our children with a comprehensive approach.

8/1/2017Administrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo6
  
Illinois Bicentennial Celebration; Back to School; Nutrition Programs; School Business Services; School Health and Wellness; Nonpublic Schools; Title II & Title IV; Early Childhood Education; Charter Schools; Funding & Disbursements; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; In Brief

Check out upcoming dates and deadlines, as well as important updates and information from ISBE.​

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​Title II & Title IV,Back to School, Early Childhood Education, English Learners, Charter Schools, Funding & Disbursements, Educator Effectiveness, Grant Accountability Transparency Act, In Brief 


Check out upcoming dates and deadlines, as well as important updates and information from ISBE.​

/Documents_Superintendent_Weekly_Message/message-07182017.pdf7/18/2017Administrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo
  

English Learners, Charter Schools, Funding & Disbursements, Educator Effectiveness, U.S. Department of Education, Rules and Waivers, Nonpublic Schools, Grant Accountability Transparency Act

Check out upcoming dates and deadlines, as well as important updates and information from ISBE.

/Documents_Superintendent_Weekly_Message/message-07112017.pdf7/11/2017CommunicationsNo
  
​U.S. Department of Education, Rules and Waivers, 
Nonpublic Schools, Illinois Community College Board, Illinois Report Card, Special Education Services, Data Analysis, Grant Accountability Transparency Act, 


Check out upcoming dates and deadlines, as well as important updates and information from ISBE.

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Illinois Community College Board; Illinois Report Card; Special Education Services; Rules and Waivers; Data Analysis; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; In Brief

We are collaborating with stakeholders and other agencies to identify and address local needs in an effort to create systems in Illinois that support all students to and through college and career. As I mentioned in last week’s column, the Postsecondary and Career Expectations (PaCE) framework, which was developed by ISBE along with the Illinois Community College Board, the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Illinois Student Assistance Commission, and stakeholders, will help students select the right postsecondary option, prepare for careers, and access financial aid opportunities.

https://www.isbe.net/Documents_Superintendent_Weekly_Message/message-06272017.pdf6/27/2017CommunicationsNo
  

Every Student Succeeds Act; Nutrition Programs; Special Education Services; Rules and Waivers; Early Childhood Education; Charter Schools; Data Analysis; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; In Brief

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), signed into law on December 10, 2015, creates an extraordinary opportunity to transform our education systems. ISBE worked with stakeholders during 2016 and early 2017 to create the required ESSA state plan. In the plan, ISBE identified various commitments to further deliberate with our stakeholders. One of these commitments is to receive a recommendation from stakeholders on a new English Learner (EL) reclassification score on ACCESS 2.0 no later than June 30, 2017.

https://www.isbe.net/Documents_Superintendent_Weekly_Message/message-06212017.pdf6/21/2017CommunicationsNo
  
Data Analysis; Every Student Succeeds Act; Nutrition Programs; Rules and Waivers; Assessment and Accountability; Title Grant Administration; Summer Conference; Early Childhood Education; Enhanced Physical Education; Charter Schools; Special Education Services; Grant Accountability Transparency Act

The school year has ended or is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean learning should. We know it is important that children continue to exercise their brains over the summer to prevent the loss of critical learning gains, also called the “summer slide.”

https://www.isbe.net/Documents_Superintendent_Weekly_Message/message-06132017.pdf6/13/2017CommunicationsNo
  
​Assessment and Accountability, Title Grant Administration, Summer Conference, Nutrition Programs, Early Childhood Education, Enhanced Physical Education, Charter Schools, Special Education Services, Grant Accountability Transparency Act, Educator Effectiveness, School Health and Wellness Programs

​As we close out the school year, I want to express my appreciation for all the ways educators have made students and families their first priority during a challenging year in Illinois. The budget issues have put tremendous pressure on many families across the state. You have found ways to care for and support students as other resources they depend on have disappeared. Thank you!​​

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​Special Education Services, School Health and Wellness Programs, Those Who Excel, Educator Effectiveness, Nutrition Programs, Data Analysis, Early Childhood Education, College and Career Readiness, Charter Schools, Assessment and Accountability, School Business Services, Every Student Succeeds Act, Grant Accountability Transparency Act​

​​I shared my thoughts on President Donald Trump’s proposed federal education budget at the State Board of Education meeting last week. Though a proposed budget is not an enacted budget, the proposed federal budget is not one I can support. So many of the things that we stand for in Illinois – including nurturing the development of the whole child and providing highquality educational opportunities from early childhood throu​gh postsecondary – would be significantly jeopardized by the cuts. We can always work on improving efficiency and effectiveness, but cutting $9 billion, particularly for our most needy students, is a mistake. I have invited you to send stories and data that counter the proposed cuts to essa@isbe.net​over the past ​​month. Please continue to share your stories with us. We will continue to advocate for the supports our schools and communities need.​​​
/Documents_Superintendent_Weekly_Message/message-05312017.pdf5/31/2017CommunicationsNo
  
​School Business Services, Every Student Succeeds Act, School Health, Early Childhood Education, College and Career Readiness, Data Analysis, Charter Schools, Nutrition Programs,Student Advisory Council, Assessment and Accountability, Educator Effectiveness, Funding and Disbursements, Title Grant Administration, Grant Accountability Transparency Act


​Once again, the school year is ending and our high school seniors are putting on their graduation caps. As students in the class of 2017 exit their school doors, I am confident in your work to prepare them for an ever-evolving world. I know that you have had to confront financial challenges and make painful choices to continue to provide students with innovative learning experiences, diverse curricula, and leadership opportunities in a safe and supportive school environment. Your work to foster the development of the whole child and meet the strengths and needs of all students from preschool through high school will carry them through to the next steps in their journeys. Thank you for your diligence and commitment to equipping our students with the knowledge and skills they need to thrive in college, career, and beyond.​​

https://www.isbe.net/Documents_Superintendent_Weekly_Message/message-05232017.pdf5/23/2017CommunicationsNo
  
​Student Advisory Council; Assessment and Accountability; Educator Effectiveness; Funding and Disbursements; Every Student Succeeds Act; Computer Banc Pilot Program; U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Program; Title Grant Administration; Nutrition Programs; Grant Accountability Transparency Act


​Families across the state continue to grapple with distress and trauma, strains that are particularly heightened with cuts to social services. Our students experience these strains, too. As a result, educators are going above and beyond to support students so they can come to class ready to learn. I am so appreciative of the work our teachers do to make up for these gaps.​

https://www.isbe.net/Documents_Superintendent_Weekly_Message/message-05162017.pdf5/16/2017CommunicationsNo
  
Every Student Succeeds Act; Computer Banc Pilot Program; U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Program; Title Grant Administration; Nutrition Programs; Funding & Disbursements; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; U.S. Presidential Scholars Program;Charter Schools

