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Those Who Excel; Early Childhood; Special Education Services; Grant Accountability & Transparency Act; Educator Effectiveness; Rules & Waivers; Safe and Healthy Climate; Evidence-Based Funding; Site-Based Expenditure Reporting; School Business Services; Funding and Disbursement Services; ​In Brief

Thank you for the great turnout last week at ISBE’s School Nutrition Programs Back to School Conference! Hundreds of school nutritional professionals attended to learn and connect.

We know there is clear connection between good nutrition and children’s readiness to learn. The only meals many of our students get are at school. Nationally, 12.3 percent of children are from food-insecure households. Illinois surpasses this figure: 17.3 percent of Illinois children are from food-insecure households.​

8/14/2018External CommunicationsAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo101
  
​Evidence-Based Funding, Site-Based Expenditure Reporting, 5Essentials Survey, School Business Services



​This school year, we are focused on connectivity and collaboration. We have the ability to enhance our capacity by cultivating deeper leader-to-leader relationships so we can think through what we are stuck on, solve problems together, and better serve children and families.​

8/7/2018AdministratorsNo100
  
5Essentials Survey; School Business Services; ​In Brief

Our collective work to build places of belonging for our students continues as we reach the start of the 2018-19 school year.

This school year at ISBE, we will continue our efforts to understand each district’s unique strengths and challenges. We are part of a continued learning process – learning about opportunities within our new funding and accountability systems and possibilities for how these systems can work together. We have made tremendous strides together toward a more fair and inclusive public education system. By sharing our stories and learning from each other, we can create the conditions for all of our students to thrive. We at ISBE are here to be partners for you and we encourage you to be partners for each other.​​

7/31/2018External CommunicationsAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo99
  
Back to School; School Business Services; Evidence-Based Funding; Special Education Services; Educator Effectiveness; Wellness Programs; In Brief​

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

7/24/2018External CommunicationsAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo98
  

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

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

7/17/2018External CommunicationsAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo97
  

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

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

7/10/2018External CommunicationsAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo96
  

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

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

7/3/2018External CommunicationsAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo95
  
Funding & Disbursements; Every Student Succeeds Act; Grant Accountability and Transparency Act; ​In Brief

It has been a powerful year. We have the infrastructure with Evidence-Based Funding and our new accountability system to create fair access to high-quality education for every student in every community. The entire landscape of education in Illinois is different since the signing of the Every Student Succeeds Act on Dec. 10, 2015.​​

6/26/2018State SuperintendentAdministrators; Teachers; Families & StudentsNo94
  
Funding & Disbursements; Every Student Succeeds Act; Regulatory Support & Wellness; English Learners; Special Education Services; College & Career Readiness; Rules & Waivers; Grant Accountability and Transparency Act; In Brief​

Last week, we released the agency’s 2018 Progress Report, showing ISBE’s continued work to fulfill our Board’s mission, vision, and goals.​​

6/19/2018State SuperintendentAdministrators; Teachers; Families & StudentsNo93
  

English Learners, Special Education Services, College & Career Readiness, Competency-Based Education, Rules & Waivers, School Business Services,Educator Effectiveness, Regulatory Support & Wellness, Grant Accountability and Transparency Act​

We have made great progress to expand opportunities for students to explore their interests and get the rigor and individualized support they need to thrive in college and career. The Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness (PWR) Act is our biggest policy lever in this work.​

6/12/2018State SuperintendentAdministrators; Teachers; Families & StudentsNo92
  
School Business Services, Funding & Disbursements,E vidence-Based Funding, Educator Effectiveness, Regulatory Support & Wellness, Grant Accountability and Transparency Act, School Nutrition Programs

​This week, we celebrate the signing of Public Act 100-586, the Illinois state budget for fiscal year 2019. The budget creates greater certainty for districts as you close out this school year and prepare for students to return in the fall. With the budget in place, we at ISBE, too, will know a lot more about the unique context of every district and can ask more questions about the unique supports each district needs. 

