April 20, 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.

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?  www.mbaea.org and click on “Teacher Job Fair” banner
Questions?  contact Dawn Meier, 563/344-6411 or email dmeier@mbaea.org

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

District Job Openings for 2018-2019 School Year

Job-vacancy-postingThe following is a list of job openings that the Regional Office of Education has been given the information for and agreed to posting for the districts who have submitted them to us. Please note that there is every possibility that there are several more job openings out there that are not posted here.  For district job openings please refer to each district website where they would list their openings either on the home page or sometimes in a link under “human resources”.  All applications/resumes are through the district that has the opening, the ROE does not accept any applications/resumes for these jobs!


For openings at RIROE go to:  Early Childhood


ISAC - Illinois Student Assistance CommissionWe are currently seeking recent college graduates to fill positions across the state that will serve as IL GEAR UP Corps Members.  An IL GEAR UP Corps member is a direct service position that will be working with middle school students through interactive workshops, mentoring, and family events.  I have attached the job posting for additional details. One of our vacancies will be stationed at Edison Junior High School in Rock Island. 

We are conducting interviews across the state at the end of March and April.  If you know of any interested candidates, here is the link to start the application process:  http://www.isac.org/jointhecorps



 To check for other openings please click here



Other openings may be available in the East Moline Dist. 37 but these are the ones that we have information on for information on all Dist #37 job openings please click here



Hampton Elementary School has a .75 FTE Art position available for the 2019-2020 school year. All interested/qualified teachers with an art endorsement, please send resume to Scott McKissick , Superintendent. Hampton Elementary School, 206 5th Street, Hampton, IL 61256




Other openings may be available in the Rockridge School Dist., please click here for more information/possibilities.



Other openings may be available in the Sherrard District, please click here for more information/possibilities



Questions:  Contact Dr. Terri VandeWiele, Superintendent at 309-792-9325     Apply:   Online at http://silvis34.net/?page_id=34


Contact:  Connie Ertel, Interim Principal @ 309/755-9771 

Please contact certel@olgca.org or call 309 737 2179 or 309 755 9771 as soon as possible. 



Alleman High School, 1103 40th Street, Rock Island, IL
Contact:  David Hobin, Principal @ 309/786-7793


CAMELOT OF THE QUAD CITIES, 3601 69th Avenue, Moline, IL 61265
Contact:  Debra Singley, Principal @309/517-6330 X11

Camelot offers a complete benefit package including:

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Short Term Disability
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Life Insurance (including a company paid policy)
  • Company paid Long Term Disability
  • Accident and Critical Illness Coverage
  • 401k
  • Vacation Leave & Paid Sick Time
  • Up to 46 days of Paid Holidays

How to Apply:  Please apply online at:  www.cameloteducation.org  or direct link to job at:    http://atsod.com/j/s.cfm/9SF

Contact:  Please email hr@cameloteducation.org if you have any questions.



Regional Superintendent, Tammy L. Muerhoff, Message

Regional Superintendent’s Message Fall 2018-2019 School Year

Welcome back to a new school year! I hope your Summer was filled with plenty of time with family and friends. Wishing you and your students a fantastic year!

A Friendly Reminder!!!
A Professional Educator License or an Educator License with Stipulations endorsed for Career and Technical Education will lapse on September 1 of the last year of the renewal cycle if not renewed. If your license expired as of June 30, 2018, then be certain to log in to your ELIS account, enter the necessary professional development, and pay the registration fee

You must renew prior to September 1, 2018 in order to avoid paying a $500 penalty or completing 9 semester hours of coursework along with any applicable deficient professional development hours.

A lapsed license will only be reinstated by a $500 penalty fee being paid or by 9 semester hours of coursework being completed.

Your license is required to be renewed and registered in order to be valid for working in the classroom.

If you have questions surrounding licensure, please do not hesitate to contact Brandi Schwanke at brandi.schwanke@riroe.com or 309-736-1111.