​I have spent a lot of time reflecting on the role that teachers have played in my life. I think everyone can point to a teacher who made a difference for them, whether it was supporting them through a difficult period or pushing them to consider new perspectives and ideas. I believe we should show appreciation for our teachers every week, but this week presents us with a special opportunity to thank them for motivating, challenging, and inspiring our students across the continuum of early childhood through postsecondary education and career.

https://www.isbe.net/Documents_Superintendent_Weekly_Message/message-05092017.pdf5/9/2017CommunicationsAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo
  
​U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, Charter Schools, Nutrition Programs, Funding & Disbursement, Rules & Waivers, Illinois Report Card, School Health Issues, Data Analysis, Grant Accountability &Transparency Act

​Educators share responsibility with families and community members for caring for the whole child. Both stakeholders and ISBE were deliberate throughout the development of the ESSA State Plan for Illinois in highlighting the importance of providing educators with resources and support to create safe and responsive school climates that meet students’ unique needs.

https://www.isbe.net/Documents_Superintendent_Weekly_Message/message-05022017.pdf5/2/2017CommunicationsAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo
  
​Funding & Disbursements, Rules & Waivers, Illinois Report Card, School Health Issues, Nutrition and Wellness Programs, Early Childhood Education, Data Analysis, College and Career Readiness, 
Grant Accountability &Transparency Act, Educator Effectiveness


​It’s an exciting time for STEM. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut Peggy Whitson broke the record for the longest cumulative time spent in space by a U.S. astronaut on Monday. Dr. Whitson became the first woman to command the International Space Station in 2008. Check out NASA’s resources for educators and NASA STEM challenges and investigations for students in 21stCentury Community Learning Centers for ideas on how to share the achievements of NASA and Dr. Whitson with your students.

https://www.isbe.net/Documents_Superintendent_Weekly_Message/message-04252017.pdf4/25/2017CommunicationsNo
  
​Data Analysis, Early Childhood Education, College and Career Readiness, Nutrition and Wellness Programs, Grant Accountability &Transparency Act, Summer Conference, School Health Issues, Educator Effectiveness, Student Advisory Council, Every Student Succeeds Act, In Brief


​ISBE is working with educators and administrators across Illinois to build education systems that listen to and serve their communities. This includes making learning opportunities in our secondary schools more relevant for our students. I had the opportunity to speak with Jason Leahy, executive director of the Illinois Principals Association, on the “IPA Talk” podcast last week. We discussed Illinois’ ESSA State Plan and the new Competency-Based High School Graduation Requirements Pilot Program, particularly the ideas of building local capacity, identifying localized solutions, and moving away from punitive accountability systems. You can listen to the podcast on YouTube and on IPA Connect​.

https://www.isbe.net/Documents_Superintendent_Weekly_Message/message-04182017.pdf4/18/2017CommunicationsNo
  

Summer Conference; School Health Issues; Student Advisory Council; Every Student Succeeds Act; Nutrition and Wellness Programs; State Support Network;Early Childhood Education; Educator Effectiveness; In Brief;

Meeting the needs of the whole child is a “whole community” effort. Strong leadership and innovative partnerships are key to fostering positive school environments that meet the needs of all kids throughout the continuum of early childhood through college and career.

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Every Student Succeeds Act; State Support Network; Assessment and Accountability; Nutrition and Wellness Programs; Early Childhood Education; School Health Issues; College and Career Readiness; Funding and Disbursements;Educator Effectiveness; Grant Accountability Transparency Act​

​We have reached a critical opportunity to build more holistic and inclusive systems that support the strengths and needs of every child. With the submission of our ESSA State Plan for Illinois​ to the U.S. Department of Education, we are seizing this moment to create a new vision for evaluating and supporting public schools in Illinois so that all of our children become self-sufficient, well-educated, and safe adults nested in whole, healthy communities.

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Early Childhood Education; School Health Issues; College and Career Readiness; Funding and Disbursements; Nutrition and Wellness Programs; Educator Effectiveness; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; Assessment and Accountability; In Brief

ISBE staff and I were very busy last week in Washington, D.C. We attended the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Legislative Conference. CCSSO is nonpartisan and brings together the leaders of state departments of elementary and secondary education nationwide to collaborate on effective strategies to meet all students’ needs. I currently serve on the Board of Directors of CCSSO and greatly value the opportunities to share ideas and learn from other education leaders who are committed to ensuring that all students are prepared for college, careers, and life.

/Documents_Superintendent_Weekly_Message/message-03282017.pdf3/28/2017CommunicationsAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo
  
Grant Accountability Transparency Act; Special Education Services; 
Title Grants Administration; Assessment and Accountability; 
Nutrition and Wellness Programs; Educator Effectiveness; Early Childhood Education


​Last week, I had the privilege of sitting on a panel at Advance Illinois’ Legislator Forum next to 7th grade student Cynthia Taylor-Cutler from East St. Louis District 189. Cynthia shared her story and conveyed how her amazing teachers have helped shape her into the young leader she is today. She was confident and wise beyond her years as she answered questions about education in front of a room full of lawmakers, educators, and educational advocates. Thank you, Cynthia, for reminding us that feedback and insight from all of our stakeholders—including students— must inform our work.​

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Special Education Services; Title Grants Administration; Assessment and Accountability; Nutrition and Wellness Programs; Educator Effectiveness; School Safety; Rules and Waivers; Early Childhood Education; Charter Schools; In Brief;

It’s Illinois Arts Education Week. Thank you to all of the arts educators in Illinois for your commitment to fostering creativity and nurturing the development of the whole child. The arts promote self-reflection, critical thinking, and cross-cultural understanding.

/Documents_Superintendent_Weekly_Message/message-03142017.pdf3/14/2017CommunicationsAdministrators; Teachers; Families & StudentsNo
  
School Safety, Nutrition and Wellness Programs, Rules and Waivers, Early Childhood Education, Charter Schools, Assessment and Accountability, College and Career Readiness


​When our students come to school each day, many enter their classrooms weighed down by worries and challenges outside of their control. Our students face a range of barriers -- from economic, familial, and societal constraints to health, social, and emotional obstacles. As community hubs, schools are in an important position to nurture the whole child. All students have unique strengths and needs and require universal and differentiated supports to meet those needs. Whole, healthy school communities integrate the resources our students require, equipping them to succeed in college and career.​​

https://www.isbe.net/Documents_Superintendent_Weekly_Message/message-03072017.pdf3/7/2017CommunicationsAdministrators; Teachers; Families & StudentsNo
  
E-Rate Matching Grant Program; Assessments and Accountability; School Health Issues; College and Career Readiness


​Safe school environments create the space for students to try new things, to question and challenge each other, and to learn to be their best selves. All of our students deserve to be and feel safe in school.​

https://www.isbe.net/Documents_Superintendent_Weekly_Message/message-03012017.pdf3/1/2017State SuperintendentAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo
  