6/5/2018External CommunicationsAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo91
  
Evidence-Based Funding; Funding & Disbursements; Every Student Succeeds Act; Grant Accountability and Transparency Act; School Nutrition Programs; Competency-Based Education; Special Education Services; Regulatory Support & Wellness; Rules & Waivers; Charter Schools; In Brief​
​Students in LeRoy SD 2 last week engaged in a phenomenal science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning event on their last day of school. LeRoy High School expanded upon its STEM efforts in the classroom by holding a STEM challenge day for all ninth-, 10th-, and 11th-grade students, organized in partnership with SMARTPath. Students were given a scenario – a citywide weather event – and were empowered with information and tools to create an emergency management plan.​
5/30/2018External CommunicationsAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo90
  
Funding & Disbursements; Every Student Succeeds Act; Competency-Based Education; Special Education Services; Regulatory Support & Wellness; Assessments; Rules & Waivers; U.S. Presidential Scholars Program; Charter Schools; Illinois Report Card; Data Reporting; In Brief​

Like all of you, I have deep respect and appreciation for the people working to protect our children and keep our schools safe. Mark Dallas, the school resource officer at Dixon High School, demonstrated great heroism last week in service to the school’s students and staff. We stand with Dixon High School community members as they heal and students celebrate their graduation. Illinois educators and students are grieving with the Santa Fe High School community in Texas. We must take action together to improve our gun laws and increase funding for inclusion and care for students in our schools.​​​

5/22/2018External CommunicationsAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo89
  
U.S. Presidential Scholars Program; ​Illinois Report Card; Data Reporting; Funding & Disbursements; Nutrition Programs; Grant Accountability & Transparency Act; Student Advisory Council;In Brief
I had the opportunity to visit three districts last week, all of which struck me by their student-centered spirit. The districts showed a deep awareness of students’ unique needs and situatedness and a commitment to considering every student’s interests and serving all students’ needs.​​
5/15/2018External CommunicationsAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo88
  
Nutrition Programs; Every Student Succeeds Act; English Learners; ​Funding & Disbursements; Data Reporting; IL-EMPOWER; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; College & Career Readiness; In Brief

More than 50 Apple Distinguished Schools from around the world attended the Apple Global Summit last week, where they collaborated with and learned from each other. Several of Illinois’ Apple Distinguished Schools – River Trail School in Gurnee School District 56, Heritage Middle School in Berwyn South School District 100, GEMS World Academy Chicago, Iroquois Community School in Community Consolidated School District 62, and Oak Lawn Community High School – showcased their work with Apple to engage students and educators in new ways and connect learning with the real world.​

5/8/2018External CommunicationsAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo87
  
Illinois Report Card, Every Student Succeeds Act, Evidence-Based Funding, English Learners, Funding & Disbursements, Data Reporting, U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, IL-EMPOWER, Charter Schools, Grant Accountability Transparency Act, College & Career Readiness, Nutrition Programs

​I am energized by what I see districts across the state doing to create the conditions for all our students to be engaged learners. Districts are pursuing innovative partnerships, connecting students and families to community-based health and mental health programs and other social programs, and utilizing trauma-informed practices and more restorative approaches. They are living out the vision of supporting all children, and challenging stigmas, so there are no “others” in our schools or communities.​

5/1/2018External CommunicationsAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo86
  
U.S. Presidential Scholars Program; IL-EMPOWER; Charter Schools; Evidence-Based Funding; Every Student Succeeds Act; English Learners; School Business Services; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; College & Career Readiness; Nutrition Programs; ​In Brief

I participated in the 50 State Afterschool Network’s 2018 National Network Meeting, supported by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, in Washington, D.C., last week. It was energizing to build community around quality after-school programs along with representatives from all 50 states, including Illinois’ ACT Now Coalition. Stakeholders across Illinois recognize the importance of beyond school programming to supporting whole, healthy communities.