Illinois Heart Rescue High School CPR & AED Kits

Illinois High School students will be able to learn CPR with new equipment thanks to Illinois Heart Rescue and WorldPoint.  As part of their mission to train as many Illinois residents as possible, Illinois Heart Rescue, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing survival for cardiac arrest, has teamed up with WorldPoint, an American Heart Association distributor, to create kits.  Each kit includes 4 durable manikins, an AED trainer and materials for the teacher including pre-post test.  Please fill out the following form and submit to check out a kit from the ROE today to train your students.

2019 Educator License Renewal



It’s that time of year again; renewal/registration is upon us. For those of you who have a renewal date of 2017 you may do so anytime between April 1 – June 30, 2019. As most of you know ISBE has went paperless so everything is done online through your ELIS account.  We have added some documents to our website to help guide you through getting into your account.  Please go to www.riroe.com click on the “Teacher Resources” tab, then click on “ELIS User Manual”, use this manual as your guide to ELIS.  You will need to enter all of your Professional Development (PD) before you will be able to renew/register.

ISBE has added some “How-to-videos” to help you through the processes of navigating your ELIS account; how to create your account; how to update; how to renew, etc. click here for videos.

*Please remember that if you are up for renewal/registration and do not register/renew your license by June 30th, if it is set for renewal, this will lead to an expired license with all expired licenses lapsing on Sept. 1, 2019. Once a license has lapsed it will cost $500.00 plus your PD hours or 9 semester credit hours to renew. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at brandi.schwanke@riroe.com or by calling 309/736-1111.

Here are a few links to some documents that may lend you some guidance. (these links will be available when the information is ready)

Renewal 2016-2017   Retired Renewal FY 2017   Entering PD in ELIS April 2017




ParaPro Assessment Test at RIROE

parapro_header_logo_140x72What is the ParaPro Assessment Test?
The ParaPro Assessment Test measures the skills and knowledge in reading, writing and math possessed by prospective and practicing paraprofessionals.  It also measures their ability to apply those skills and knowledge when assisting in classroom instruction.  It was designed to satisfy the requirements of the federally legislated NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND ACT.

Who Takes the Test?
If you are going to apply for a paraprofessional educator license you must have a high school diploma or GED; and must meet one of the following requirements:

  • have completed at least 60 semester hours of credit from a regionally accredited institution
  • hold an Associate/Bachelor degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • completed and earned the following scores on the Work Keys test:  Reading for Information (4), Writing/Business Writing (3), Applied Math (4)
  • Or you must present an official score report from Educational Testing Service (ETS) showing a score of 460 or higher on the ParaPro Assessment Test

How, Where and Who?
The test takes approximately 2 1/2 hours to complete and is completed on the computer.  Test subjects include: reading, writing, and math.  There are 90 multiple choice questions, approximately 2/3 of which focus on basic skills and knowledge.  The remaining 1/3 focuses on applying skills in the classroom and the complete test questions are given in English.

Registration, Cost, Results
To register for the ParaPro test please contact the ROE at 309/736-1111.  The Cost for this test is $65 cash or you can use a debit or credit card for a cost of $68.00.  You will be able to access, view and download scores after the test but official score reports will be mailed to test takers approximately 2-3 weeks from the date of the test.  If you do not pass the ParaPro Test you must wait upto 21 days before you can retake it.

ISBE Licensure Fees
You must go to www.isbe.net click on “ELIS” create an account for a ParaProfessional License and fill out the application.  The cost of the license on ISBE is $101.75 ($100 for license and $1.75 card fee) then once you have been approved for the license you must submit your high school diploma and either a official transcript showing your 60 or more semester hours; or Associates/Bachelors Degree; or test results from either the ParaPro Assessment test or Work Keys test.  Don’t forget once all of this has been approved you must register your license in the county that you are going to be working in!  There is a fee of $51.75 for registering your license ($50.00 for license and $1.75 card fee).