​College and Career Readiness, Apprenticeship Plus Youth Program, 
Educator Effectiveness, Nutrition and Wellness Programs, Charter Schools, School Health Issues, Funding and Disbursements


​When students leave our schools, they should leave with the keys to open multiple doors, any of which can lead to a successful future. The State Board of Education has made it a priority for students to graduate high school ready for college and career. In recognition of Career and Technical Education Month® (CTE Month) this February, I would like to celebrate the role CTE plays in equipping students with the skills they need to thrive in college and career in the 21st century.

https://www.isbe.net/Documents_Superintendent_Weekly_Message/message_02222017.pdf2/22/2017State SuperintendentAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo
  

Apprenticeship Plus Youth Program; Educator Effectiveness; School Technology; Teaching and Learning; Nutrition and Wellness Programs; Every Student Succeeds Act; School business Services; Charter Schools; Rules and Waivers; School Health Issues; Funding and Disbursements; In Brief

As State Superintendent, I have made it a priority to learn about and share the successes of districts across the state to encourage innovation. All of our communities benefit when we exchange ideas and discuss the barriers that we have overcome to help our students thrive.

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Teaching and Learning; Every Student Succeeds Act; School Business Services; Nutrition and Wellness Programs; Charter Schools; Rules and Waivers; Gifted Advisory Council; District Emergency Management; School Health Issues; Governor’s Learning Tour; Early Childhood; Funding and Disbursements; In Brief;
Black History Month provides us with an opportunity to reflect on our history as a country and to recognize the important contributions of African Americans that have shaped and continue to shape our world today.
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Every Student Succeeds Act; District Emergency Management; Nutrition and Wellness Programs; Gifted Advisory Council; School Health Issues; School Business Services; Governor’s Learning Tour; Illinois Virtual School; Early Childhood; Those Who Excel; Funding and Disbursements; In Brief


Our children need healthy learning environments in order to reach their full potential.  The health of a school community can be measured in many different ways; safe school infrastructure and access to nourishing food are two such indicators of a healthy learning environment.​

/Documents_Superintendent_Weekly_Message/message-01312017.pdf1/31/2017State SuperintendentAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo
  

​Upcoming ISBE Dates and Deadlines, School Business Services, Illinois Virtual School, Governor’s Learning Tour, Early Childhood, Those Who Excel, Every Student Succeeds Act, Competency-Based Pilot, Funding and Disbursements, Nutrition and Wellness Programs, Illinois Report Card


​T​he State Board of Education met yesterday and approved its fiscal year 2018 budget recommendation.
Thank you to all who participated in the budget hearings this year. Your feedback provides an invaluable on-the-ground perspective as to the support and resources students need. The testimony of educators, administrators, and community members guided every part of our budget request. We adhered to three key principles: aligning with ISBE’s goals; advocating for the needs of children across the state, as identified through requests from the field; and recognizing the need for universal and differentiated support to meet the unique needs of each and every child in the state.


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​​​Upcoming ISBE Dates and Deadlines; 2017 Illinois Teacher of the Year Available for Speaking Engagements​; Reminder: Program Applications Due Jan. 27; 2017 ESSA Statewide Conference; Lapsed License Provision; New Census Estimates Released for FY 2018 Title I Low Income; Final FY 2017 Mandated Categorical Prorations Now Calculated; Federal Interest Income – Quarterly Reminder; Migrant Education Program Application; FY 2017 IMSP Grant Opportunity for Public School Districts K-8 RFP Released; Charter Schools Program Dissemination of Best Practices Grant FY 2017 RFP Now Available; Registration Underway for ISBE Wellness in Schools Workshops​; ‘Fitness Assessment in Illinois’ Webinar Scheduled for Jan. 31; School Year 2018 Annual USDA Foods Order Period Jan. 5 – Feb. 20; 2016-17 Teacher Salary Study Form Now Available; 2016-17 Noncertified Staff Salary Study Survey Now Available; Student Recognition; Upcoming Events;Grant Opportunities; MyIRC Train the Trainer Events; Professional Development; Employment Opportunities​​

​Thank you to everyone who honored the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week by participating in service projects and promoting volunteerism. It is exciting to see that so many school communities have made Martin Luther King Jr. Day “a day on, not a day off.”​

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Upcoming ISBE Dates and Deadlines;Lapsed License Provision;Migrant Education Program Application; Federal Interest Income – Quarterly Reminder;Final FY 2017 Mandated Categorical Prorations Now Calculated;Charter Schools Program Dissemination of Best Practices Grant FY 2017 RFP Now Available;School Year 2018 Annual USDA Foods Order Period Jan. 5 – Feb. 20;FY 2017 IMSP Grant Opportunity for Public School Districts K-8 RFP Released;‘Fitness Assessment in Illinois’ Webinar Scheduled for Jan. 31;2016-17 Noncertified Staff Salary Study Survey Now Available;2016-17 Teacher Salary Study Form Now Available;MyIRC Train the Trainer Events;Student Recognition;Grant Opportunities;Professional Development;Employment Opportunities;

Welcome back from winter break! As we enter the new year, I would like to thank you for continuing to work hard in the face of financial uncertainty to provide all students with equitable access to a high-quality education. Your creativity, innovation, and commitment have enabled us to foster safe, supportive, and challenging learning environments for the children of Illinois.

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Redesigned website; Upcoming ISBE Dates and Deadlines;Final IDEA Part B Regulations Promote Equity for Students;Teacher Evaluator Retraining;ESSA State Plan #2 Reader’s Guide Available;5Essentials Survey Deadline Extended; FY 2017 State and Federal Project Grants – July 1 Start Date Relief;Charter Schools Program Grant 2 Request for Proposal Intent to Apply Now Available;2016-17 Teacher Salary Study Form Now Available;2016-17 Noncertified Staff Salary Study Survey Now Available;Educator Opportunities;Student Recognition;Student Opportunities;Professional Development;School Recognition;Employment Opportunities;

I would like to share some exciting news! As an agency, one of ISBE’s top priorities is sharing information with all of its stakeholders. ISBE will be launching a new, redesigned website tomorrow! We took in feedback both internally and externally and have designed a site with the user in mind. It is mobile-friendly and content is organized and prioritized by audience so that administrators, teachers, families and students, and communities and partners can more easily find the information they need.

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ESSA State Plan #2 Reader’s Guide Available; FY 2017 State and Federal Project Grants – July 1 Start Date Relief; Charter Schools Program Grant 2 Request for Proposal Intent to Apply Now Available; 2016-17 Teacher Salary Study Form Now Available; 2016-17 Noncertified Staff Salary Study Survey Now Available; Deadline for Illinois Green Ribbon Schools Program Application Dec. 16; USDA Plans Webinar on Web-Based Application for School Meals Dec. 15; Organization Aims to Recognize Efforts to Promote Fruits and Veggies; Student Recognition; School Recognition; Employment Opportunities.