4/24/2018External CommunicationsAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo85
  
​English Learners, Every Student Succeeds Act, Evidence-Based Funding, Assessment & Accountability, School Business Services, Grant Accountability Transparency Act, College & Career Readiness, Nutrition Programs, Education Technology, Rules & Waivers, Illinois Bicentennial


​We have more great news to celebrate coming out of the Illinois Principals Association (IPA). IPA recently granted one of its first micro-credentials in “Collaborative Leadership Coaching” to Cris Edwards, the principal of Richland County Middle School in Olney.​

4/17/2018External CommunicationsAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo84
  
Illinois Bicentennial, English Learners, Education Technology, Rules & Waivers, Annual Nonpublic/Public Conference, Nutrition Programs, College & Career Readiness, Grant Accountability Transparency Act

​ISBE’s mission entails working in partnership with districts, lawmakers, and communities to create the conditions for all students to thrive. The implementation of Evidence-Based Funding (EBF) in fiscal year 2018 exemplifies this mission. We are firmly on the path to deliver on the promise of equity for all students. EBF not only distributes more money to our most under-resourced districts, but also gives us a common foundation for discussion around fair access to quality educational opportunities. ​

4/10/2018No83
  
Early Childhood Education; Rules & Waivers; Nonpublic Schools; ​College & Career Readiness; Nutrition Programs; Educator Effectiveness; Assessments & Accountability; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; In Brief

AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is recognizing National Healthy Schools Day today to encourage dialogue around how we foster safe and healthy environments – schools that are designed to support students’ physical, social, emotional, and behavioral development and learning.​

4/3/2018External CommunicationsAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo82
  
​Early Childhood Education, Assessments & Accountability, Student Advisory Council, Education Technology, Nutrition Programs, Educator Effectiveness, Grant Accountability Transparency Act


​Competency-based education is about decoupling learning from the constraints of “seat time." Learning happens in classrooms but also in workplaces, at internships, on farms, and in labs. Competency-based learning makes high school more relevant to students' own strengths and goals and to the needs and opportunities of local employers and communities. It allows for more personalized learning experiences that support students who need more time and students who are ready to move on. This flexibility enables students to progress as they demonstrate mastery.

3/27/2018External CommunicationsAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo81
  

Student Advisory Council, Every Student Succeeds Act, Education Technology, Nutrition Programs, Those Who Excel, Educator Effectiveness, Data Strategies & Analytics, Rules & Waivers, Grant Accountability Transparency Act, Evidence-Based Funding, 
In Brief


I had a great opportunity on Monday to participate in the grand reopening event for the manufacturing lab in Wheeling High School in Township High School District 214. Wheeling is leading the charge to make high school more relevant for students and their communities with its strong STEM focus. Wheeling administers a nationally recognized engineering/manufacturing program and is one of only a handful of schools across the country manufacturing parts for NASA that will be installed on the International Space Station. The school recently doubled the size of its manufacturing lab in response to industry demands for engineering and manufacturing experience. Wheeling is also home to an incredible nanotechnology lab. Real-world programs like these at Wheeling benefit students in so many ways, helping them to expand upon their math, science, and language competencies and develop problem-solving and teamwork skills.​

3/20/2018State SuperintendentAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo80
  
Data Strategies & Analytics; Those Who Excel; Educator Effectiveness; Every Student Succeeds Act; Rules & Waivers; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; Evidence-Based Funding; Assessments & Accountability; In Brief;

I participated last week in the Council of Chief State School Officers’ Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C. It was amazing to connect with educational leaders in other states and to learn about the powerful work happening around the country to expand opportunities for all students. I was also able to share the incredible progress that is making Illinois stand out as a national leader.

3/13/2018State SuperintendentAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo79
  
College & Career Readiness; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; Evidence-Based Funding; Assessments & Accountability; Educator Effectiveness; In Brief

Last week, I had the opportunity to join Jason Leahy, executive director of the Illinois Principals Association, on the IPA Talk podcast. We covered a lot of ground, including student voice and student safety, ISBE’s fiscal year 2019 budget recommendation, Evidence-Based Funding, ESSA, and assessments. Here is some of what we talked about.