Click here for help to register for your ParaProfessional License


1.  Go torenew www.isbe.net click on ELIS at the top of the page.

2.  Follow the “click here link” from the Educators Access on the left side of the page.

3.  If you are a new ELIS user you will follow the direction on the RIGHT side of the page (FORMER ECS USERS OR FIRST TIME ACCESS TO ELIS SYSTEM)

4.  If you have created a login and password previously you will follow the direction on left side of the page.

5.  If you are new to ELIS fill in the required fields and create login and password.

6.  Please remember login and password as ROE DOES NOT have access to passwords.

7.  If you have completed the first step or sign up process you now have access to the new ELIS system.

8.  From this page click the “CONTINUE” button to access your ELIS credential page.

9.  At your page (ACTION CENTER BOX) you will be able to review deficiency and renew/register and/or reinstate your license.  You will also be able to enter Professional Development Hours, apply for endorsement, edit contact information and update your employment status.

10.  If you are up for renewal this year and already have a “PEL” you MUST submit your Professional Development Hours first then be directed back to your Action Center for Renewal.  Renewal window is open from April 1 – June 30th!


Additional Services Provided


  • Fingerprinting Services (The Firm) provided Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

  • Illinois Licensure Teacher Testing System (ILTS) Tuesday & Thursday please click on link (ILTS) to schedule your testing

  • GED Testing Site provided Tuesday & Thursdays please go to (Pearson VUE) to sign up and register

  • GED Constitution Testing provided each Friday please call 309/736-1111 to schedule a test

  • Paraprofessional Testing provided on Tuesday & Thursday please call 309/736-1111 to schedule a test or for more information click here


Directions to our location:

  • From the North:  280E/US-61 S.  Keep straight onto I-74 E/ I-280 E.  At exit 18B, take ramp right for I-74 West/US-6 West toward Moline.  At exit 3, take ramp right and follow signs for Avenue of the Cities.  Turn right onto Avenue of the Cities.  At light on intersection of 34th Street and Avenue of the Cities the Coolidge School Building on your right is the location.  Turn Right onto 34th Street and then a left into the parking lot.
  • From the West:  I-280 W Merge onto I-74 W/US-6 W via Exit 5A toward Moline.  Merge onto John Deere Rd/IL-5 via Exit 4B.  Turn left onto 60th Street which becomes Kennedy Dr.  Turn right onto Avenue of the Cities.  At light on intersection of 34th Street and Avenue of the Cities the Coolidge School Building on your left is the location.  Turn left onto 34th Street and then a left into the parking lot.
  • From the West: I-88W/92.  Turns into Rt 5/92. Take 74W/Highway 6.  Turn right onto Avenue of the Cities.  At light on intersection of 34th Street and Avenue of the Cities the Coolidge School Building on your right is the location.  Turn Right onto 34th Street and then a left into the parking lot.
  • From the East:  280 W.  At exit 5B, take ramp right for US-6 East toward Quad City/Airport.  Take ramp right for I-280 East/I-74 East toward Chicago/Peoria.  At exit 18B, take ramp right for I-74 West / US-6 West toward Moline.  At exit 3, take ramp right and follow signs for Avenue of the Cities.  Turn right onto Avenue of the Cities.  At light on intersection of 34th Street and Avenue of the Cities the Coolidge School Building on your right is the location.  Turn Right onto 34th Street and then a left into the parking lot.
  • From the East: I-80 E take 74 E.  Cross over the river to IL. take 2nd Exit to Avenue of the Cities travel East to 34th Street.  At light on intersection of 34th Street and Avenue of the Cities the Coolidge School Building on your right is the location.  Turn Right onto 34th Street and then a left into the parking lot.
  • From the South:  I-280 E. Keep straight onto I-74 E. / I-280 E. At exit 18B, take ramp right for I-74 West/US-6 West toward Moline.  At exit 3, take ramp right and follow signs for Avenue of the Cities.  At light on intersection of 34th Street and Avenue of the Cities the Coolidge School Building on your right is the location.  Turn Right onto 34th Street and then a left into the parking lot.