We continue to move forward with our ESSA State Plan! The feedback we have received will help us to design supports and programming that take into account every student’s unique strengths and needs and equip all students to succeed in college and career.

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Deadline for Illinois Green Ribbon Schools Program Application Dec. 16; Draft of ESSA State Plan #2 Released; Reminder From DCFS Regarding Suspensions and Expulsions; USDA Plans Webinar on Web-Based Application for School Meals Dec. 15; EPA Offers Dec. 13 Webinar on Preventing Cockroaches; Organization Aims to Recognize Efforts to Promote Fruits and Veggies; Charter Schools Program Quality School Options Grant; Register for December Webinars: Bandwidth for Your Budget; MyIRC Train the Trainer Events; Student Opportunities; Professional Development; School Recognition; Employment Opportunities.

STEM education is more important than ever, especially as we work to better prepare our students for college and career in the 21st century.

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Competency-Based High School Graduation Requirements Pilot Informative Webinar Nov. 30; Draft of ESSA State Plan #2 Released; ESSA Round Three of Statewide Listening Tour; Charter Schools Program Quality School Options Grant; Illinois Classroom Connectivity Initiative Webinars in December: Bandwidth for Your Budget; Illinois Report Card MyIRC Train the Trainer Events; Notice of Emergency Rule; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Local School Wellness Policy Resources Available for Schools; ISBE Purchases Software for NSLP Sponsors; Sign Up by Dec. 1; School Recognition; Student Recognition; District Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

Open and ongoing communication and collaboration make our schools stronger. In my time so far as State Superintendent, I have seen districts across Illinois model this leadership.

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Competency-Based High School Graduation Requirements Pilot Informative Webinar Nov. 30; Draft of ESSA State Plan #2 Released; Round Three of Statewide Listening Tour; Notice of Emergency Rule; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Local School Wellness Policy Resources Available for Schools; ISBE Purchases Software for NSLP Sponsors; Sign Up by Dec. 1; Summary of New Rules: Physical Fitness Assessment, Data Collection, & Reporting; 5Essentials Learning Survey is now open; Notice of State Award and Grant Agreement Pages in eGMS; FY 2017 Indirect Cost Rates; Administrator Recognition; Student Recognition; School Health Staff Recognition; Classroom Resources; District Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

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Center for Performance- 5Essentials Learning Survey Opens Nov. 16; Illinois Report Card - Supplemental Report Card Data Available on ISBE Webpage; Illinois Arts Education Week - Entries sought for Annual Poster Contest due Dec. 6; ESSA: Round Three of Statewide Listening Tour; Nutrition and Wellness: Nov. 16 Webinar: Group Purchasing Organizations, Agents, Third-Party Entities and Buy American;Summary of New Rules: Physical Fitness Assessment, Data Collection, & Reporting; Nominations Sought From Districts for Training Course Opportunity;Sign Up for Webinar on ‘State ESSA Plan to Support Student Health and Wellness’ 16-17 Immunization/Health Exam and Eye Exam Data Collection; Final EIS Deadline for Employment/Position Data Approaching; GATA: FY 2017 Indirect Cost Rates; Notice of State Award and Grant Agreement Pages in eGMS; Grantee Status Report; Upcoming ISBE Dates and Deadlines;  Student Recognition; School Health Staff Recognition; Classroom Resources ; District Opportunities; Grant Opportunities; Educator Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Rebate Program; Employment Opportunities.

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Illinois Report Card - Supplemental Report Card Data Available on ISBE Webpage; Illinois Arts Education Week - Entries sought for Annual Poster Contest due Dec. 6; ESSA: Round Three of Statewide Listening Tour; Education Technology: Illinois Education & Technology Conference (IETC 2016). Rules and Waivers: Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Charter Schools: Charter Design Institute - Nov 10; Nutrition and Wellness: Nominations Sought From Districts for Training Course Opportunity;Sign Up for Webinar on ‘State ESSA Plan to Support Student Health and Wellness’; 16-17 Immunization/Health Exam and Eye Exam Data Collection; Final EIS Deadline for Employment/Position Data Approaching; GATA: FY 2017 Indirect Cost Rates; Notice of State Award and Grant Agreement Pages in eGMS; Grantee Status Report; Upcoming ISBE Dates and Deadlines; District Opportunities; Grant Opportunities; Educator Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Rebate Program; Employment Opportunities.

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Illinois Report Card - Supplemental Report Card Data Available on ISBE Webpage; MyIRC Train the Trainer Events - Nov 8 ; Supplement not Supplant Regulations; Illinois Arts Education Week - Entries sought for Annual Poster Contest due Dec. 6; ESSA: Round Three of Statewide Listening Tour; Education Technology: Illinois Education & Technology Conference (IETC 2016); Rules and Waivers: Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Charter Schools: Charter Design Institute - Nov 10; Funding: 15-16 Regular Trans. Reimbursement - EAV Correction; 15-16 IDEA Room and Board Bond Payment; Special Ed Summer School Claim due; 15-16 (FY17) Annual Pupil Trans. Claim reimbusement correction period open; Nutrition and Wellness: Nutrition Division Plans USDA Foods Exhibit and Workshop Jan. 10 and 12; Sign up for Administrative Review/Procurement/Resource Management Training - Nov. statewide; 16-17 Immunization/Health Exam and Eye Exam Data Collection; Final EIS Deadline for Employment/Position Data Approaching; GATA: FY 2017 Indirect Cost Rates; Notice of State Award and Grant Agreement Pages in eGMS; Grantee Status Report; District Opportunities; Grant Opportunities; Educator Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Rebate Program; Employment Opportunities.

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Illinois Report Card: MyIRC Train the Trainer Events; Illinois Arts Education Week Entries Sought for Annual Poster Contest; ESSA Supplement not Supplant Regulations; 5Essentials Adding Optional District Voice Information; 2016-17 5Essentials FAQ and Survey Questions Now Available; Charter Design Institute; 2015-16 Regular Transportation Reimbursement – EAV Correction; Final 2015-16 IDEA Room and Board Claim Payment Information; Special Education Summer School State Aid Claim Due Nov. 1; 2015-16 (FY 2017) Annual Claim for Pupil Transportation Reimbursement – Correction Period Now Open; Illinois Certificate of Religious Exemption Form Update; IDPH School Health Days; Nutrition Division Plans USDA Foods Exhibit and Workshop Jan. 10 and 12; Nutrition and Wellness - Sign up for Administrative Review / Procurement / Resource Management Training; 2016-17 Immunization / Health Exam and Eye Exam Data Collection; Final EIS Deadline for Employment/Position Data Approaching; GATA FY 2017 Indirect Cost Rates; Notice of State Award and Grant Agreement Pages in eGMS; Grantee Status Report; District Opportunities; Grant Opportunities; Educator Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Rebate Program; Employment Opportunities.

