March 25, 2019

#11814 On-Line Book Study: Everyday SEL: Integrating Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness into Your Classroom

Teachers, please join us for an Online Book Study. We will read and discuss the books: Everyday SEL for Elementary, Middle, and High School.

The initial kick‐off meeting is on July 16, 2019, from 9:00 – 10:00 AM at the RIROE Office.

This 8‐week book study will use an online forum. Participants will be responsible for reading required assignments, responding to bi‐weekly discussion postings, and responding to at least 3 other participants’ responses during each discussion. Further guidelines for this book study and how to effectively engage in the forum will be discussed during the initial meeting. Your commitment to complete all requirements is necessary to receive full credit.

In this new book from educational consultant Carla Tantillo Philibert, you’ll gain practical strategies for teaching social-emotional learning (SEL), mindfulness, and movement to help your elementary, middle school, and high school students maintain positive relationships, assume responsibility, become bodily aware, and grow into productive, contributing citizens. You’ll find out how to lead students through games, simple yoga poses, breathing techniques, and other activities that are easy to incorporate and help you manage your classroom. Topics include:

  • Empowering your students to understand their emotions, improve their focus, manage stress, and regulate their behavior through structured activities
  • Introducing your students to the concept of SEL and setting up your own SEL classroom
  • Engaging your students in activities to strengthen peer-to-peer communication, community-building, and leadership skills
  • Allowing your students to test their SEL skills through interactive stories and class discussions
  • Honing your own SEL competency through professional development sessions so your students can get the most out of their SEL experience

The book also offers a Professional Development Facilitator’s Guide to help you and your colleagues master the core concepts of SEL and implement them effectively in the classroom. The appendix provides additional strategies for overcoming common difficulties when first beginning your school’s SEL journey.

This Book Study is available for 1 grad credit through St. Francis University for an additional $100. If you would like to take this for grad credit more information will be available at the kick off meeting!

The book is included in the fee and fits so well with the current ESSA requirements.

***Please state your preference: Elementary, Middle, or High School. You will be able to grow and learn from all levels, K-12! Your book will be specific to your current grade level.

Date: July 16, 2019 face-to-face

Time: 9:00 – 10:00 AM

Location: ROE Moline and Online

Cost: $150.00

Hours: 15 or 1 grad credit through St Francis University at an additional $100

Audience: Teachers and Administrators

Presenter: Deb Taber and Lindsay Meeker

Registration Deadline: 7/9/2019


NEW!!!!! Autism in the Classroom

ROE49 has partnered with the National Autism Academy to offer several opportunities for PD.  You can choose either

“The National Autism Academy provides professional training for teachers with autism in the classroom. Although the skills and strategies are focused on children with autism, we see the application of these tools being used in a wide variety of behavioral dysfunctions.”
-Jeri Callaway Director, ROE SchoolWorks

  1. Individual classes (8) for $40 each and earn the number of PD hours assigned to each class. Most are 4 hours; a couple are 3 hours. 30 hours total. The total spend for eight classes is $320.
  2. The full 30-hour course (8 classes) for $288. 10% off $320 and earn 30 PD hours.
  3. Or you can receive 2 full graduate credits through Lindenwood University (LU).  Once the requirements for the grad course are met, and you pay LU the $150 admin fee you will receive two graduate credits through LU.

Children with autism struggle with sensory overload and sensory overwhelm which can cause them to experience paralyzing anxiety, inattention, lack of comprehension, anger, extreme frustration, meltdowns, negative self-image, and misperceptions of the social environment, among other things. Of course, these emotions and behaviors are not desirable for the classroom. Successfully teaching a child with autism requires that the educator understands certain dynamics of autistic thinking and works with the child accordingly.

The root of the difficulties that individuals with autism experience relates directly to the sensory over-stimulation and the resulting processing irregularities that are part of the autism. Because the neurological functioning of an individual with autism becomes overwhelmed by incoming sensory data, much other information in their environment is either never recognized, or never processed, and certainly is not stored for future reference.