3/6/2018State SuperintendentAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo78
  
Grant Accountability Transparency Act; Evidence-Based Funding; Assessments & Accountability; Educator Effectiveness; Early Childhood Education; Nutrition Programs; Funding & Disbursements; In Brief

I have had the opportunity today to engage the House and Senate Appropriations Committees regarding the importance of our fiscal year 2019 Investment to Support Educational Excellence Budget Recommendation, along with Kevin Settle, who is a State Board member from Mount Vernon and chairman of ISBE’s Finance and Audit Committee, and Chief Financial Officer Robert Wolfe. We continue to advocate for full funding to interrupt the deep and historic inequities in our state and provide the support that all our districts and students need to thrive.

2/27/2018State SuperintendentAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo76
  
Every Student Succeeds Act; Evidence-Based Funding; Early Childhood Education; Charter Schools; Nutrition Programs; Assessments & Accountability; School Safety; Education Technology; Funding & Disbursements; Wellness Programs; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; In Brief

Today, Wednesday, Feb. 21, is the LAST DAY for your district to request changes to your enrollment data, which serves as the basis for fiscal year 2018 Evidence-Based Funding. We will not accept any requests for changes after 11:59 p.m. today. If we do not hear from your district before this deadline, we will proceed with the understanding that your district’s enrollment numbers are verified and correct. After this final verification period, agency staff will finalize and voucher tier funding payments.

2/21/2018State SuperintendentAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo75
  
Every Student Succeeds Act; Assessments & Accountability; School Safety; Wellness Programs; Education Technology; Funding & Disbursements; Early Childhood Education; Charter Schools; Teaching & Learning; Rules & Waivers; Nutrition Programs; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; In Brief

Following on the State Board meeting today, I want to emphasize a few important points and critical timeline reminders.

The Board today authorized the release of a Request for Sealed Proposals (RFSP) for a new assessment vendor for our grades 3 through 8 math and English language arts accountability assessment. ISBE has valued the ongoing partnership and leadership of educators since the start of the PARCC assessment. I sent out this letter last week outlining our collective vision for a suite of aligned Illinois Assessments of Readiness that serve educators, students, and families. Our goal is to provide a more useful understanding of where students are in their learning journey today and how ready they are for what is coming next.

2/14/2018State SuperintendentAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo74
  
Information Technology; Every Student Succeeds Act; Charter Schools; Teaching & Learning; Rules & Waivers; Evidence-Based Funding; Wellness Programs; Culture & Climate; Nutrition Programs; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; Funding & Disbursements; Early Childhood Education; In Brief

In the face of some recent criticism, I want to assure all of you working hard every day to serve the students and families in your care that ISBE will continue to advocate for the adequate resources and safe and supportive learning environments Illinois students need to reach their full potential. That is our role! Immediately following the passing of Evidenced-Based Funding (EBF) last August, ISBE began sending vouchers for the Base Funding Minimum, which accounts for approximately 94 percent of the appropriated Evidence-Based Funding. We must ensure that we have accurate data for this critical baseline year of the formula. Since enrollment was never used to calculate funding, we asked you to verify your district’s data and we executed our own verification of the data submitted. We appreciate the opportunities we have had to work and learn together throughout the enrollment verification process. We are now in the final stages; as I have shared since the bill signing on Aug. 31, April is still the timeline for vouchering and distributing Tier Funding.

2/6/2018State SuperintendentAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo73
  
Every Student Succeeds Act; Evidence-Based Funding; Wellness Programs; Culture & Climate; Nutrition Programs; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; Those Who Excel; Funding & Disbursements; College & Career Readiness; Early Childhood Education; Educator Effectiveness; In Brief

Districts across the state are thinking critically about inclusion and equity to engage students with diverse needs and life experiences. I had the opportunity to visit Keeneyville Elementary School District 20 last week and was struck by the intentionality of inclusion in the district.

1/30/2018State SuperintendentAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo72
  
Those Who Excel; Funding & Disbursements; College & Career Readiness; Early Childhood Education; Educator Effectiveness; Culture & Climate; School Business Services; Nutrition Programs; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; In Brief

The federal government shutdown concluded late Monday after three days, with Congress and the president agreeing to a spending plan to fund the government through February 8. ISBE staff confirmed that a federal government shutdown does not limit our ability to continue to draw federal funds to provide reimbursements to grantees, as most federal education funding is advance funded to states. We will continue to closely monitor the situation. The temporary spending bill passed Monday maintained level funding for education programs and extended the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years. The State Board and I are urging Congress and the president to come to a long-term resolution that protects critical funding for students, families, and schools.