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Those Who Excel: Meet Illinois Teacher of the Year Finalist Anthony Zarate of Brighton Park Elementary; Those Who Excel Banquet Sold Out; Illinois Report Card: MyIRC Train the Trainer Events; ESSA Supplement not Supplant Regulations; 5Essentials Adding Optional District Voice Information; 2016-17 5Essentials FAQ and Survey Questions Now Available; 2015-16 Regular Transportation Reimbursement – EAV Correction; Illinois Certificate of Religious Exemption Form Update; IDPH School Health Days; Warning About Halloween Colored Contacts; Nutrition and Wellness - Sign up for Administrative Review / Procurement/Resource Management Training; Breakfast After the Bell Mandate Grant Funding Available; Apply by Nov. 18; 2016-17 Immunization / Health Exam and Eye Exam Data Collection; Final EIS Deadline for Employment/Position Data Approaching; Technology Revolving Loan Program FY17 Applications Now Available; Social and Emotional Learning Awareness Webinar; NCLB/ESSA Monitoring Instrument and Title I Comparability; Deadline Set to Submit Limitation of Administrative Costs Worksheets; GATA FY 2017 Indirect Cost Rates; Notice of State Award and Grant Agreement Pages in eGMS; Grantee Status Report; District Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Professional Development; Rebate Program; School Health Staff Recognition; Employment Opportunities.

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Those Who Excel: Meet Illinois Teacher of the Year Finalist; Those Who Excel Banquet Sold Out; Technology Revolving Loan Program FY 2017 Applications Now Available; 5Essentials Adding Optional District Voice Information; 2016-17 5Essentials FAQ and Survey Questions Now Available; Final 2015-16 IDEA Room and Board Claim Payment Information; Special Education Summer School State Aid Claim Due Nov. 1; 2015-16 (FY 2017) Annual Claim for Pupil Transportation Reimbursement – Correction Period Now Open; Social and Emotional Learning Awareness Webinar; Warning About Halloween Colored Contacts; Breakfast After the Bell Mandate Grant Funding Available; Final EIS Deadline for Employment/Position Data Approaching; 2016-17 Unfilled Positions Survey Now Available for Data Entry in IWAS; NCLB/ESSA Monitoring Instrument and Title I Comparability; Deadline Set to Submit Limitation of Administrative Costs Worksheets; School District/Joint Agreement Budget Forms Available; Reorganization Feasibility Studies; AFR, ASA, and Certificate of Tax Levy Deadline Reminders; 2016-17 Nonpublic Registration, Enrollment, and Staff Report in IWAS; Annual Earthquake Awareness Drill; GATA FY 2017 Indirect Cost Rates; Notice of State Award and Grant Agreement Pages in eGMS; Grantee Status Report; Student Opportunities; Professional Development; Rebate Program; School Health Staff Recognition; Grant Opportunities, Upcoming Events; Employment Opportunities.

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Those Who Excel: Meet Illinois Teacher of the Year Finalist; Special Education Summer School State Aid Claim Due Nov. 1; 2015-16 (FY 2017) Annual Claim for Pupil Transportation Reimbursement – Correction Period Now Open; NCLB/ESSA Monitoring Instrument and Title I Comparability; School District/Joint Agreement Budget Forms Available; Reorganization Feasibility Studies; Deadline Reminders; 2016-17 Nonpublic Registration, Enrollment, and Staff Report in IWAS; Feedback Requested Regarding Supplement not Supplant Regulations; Round Two of Statewide Listening Tour –Final Meeting in Sycamore This Week; ESSA State Plan #1 Reader’s Guide Available; Comment Submission Deadline Oct. 7; 2016-17 Unfilled Positions Survey Now Available for Data Entry in IWAS; Annual Earthquake Awareness Drill; Dual Credit Survey; National School Lunch Week Scheduled for Oct. 10-14; FY 2017 Indirect Cost Rates- REVISED; Notice of State Award and Grant Agreement Pages in eGMS; Grantee Status Report; Grant Opportunities; Upcoming Events; Professional Development; Employment Opportunities.

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Those Who Excel: Meet Illinois Teacher of the Year Finalist; Reorganization Feasibility Studies; FY 2017 General State Aid Claim is Final; GATA FY 2017 Indirect Cost Rates-REVISED; Notice of State Award and Grant Agreement Pages in eGMS; GATA Grantee Status Report; Feedback Requested Regarding Title I Supplement not Supplant Regulations; ESSA State Plan #1 Reader’s Guide Available - Comment Submission Deadline Extended; Round Two of ESSA Statewide Listening Tour - October date added; Illinois LRE Data Cohort 7; Applications Sought for U.S. Senate Youth Program and Hearst Scholarship; College and Career Readiness Dual Credit Survey; National School Lunch Week Scheduled for Oct. 10-14; FY 2017 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant RFP Released; Nominations Sought for Award Honoring Outstanding School Board President; School Health Staff Recognition; Grant Opportunities; Upcoming Events; Professional Development; Employment Opportunities.

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Those Who Excel: Meet Illinois Teacher of the Year Finalist Ted Houpt of Danville CSD 118; FY 2017 General State Aid Claim is Final; GATA FY 2017 Indirect Cost Rates-REVISED; Notice of State Award and Grant Agreement Pages in eGMS; GATA Grantee Status Report; ESSA State Plan #1 Reader’s Guide Available - Comment Submission Deadline Extended; Round Two of ESSA Statewide Listening Tour - October date added; College and Career Readiness Dual Credit Survey; Webinar: Setting the Landscape for Meaningful Family Engagement; FY 2017 NSLP Equipment Assistance Grant RFP Released; USDA Announces Availability of Farm to School Grants for FY 2017; Upcoming Events; Grant Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

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Those Who Excel: Meet Illinois Teacher of the Year Finalist Candace Hamilton of Whiteside SD 115; FY 2017 General State Aid Claim is Final; GATA FY 2017 Indirect Cost Rates; Notice of State Award and Grant Agreement Pages in eGMS; GATA Grantee Status Report; ESSA State Plan #1 Reader’s Guide Available - Comment Submission Deadline Extended; Round Two of ESSA Statewide Listening Tour; College and Career Readiness Dual Credit Survey; Webinar: Setting the Landscape for Meaningful Family Engagement; Charter Schools Non-Curricular Health and Safety Requirements; Illinois LRE Data Cohort 7; Expanded and Equitable Focused Monitoring; NCLB/ESSA Monitoring Instrument and Title I Comparability; Applications Available for Illinois Green Ribbon Schools Program; USDA Announces Availability of Farm to School Grants for FY 2017; Healthier Meals Cooking Classes Offered for Nutrition Programs Staff; Upcoming Events; Grant Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