As a result, children with autism are not learning automatically from their environment the way neurotypical (not on the autism spectrum) kids learn. Neurotypical children are building an understanding of the world that fuels their ability to be functional in general, their ability to succeed socially, and their overall executive functioning ability. The fact that children with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) don’t intuitively learn from their environment makes it necessary for us to intentionally and purposefully teach children with autism many abstract concepts, behaviors, and expectations that other children know instinctively from studying their environment. The lack of intuitive learning also leaves the ASD child without a social database to reference for interpersonal interactions, and that makes every interaction feel unique and unpredictable to them. This unpredictability can be extremely anxiety producing even to the point of being intolerable and can result in meltdowns, massive attempts to control the environment, and other extreme behaviors.

There are 8 courses to choose from for $40 each payable through the National Autism Academy website.  You may choose to take all 8 courses for a total discounted total of $288.  You must take the Introduction to Autism Class before you can move on to any of the others.  For more information or to sign up and get started click here.

#11829 Socio Economic Differences: Teaching Students of Poverty

Do you connect with your students in poverty? Does your curriculum?  Learn research-sound, teacher-friendly techniques to work with this population.  Based on Dr. Ruby Payne and Dr. Donna Beagle’s work, the participants will be able to develop curriculum and programs based on students’ class values, hidden rules, communication styles, behavior and more.  For instance, after school tutoring opportunities can be off-putting to students from poverty.  Learn how to frame those sessions so they are more enticing.

Presenter, Susan Zelnio, was a certified Ruby Payne trainer and has given the session from Omaha to Chicago to educators K-16 as well as agencies and businesses.
Date:  July 18, 2019
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Cost:  $75.00
Location:  ROE Moline
Audience:  All school personnel
Presenter:  Susan Zelnio
Registration Deadline:  7/11/2019


#11828 Twelve Moons: A Year with the Sauk and Meskwaki, 1817-1818 Local History

At this workshop, each participant will receive the book, Twelve Moons: A Year with the Sauk and Meskwaki, 1817-1818 and its accompanying Resource Guide filled with classroom activities, games, and vocabulary cards. All materials are aligned to grades 3-5 Social Sciences Learning Standards and include cross-curricular activities in language arts, math, science, and social sciences. Materials can be adapted for grades K-8.

Participants will “travel” back to 1817, learning local history about the Sauk and Meskwaki native people. Beth Carvey, past director of the John Hauberg Indian Museum at Black Hawk State Historic Site for 36 years, and 3 other educators have created a teacher-friendly, hands-on workshop. Participants completing fun, cooperative activities will experience the cross-curricular lessons and games which center on the lunar months and the related seasonal activities of the Sauk and Meskwaki. You will walk away not only with the materials, but with in-depth knowledge of these native people and how to implement lessons/activities on the first day of school!

Throughout the day participants will learn about such things as the Sensisepo Kebesaukee, the peninsula formed by the confluence of the Rock and Mississippi Rivers. This land, rich in natural resources, was where the two tribes located their capital towns. During the day you will explore the Sauk capital, Saukenuk, one of the largest Native cities on the continent. Other activities will illustrate how the Sauk and Meskwaki lives were interwoven within the rhythms of the natural world around them.

During lunch, participants will also have time to visit the museum located within the lodge. This is a fun workshop, DO NOT MISS! Bring your peers and enjoy the day.

DATE: June 13, 2019
TIME: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Doors open at 8:30)
Location: Black Hawk State Park Watch Tower Lodge, 1800 46th Ave., Rock Island
COST: $75.00
PRESENTERS: Kristen Bergren, Terry Bilyeu, Beth Carvey, Marion Lardner




#11823 ACES II Comes to School: Strategies to Reduce Challenging Symptoms in School

When students have been exposed to traumatic events and situations, their neurodevelopment is altered in ways that impact their behavior, executive functioning and academic performance in school.  These students often become our most challenging to serve and support.  Building on the information in the ACE Interface training, this session will delve deeper into the neuro-psycho-social impact of trauma, and how these symptoms are exhibited in the classroom.  Then, participants will explore a three-tiered approach for reducing symptoms and supporting healthy development.  This approach will include practical tools for preventing traumatic symptoms through environmental and academic strategies, as well as evidence-based approaches to handling our own stress in order to make better connections with students who need it most.