1/23/2018State SuperintendentAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo71
  
Those Who Excel; School Business Services; Nutrition Programs; Illinois Bicentennial Celebration; Education Technology; Culture & Climate; College & Career Readiness; Rules & Waivers; Educator Effectiveness; Early Childhood Education; Wellness Programs; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; In Brief

As states across the nation, including Illinois, face increasing challenges recruiting and retaining educators, I believe we have to prioritize support, mentorship, and professional learning for our teachers. Title II funding is the only federal money focused specifically on teacher improvement and growth – and a bill approved by the U.S. House of Representatives puts Title II funding at risk. The bill would eliminate more than $2 billion in federal funding for teacher development. Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen and I highlighted the importance of Title II funding to support educators in a piece we put out last week. We have to do a better job of caring for our teachers if we hope to turn the tide on the national teacher shortage and, in turn, improve student outcomes. We urge Congress to maintain this critical funding to ensure all students are supported by highly prepared and effective teachers. Please reach out and share your stories about how these funds help staff and students and please add your advocacy to the national conversation.

1/16/2018State SuperintendentAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo69
  
Illinois Bicentennial Celebration; Education Technology; Culture & Climate; Illinois Green Ribbon Schools; College & Career Readiness; Nutrition Programs; Rules & Waivers; Educator Effectiveness; Early Childhood Education; Wellness Programs; Nonpublic Schools; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; In Brief

Fair access to a quality education continues to be at the heart of the State Board’s mission. We have entered this new year with a renewed commitment to innovation in support of Illinois children, a commitment that includes exploring ways to move away from the constraints of seat time and maximize opportunities for every one of our students.

1/9/2018State SuperintendentAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo68
  

Dates and Deadlines

We want to remind you of the upcoming dates and deadlines.  The full Weekly Message will return next week.

1/2/2018State SuperintendentAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo56
  

Dates and Deadlines

We want to remind you of the upcoming dates and deadlines.  The full Weekly Message will return in the new year.  Happy New Year!

12/25/2017State SuperintendentAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo55
  
Illinois Green Ribbon Schools, College & Career Readiness, Nutrition Programs, Educator Effectiveness, Wellness Programs, Early Childhood Education, Career and Technical Education, Nonpublic Schools, Grant Accountability Transparency Act

​As we go into holiday break, I want to share my appreciation for all of our partners who have pushed and pulled for us to reach where we are. Two historic events in 2017 shifted the public education landscape statewide, positioning Illinois to provide even more support to students and families. Both shifts resulted from the feedback, collaboration, and engagement of dedicated educators and advocates over months and years. Illinois now has fairer school funding and a balanced accountability system, reflecting renewed commitments from leadership across the state to providing all children the supports they need to thrive.​

12/19/2017State SuperintendentAdministrators; Community & Partners; Families & Students; TeachersNo54
  
Educator Effectiveness; Wellness Programs; Early Childhood Education; Career and Technical Education; Competency-Based High School Graduation Requirement Pilot; Every Student Succeeds Act; Assessment & Accountability; Rules & Waivers; Nutrition Programs; Grant Accountability Transparency Act; In Brief

High school students across the state continue to demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. Congratulations to the 2018-19 Illinois State Scholars honored by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission! The Illinois Student Assistance Commission recognizes Illinois high school students who perform in the top half of their class and/or score at or above the 95th percentile on the ACT or SAT. See the complete list of scholars.

12/12/2017State SuperintendentAdministrators; Teachers; Families & StudentsNo53
  
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.

10/24/2017External CommunicationsNo46
  
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.

10/17/2017External CommunicationsNo44
  
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.

10/11/2017External CommunicationsNo43
  
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.​

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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.

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​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.

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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.

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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.”

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​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.​​​
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​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.​​

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​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.​

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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.

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​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.

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​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.

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​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​.

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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.

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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.

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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.​​

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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.​

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​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.

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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.​

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​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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