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Those Who Excel: Meet Illinois Teacher of the Year Finalist Nichole Folkman of Hartsburg-Emden CUSD 21; GATA FY 2017 Indirect Cost Rates; Notice of State Award and Grant Agreement Pages in eGMS; GATA Grantee Status Report; ESSA State Plan #1 Reader’s Guide Available; Comment Submission Deadline Extended; Round Two of ESSA Statewide Listening Tour; Charter Schools Non-Curricular Health and Safety Requirements; Illinois LRE Data Cohort 7; Expanded and Equitable Focused Monitoring; NCLB/ESSA Monitoring Instrument and Title I Comparability; Applications Available for Illinois Green Ribbon Schools Program; Register for Upcoming Illinois Classroom Connectivity Initiative Informational Webinars Sept. 13 & 14; ISBE Accepting Nominations for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program; U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education Nominations; Healthier Meals Cooking Classes Offered for Nutrition Programs Staff; Breakfast After the Bell Program Requirement Begins SY 2017-18; New Rules Summary: Physical Fitness Assessment, Data Collection, Reporting; Illinois to Receive Funding From USDA for Kitchen Equipment Grants; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Mock Election Education Materials Available Online for Teachers; 2017 School Technology Revolving Loan Program; 5Essentials Learning Survey; Upcoming Events; Grant Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

​For those of you welcoming students back this week for the 2016-17 school year, good luck! I know how hard you have worked this summer to make sure the teachers, staff, students, and families in your districts start the school year off strong and I greatly appreciate your commitment. ​

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​Those Who Excel: Meet Illinois Teacher of the Year Finalist John Colucci of Percy Julian Middle School; GATA FY 2017 Indirect Cost Rates; Notice of State Award and Grant Agreement Pages in eGMS; GATA Grantee Status Report; Draft of ESSA State Plan #1 Released; Round Two of ESSA Statewide Listening Tour; Capital Needs Assessment Survey; ISBE Accepting Nominations for U.S. Presidential Scholars Program; U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education Nominations; Breakfast After the Bell Program Requirement Begins SY 2017-18; New Rules Summary: Physical Fitness Assessment, Data Collection, Reporting; Illinois to Receive Funding From USDA for Kitchen Equipment Grants; New Dates and Locations Added to Food Handler Training Schedule; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Mock Election Education Materials Available Online for Teachers; 2017 School Technology Revolving Loan Program; 5Essentials Learning Survey; Annual Title I Directors Conference Sept. 19-21 in Springfield; Back To School Updates: Secondary Transition; Register for Employment Information Systems (EIS) 2017 Introductory Webinar Sept. 6..

​It has been a busy past couple of weeks for us at ISBE, as I know it has been in your districts. We have received so many great #ILBacktoSchool photos on social media and through email. I love seeing colorful classrooms, teachers, and staff welcoming students back with school spirit, and students collaborating and engaging in innovative lessons. Thank you for sharing what back to school looks like in your districts; please continue sending photos our way! 

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​Those Who Excel: Meet Illinois Teacher of the Year Finalist Jeremy Clarke of Dr. Nick Osborne Primary Center; 5Essentials Learning Survey; Annual Title I Directors Conference Sept. 19-21 in Springfield; Back To School Updates: Secondary Transition; Applications Sought for U.S. Senate Youth Program and Hearst Scholarship; GATA Notice of State Award and Grant Agreement Pages in eGMS; GATA Grantee Status Report; ESSA Frequently Asked Questions; ESSA Round Two of Statewide Listening Tour; New Dates and Locations Added to Food Handler Training Schedule; Register for Employment Information Systems (EIS) 2017 Introductory Webinar; EIS Salary Data Deadline Approaching; Annual State Bilingual Directors Meeting; Nominations Sought for Award Honoring Outstanding School Board President; Back to School Webinar for School Nurses; PA 99-0523 – District-Required FY 2016 GSA Expenditures for Special Ed Services; Grant Opportunities; Administrator Recognition; Upcoming Events; District Opportunities; Educator Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

​“Back to School” has in many ways drifted from its traditional meaning. For some, it signals the start of the shopping season for supplies and clothes. For others, it means the mornings will begin with a burst of activity to ensure everyone is out the door on time and has what they need.

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​Those Who Excel: Meet Illinois Teacher of the Year Finalist Ricardo Castro of Elk Grove High School; Applications Sought for U.S. Senate Youth Program and Hearst Scholarship; ESSA Frequently Asked Questions; ESSA Round Two of Statewide Listening Tour; Register for Employment Information Systems (EIS) 2017 Introductory Webinar; EIS Salary Data Deadline Approaching; Annual State Bilingual Directors Meeting; Nominations Sought for Award Honoring Outstanding School Board President; GATA Notice of State Award and Grant Agreement Pages in eGMS; GATA Grantee Status Report; Back to School Webinar for School Nurses; Registration Underway for Upcoming Food Handler Training Workshops; PA 99-0523 – District-Required FY 2016 GSA Expenditures for Special Ed Services; Grant Opportunities; Administrator Recognition; Upcoming Events; District Opportunities; Educator Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

​First off, I would like to thank 2016 Illinois Teacher of the Year Kim Thomas and her students for sharing her “mathtastic” excitement out at the State Fair in Springfield this past weekend at the Governor’s Tent. Kim’s enthusiasm and creative teaching tools attracted kids of all ages, even parents, to join in the math fun. She is truly an inspiration to all. ISBE will have a booth in the Governor’s Tent through the end of the State Fair -- come say hello!

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​Nominations Sought for Award Honoring Outstanding School Board President; Annual State Bilingual Directors Meeting; GATA Grantee Status Report; GATA Notice of State Award and Grant Agreement; ESSA Round Two of Statewide Listening Tour; Webinars on Direct Certification and Certification of HEA Coming Up; Registration Underway for Upcoming Food Handler Training Workshops; PA 99-0523 – District-Required FY 2016 GSA Expenditures for Special Ed Services; EIS Salary Data Deadline Approaching; FY 2017 Prevention Initiative for Birth to Age 3 Years RFP Released; FY 2017 Preschool for All Expansion 3 to 5 Years RFP Released; Zika Virus Guidance for District and School Administrators; Grant Opportunities; Administrator Recognition; Upcoming Events; District Opportunities; Student Recognition; Educator Opportunities; Classroom Resources; Employment Opportunities.

​​I am excited for the start of the Illinois State Fair this Friday. In conjunction with the Governor Rauner’s theme of “Educating Our Future,” Kim Thomas, the 2016 Illinois Teacher of the Year, will be bringing two of her students to the Governor’s Tent to showcase Kim’s innovative and creative teaching techniques. Kim and her students will be there Aug. 12-14.