Taught by Jennifer Best, MS Ed., CFLE, CFCS-HDFS, BCC from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, participants will walk away with materials and hands-on tools that they can start implementing the day after the training.

Training supported and endorsed by the Eastern Iowa – Western Illinois Trauma Informed Care Consortium.

REQUIREMENT: Participants MUST have attend the prerequisite, ACE I- Interface: Understanding the impact of trauma on health, behavior and your role in building resiliency for positive student outcomes prior to attending this session. It has been offered many times at the ROE over the last 3 years.

Date: May 1, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Cost: $125.00
Location: ROE Moline
PD Hours: 6
Audience: Teachers, Admin., Counselors, Nurses, Paras
Registration Deadline: 04/24/2019


#11818 Drones

As drones continue to grow in both popularity and functionality, businesses are rapidly expanding their uses of unmanned aerial vehicles. As we look for new ways to prepare our students for the changing workforce economy, we can look at adding drones to our curriculum. Bringing unmanned aerial vehicles into our schools and classrooms can provide an engaging opportunity to teach our students real-world skills. This workshop will provide: an introduction to drone terminology, safety issues, legal concerns, requirements, and drone options.

The workshop will be a hands-on experience as participants explore the set-up and operation of a drone. We will also explore ways that participants can bring drones into their own classrooms.

After completion of the training, drones are available to educators for check-out through the Rock Island County Regional Office of Education to utilize in the classroom.  This training is mandatory in order to check out the set of drones.


Date:  May 23, 2019
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Hours:  5
Cost:  $35
Audience:  All Educators
Presenter:  Ben Sondgeroth
Registration Deadline:  5/16/2019

Moline Elementary 2019 Art Show

On February 13, 2019 families and friends recognized the students of:

Moline Elementary Schools and Art Teachers Jim Sheese, David Schriefer, Kayla Dixon, Elizabeth Nache and Sarah Dembosky

For more pictures of this event click here

Teacher Job Fair

When?  Monday, April 15, 2019  2:00 – 5:00 PM
Where?  Mississippi Bend AEA, 729 21st Street, Bettendorf, IA
Register? and click on “Teacher Job Fair” banner
Questions?  contact Dawn Meier, 563/344-6411 or email

For more information or for a full PDF copy of flyer click now

#11796 A Design Thinking Approach to Education

By the time our students enter the working world, the technology that we teach them today will more than likely be obsolete. How then, can we best prepare them for the workplace that they will encounter? The answer lies in two concepts that will never become obsolete: innovation and creativity. The Design Thinking framework gives us the ability to develop a creative problem-solving mindset when looking at situations. This framework can be brought into our classrooms to create an atmosphere that focuses on collaboration, research, and creativity. Participants in this workshop will engage in a deep dive into the Design Thinking framework while completing hands-on challenges. We will also dedicate time to discuss and work through ways it can be implemented in the classroom.

Date:  June 17, 2019
Time:  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cost:  $10
Location:  ROE Moline
Hours:  3
Audience:  Superintendents, Principals and Teachers
Presenter:  Ben Sondgeroth
Registration Deadline:  6/10/2019


#11795 STEM (STEAM) for the Non-STEM (STEAM) Content Area Teacher

STEM or STEAM continues to be one of the most used buzz-words in education, but when looked at practically what does STEM actually mean? Teachers outside of science, technology, engineering, and math are often asked to bring STEM activities to their classroom but lack any ability to connect STEM to their curriculum. This workshop will work with those teachers on how the principals of
STEM can be applied in their classroom s. While this will be designed for non-STEM area teachers, teachers in the STEM disciplines are welcome to attend!

Date:  April 26, 2019
Time:  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Cost:  $10
Location:  ROE Moline
Hours:  3
Audience:  All Educators
Presenter:  Ben Sondgeroth
Registration Deadline:  4/19/2019