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Grantee Status Report; Notice of State Award and Grant Agreement; ESSA Round Two of Statewide Listening Tour; Webinars on Direct Certification and Certification of HEA Coming Up; School Menu Planning Workshops Coming to West Frankfort; Registration Underway for Upcoming Food Handler Training Workshops; PA 99-0523 – District-Required FY 2016 GSA Expenditures for Special Ed Services; FY 2017 Mandated Categorical Appropriations and Estimated Prorations; EIS Salary Data Deadline Approaching; Preparing for the 5Essentials or Selecting an Alternative Survey; Requirements for School Treasurer Bonds; FY 2017 Prevention Initiative for Birth to Age 3 Years RFP Released; FY 2017 Preschool for All Expansion 3 to 5 Years RFP Released; Zika Virus Guidance for District and School Administrators; Administrator Recognition; Upcoming Events; Professional Development; District Opportunities; Student Recognition; Grant Opportunities; Educator Opportunities, Classroom Resources; School Climate Resources; Employment Opportunities.​

​In the upcoming weeks, we will be working to make the transition into the new school year as smooth as possible. We will be holding a Back to School webinar for administrators on Aug. 17. The webinar will address the budget, the development of the state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act, state assessments, and other key ongoing education initiatives. I want to make sure that you have the information you need and that you feel prepared for the start of the new school year, so please send your questions to backtoschool2016@isbe.net.

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Grantee Status Report; Notice of State Award and Grant Agreement; Preparing for the 5Essentails or Selecting an Alternative Survey; Requirements for School Treasurer Bonds; FY 2017 Mandated Categorical Appropriations and Estimated Prorations; Deadline for Final FY 2016 State & Federal Grant Amendments – Aug. 31 End Dates; Early Childhood Block Grant – Intent to Submit a Proposal for FY 2017; FY 2017 Prevention Initiative for Birth to Age 3 Years RFP Released; FY 2017 Preschool for All Expansion 3 to 5 Years RFP Released; Zika Virus Guidance for District and School Administrators; Model Suicide Prevention Policy  Available to All Districts in Illinois;  District Opportunities; Upcoming Events; Student Recognition; Professional Development; Grant Opportunities; Educator Opportunities, Classroom Resources; School Climate Resources; School Recognition;  Employment Opportunities.

As we are quickly approaching the start of the 2016-17 school year, it is a great time to reflect on some of the exciting work happening in schools across the state. Illinois districts are leading the way with innovative ideas that are better serving students and meeting communities’ needs.
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GATA Risk Assessment System Open; GATA Grantee Registration Portal Open; FY 2017 Mandated Categorical Appropriations and Estimated Prorations; Deadline for Final FY 2016 State & Federal Grant Amendments – Aug. 31 End Dates; Summer Programs Help Provide Free Nutritious Meals to Children; Early Childhood Block Grant – Intent to Submit a Proposal for FY 2017; FY 2017 Prevention Initiative for Birth to Age 3 Years RFP Released; FY 2017 Preschool for All Expansion 3 to 5 Years RFP Released; Zika Virus Guidance for District and School Administrators; Model Suicide Prevention Policy  Available to All Districts in Illinois;  Professional Development; Grant Opportunities; Educator Opportunities, Classroom Resources; School Climate Resources;  School Recognition; Student Recognition; Employment Opportunities.

Guest Columnist: 2016 Illinois Teacher of the Year Kim Thomas
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GATA Risk Assessment System Open; GATA Grantee Registration Portal Open; Deadline for Final FY 2016 State & Federal Grant Amendments – Aug. 31 End Dates; Early Childhood Block Grant – Intent to Submit a Proposal for FY 2017; FY 2017 Prevention Initiative for Birth to Age 3 Years RFP Released; FY 2017 Preschool for All Expansion 3 to 5 Years RFP Released; Model Suicide Prevention Policy  Available to All Districts in Illinois;  Classroom Resources; School Climate Resources; Professional Development; School Recognition; Student Recognition; Employment Opportunities.

Following Monday’s announcement regarding administration of the SAT exam at high school, I would like to first thank all of you for your valuable input surrounding our state assessments.
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GATA Risk Assessment System Open; GATA Grantee Registration Portal Open; Deadline for Final FY 2016 State & Federal Grant Amendments – Aug. 31 End Dates; Early Childhood Block Grant – Intent to Submit a Proposal for FY 2017; FY 2017 Prevention Initiative for Birth to Age 3 Years RFP Released; FY 2017 Preschool for All Expansion 3 to 5 Years RFP Released; State Assessment Review Committee Holding PARCC Listening Tour; NOTICE: Direct Certification with Income-Eligible Medicaid Update for SY 2016-17; Registration Open for Direct Certification, Certification, and Verification Workshop; Maintaining Educator Privacy; Understanding Dyslexia  Webpage Now Available; Model Suicide Prevention Policy  Available to All Districts in Illinois;  Professional Development; School Recognition; Student Recognition; Employment Opportunities.

As we begin a new fiscal year, I am pleased that the General Assembly passed a stopgap budget that includes a full year of funding for preK-12 education.
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GATA Grantee Registration Portal Open; State Assessment Review Committee Holding PARCC Listening Tour; NOTICE: Direct Certification with Income-Eligible Medicaid Update for SY 2016-17; Registration Open for Direct Certification, Certification, and Verification Workshop; Maintaining Educator Privacy; Understanding Dyslexia  Webpage Now Available; Model Suicide Prevention Policy  Available to All Districts in Illinois; Grant Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Educator Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

I know all of you are anxious and frustrated with the lack of a fiscal year 2017 budget and the financial uncertainty that creates as we approach the beginning of the new fiscal year on July 1.
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Model Suicide Prevention Policy  Available to All Districts in Illinois; CDC Releases Data on  Youth Risk Behaviors; FAQ Available About New Application  and Award Requirements Under GATA; Guidance for 1 Percent Exception; 2015-16 Student Health Data –  Vision System Now Open; Reminder: 2015-16 Dental Data Collection Due June 30; Grant Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Educator Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

During these challenging times of financial uncertainty, it’s especially important to take time out to celebrate the passion and expertise Illinois educators bring to the classroom every day.
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​FAQ Available About New Application  and Award Requirements Under GATA; Guidance for 1 Percent Exception; 2015-16 Student Health Data –  Vision System Now Open; Register for June 20 EIS Webinar; Reminder: 2015-16 Dental Data Collection Due June 30; CDC Releases Data on Youth Risk Behaviors; District Recognition; School Recognition; Grant Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Educator Opportunities; Professional Development; Employment Opportunities.

In recent years, Illinois’ student body has become more ethnically diverse. According to the 2015 Illinois Report Card, Hispanic students now make up more than a quarter of the student population.
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​June 8 Webinar on New Laws and Standards to “Pump up P.E.” in Illinois; Register for June 20 EIS Webinar; Reminder: 2015-16 Dental  Data Collection Due June 30; District ecognition; Student Recognition; Upcoming Events; Corrected Notice About New Grant Application and Award Requirements;  District Recognition; School Recognition; Grant Opportunities; Student Opportunities;  Professional Development; Employment Opportunities.

While the future of funding for the state and our schools is uncertain at this moment, I am certain that all of the children in Illinois deserve a quality education.
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​Corrected Notice About New Grant Application and Award Requirements; ISBE to Host Professional Development Re-Ignite Event July 27 in Springfield; New Partnership for Educator Preparation Group to Guide Data Collection, Reporting; Charter Schools Program – QSO – Request for Proposals Now Available; Fuel Up to Play 60 Grants Available to Help Schools Make Healthy Changes; Reminder: 2015-16 Dental Data Collection Due June 30; Online Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Training Ends June 30; Employer’s TRS Contribution on Federally Funded Salary for Summer Activities; Deadline for Final FY 2016 State & Federal Grant Amendments & End Date Extensions; Districts Urged to Register for CHIRP Web Portal for Criminal History Records; District Recognition; Student Recognition; Upcoming Events; Professional Development; Employment Opportunities.

​Upcoming ISBE Dates and Deadlines:  Please note this is not a complete list of events, meetings, and deadlines. For questions, call the Illinois State Board of Education at (866) 262-6663 or (217) 782-4321 or visit the agency’s official website.

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​ Important Notice About New Grant Application and Award Requirements; ISBE to Host Professional Development Re-Ignite Event July 27 in Springfield; New Partnership for Educator Preparation Group to Guide Data Collection, Reporting; Charter Schools Program – QSO – Request for Proposals Now Available; Fuel Up to Play 60 Grants Available to Help Schools Make Healthy Changes; Reminder: 2015-16 Dental Data Collection Due June 30; Online Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Training Ends June 30; Comments on Federal FY 2015 and FY 2016 School Improvement Grant Application; Capital Needs Assessment Survey; Information on Spring 2016 AP Exam Fee and IB Payment Changes; Migrant Education Program Application; FAQ Document for Parents Available Online to Help Answer ISA Questions; May 25 Webinar on Guidelines for Entering 2016 Salary Data into EIS; Employer’s TRS Contribution on Federally Funded Salary for Summer Activities; Deadline for Final FY 2016 State & Federal Grant Amendments & End Date Extensions; Districts Urged to Register for CHIRP Web Portal for Criminal History Records; Student Recognition; Upcoming Events; Professional Development; Student Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

​State agencies, including the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE), are in the process of implementing the Grant Accountability and Transparency Act (GATA). The law includes a new grant management system that is more performance-focused to improve outcomes and overall accountability, transparency, and efficiency across state government and the grantee community. This new system will significantly change ISBE’s grant-making process for school districts and other grantees.

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​Comments on Federal FY 2015 and FY 2016 School Improvement Grant Application; Capital Needs Assessment Survey; School District/Joint Agreement Budget Forms Now Available; Information on Spring 2016 AP Exam Fee and IB Payment Changes; Migrant Education Program Application; FAQ Document for Parents Available Online to Help Answer ISA Questions; Statewide Suicide Prevention Training; Guidance on Rule 226.800(k) Related to Nursing Services; New Healthy Child and Family Development Resource Website; New Date Added to ESSA Listening Tour; Lead, Focus, Connect: Classrooms in Action Summer Expedition June 21-22; Grant Proposals Due June 3; Free ISAC Transcript Exchange Service for Schools and Students; May 25 Webinar on Guidelines for Entering 2016 Salary Data into EIS; Employer’s TRS Contribution on Federally Funded Salary for Summer Activities; Deadline for Final FY 2016 State & Federal Grant Amendments & End Date Extensions; Districts Urged to Register for CHIRP Web Portal for Criminal History Records; Student Recognition; Upcoming Events; Professional Development; Student Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

​Students from nearly 100 schools across Illinois came to the State Capitol last Tuesday to demonstrate creative uses of technology and how they enhance student learning as part of the TECH 2016: Students for the Information Age event.

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​New Date Added to ESSA Listening Tour; Lead, Focus, Connect: Classrooms in Action Summer Expedition June 21-22; School District/Joint Agreement Budget Forms Now Available; Special Education Grant Proposals Due June 3; Guidance on Rule 226.800(k) Related to Nursing Services; New Healthy Child and Family Development Resource Website; Health Insurance Coverage Parity Training; Free ISAC Transcript Exchange Service for Schools and Students; Teacher and Administrator Feedback Sought for New Educator Data Dashboard; May 25 Webinar on Guidelines for Entering 2016 Salary Data into EIS; 2015-16 Pupil Transportation Claim Reimbursement System Now Available; Employer’s TRS Contribution on Federally Funded Salary for Summer Activities; Deadline for Final FY 2016 State & Federal Grant Amendments & End Date Extensions; Districts Urged to Register for CHIRP Web Portal for Criminal History Records; Student Recognition; Upcoming Events; Professional Development; Classroom Resources; Student Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

​The 52nd class of U.S. Presidential Scholars was announced last week, and I am pleased to report that four Illinois students are among the 160 high school seniors across the country receiving this prestigious honor.

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Teacher and Administrator Feedback Sought for New Educator Data Dashboard; Educator Recognition; Illinois Semifinalists Announced for 2016 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program; May 25 Webinar on Guidelines for Entering 2016 Salary Data into EIS; 2015-16 Pupil Transportation Claim Reimbursement System Now Available; Employer’s TRS Contribution on Federally Funded Salary for Summer Activities; Deadline for Final FY 2016 State & Federal Grant Amendments & End Date Extensions; 2015-16 Final Public School Calendars; Health Insurance Coverage Parity Training; 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; Districts Urged to Register for CHIRP Web Portal for Criminal History Records; Student Recognition; Educator Recognition; Upcoming Events; Professional Development; Classroom Resources; Student Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.
Last month, I was pleased to announce Illinois’ partnership with the Lead Higher Initiative to close equity gaps in high school Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. We were the first state elected for this partnership, which will provide tools and resources to strengthen our efforts to find underrepresented students who are eligible for AP and IB courses and give them greater support.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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; State Board of Education Recognized for Work on Vaccine Compliance; School Nurses Receive Awards from Professional Association; Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education Project Earns National Award; FY 2016 21st CCLC Self-Monitoring Evaluation Packet Now Available; USDA Foods Show Conference Schedule; Presentation Proposals for Annual Illinois School Wellness Conference Due Jan. 15; Applicants Sought for “Schools of Opportunity” Recognition Program; Update: Pre-ID Assessment Data Now Available in SIS; Application Deadline Extended for Illinois Green Ribbon Schools Program; School Opportunities; Student Resources; Student Opportunities; Educator Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.
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