March 25, 2017

Adaptive School Training

This training is provided by the Illinois MTSS Network which is a project of the Illinois State Board of Education.

This seminar is the “how” of professional learning communities:  how to participate in groups, how to lead, and how to facilitate for improved leading, teaching, and learning.  This seminar goes beyond the idea of professional learning communities to the actual implementation, describing specific ways to weave the collaborative fabric of a faculty, develop group member skills, and acquire the principles and understandings to engage in a continuous cycle of team and individual improvement.

This is a four-day training.  Participation in all four days is required and materials are provided:  April 11 & 12 & May 9 & 10, 2017 from 9 AM – 4:00 PM each day.

To register and for more information on this training click here


New endorsement structure is coming February 1, 2018 for the Middle School Endorsement.  To give those wanting to get this endorsement before the new rules take affect we are offering the 2 Middle School courses through Aurora University again this summer.  Please note that these courses will not allow you to add an endorsement following the February 1, 2018 deadline however it will allow you to add the endorsement before that date.  Endorsements can be made with these courses prior to the date (2/1/2018) and those endorsements will be grandfathered in.  For more information on these changes coming please click here

These courses will be provided as online courses that you will need to register through Aurora University.  They will take place in the Summer of 2017, more information will be provided here as it becomes available.

EDU 5440 Middle School Mission & Methods – 3 Grad Credits
This course explores some of the key issues impacting middle schools in our society today.  Using current research, case studies, and class projects, students will discuss and analyze issues that shape middle school current practice in a multi cultural society.  During the course, there will be opportunity to apply source concepts in the construction of an ideal middle school and to analyze different strategies for achieving this ideal.  Online June 12 – August 4

EDU 5370  Adolescent Development & Learning – 3 Grad Credits
The focus of this course is on the principles of adolescent development by examining aspects of biological, psychological and social development during adolescence. The course explores how social experiences in the family, peer group, school and broader community influence  adolescent development, how adolescents learn, what motivates them to learn, how schools (and   especially teachers) can make an important contribution to the growth of adolescents by  teaching in ways that “fit” the developmental needs of youth.  Online June 12 -August 4

EDUO5450  Middle School Math Methods
This course will be available as an online course through Aurora University June 5 – June 30, 2017.  

To register for these courses please use the following information:

Please go to

Scroll all the way to the bottom and click Webadvisor

Then click Continuing Education

Then click Register to Received Graduate Continuing Education Classes

Then scroll to Education Partner and select ROE Course Offerings

Due to the cost of these courses, early enrollment is suggested.


The Trail PRESENTS Connecting the Dots

Professional Learning Collaborative IARSS TRAIL Speaker Series: Managing the Classroom Effectively.  Creating Student Success by Combining Social Emotional Learning with Effective Classroom Management.  Featuring speaker, Author, founder of Connections Count and Freedom Writer Teacher:  Anne Schober.

The best learning occurs when supportive relationships are present.  Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is at the center of this success.  This highly interactive and engaging day will provide participants with many different techniques which they can use in their classrooms to formulate strong and productive relationships with their students with Social Emotional Learning as the central focus.

Anne Schober was in the trenches and has witnessed the massive transformation that has occurred in education.  When she entered her first classroom, she had dreams of perfect students, involved parents and lots of learning happening on a daily basis.  Her dreams were crushed and she had no idea how to reach her students.  In 2007, she was chosen by Erin Gruwell, the founder of the Freedom Writer Foundation and the teacher behind the movie, The Freedom Writers, to become one of 400 teachers worldwide to student under her tutelage.  Through this exposure, Anne learned how to engage, enlighten and empower her students and learned the importance of the student-teacher bond.


Date:  April 24, 2017
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Lunch included)
Location:  ROE Moline
Cost:  $99.00
Audience:  Every Teacher and Administrator

NOTE:  The Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Standards play a role in every classroom.  They are also woven into the new P.E. Standards.  This is a wonderful opportunity to gain knowledge and skill in this area.  Registration is as indicated above do not register with the ROE.

#11382 Unpacking Art Standards: National Core Arts and the New Illinois Arts Learning Standards…Design Thinking and the NEW Illinois Arts Learning Standards

NOTE:  This may be the ONLY workshop to explain the NEW Illinois Arts Standards and how to implement them.  Please let fellow Arts teachers know about this opportunity.  You won’t want to miss it!  During this workshop participants will see how the new art standards are relevant, meaningful, and work for you and your students.  Participants will review the National Core Arts Standards and the new Illinois Arts Learning Standards.  Time will be devoted to experiencing some effective strategies to immediately integrate selected standards into the curriculum.  After acquiring skill and knowledge of the new standards, participants will learn how to implement them in a manner which meets the advanced instructional practices now expected.  Art and Design drive the STEAM Engine!  Integrate design thinking into your curriculum.  Participants will see and participate in an activity that shows how collaborative teams of students use design thinking to identify a problem, generate ideas, create/design a prototype, and reflect on/refine their ideas.  In the design challenge framework students problem solve, innovate, create, apply higher order thinking, and 21st Century Skills.  This activity links directly to all four processes of the New Illinois Arts Learning Standards.

Date:  April 5, 2017
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Location:  ROE Moline
Cost:  $125.00
Presenter:  Joan Mills, Illinois Arts Education Association, Past President
Audience:  Teachers, Family Liaisons, School/District Teams, Administrators
Registration Deadline:  3/29/2017

Statewide System of Support Foundational Services

ROEISC_Med (3)The Illinois State Board of Education has partnered with the Illinois Center for School Improvement, Regional Offices of Education and Intermediate Service Centers across the state to deliver high quality, coordinated and consistent professional development, technical assistance and networking which establish the Foundational Services delivery framework under the Statewide System of Support.

The seven areas include:

Continuous Improvement Planning (CIP), using Rising Star on the Illinois Interactive Report Card

    • The New Illinois Learning Standards incorporating the Common Core in ELA
    • The New Illinois Learning Standards incorporating the Common Core in mathematics
    • Balanced Assessment/PARCC
    • Teacher Evaluation
    • Family Engagement
    • The New Illinois Learning Standards incorporating Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)










#11358 Developing your School/District’s Family Engagement Plan with 5 Essential Survey Results

Are you looking for data to guide your Family Engagement work? Do your 5 Essential Survey results show a need to improve in the area of Family Engagement?  Looking for a systematic, research-sound, easy instrument to guide your decision-making as you develop your plan?

Look no further….During this workshop participants will learn how to use the Illinois State Board of Education’s Family Engagement Framework and Action Planning Tool.   The tool will assist in developing and expanding school-family partnerships to support student learning and healthy development. Participants will also be given an opportunity to analyze and dig deeper into 5 Essential Survey results used to develop a Family Engagement Plan.

Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop/tablet and their 5 Essential Survey results.

Date:    February 23, 2017
9:00 AM – 3:30 PM
ROE Moline
Audience:  K-12 Teachers, Family Liaisons, School/District Teams & Administrators
Deb Taber & Nancy Galbraith
Registration Deadline:  2/16/2017





#11308  NGSS Networking Sessions: Collaborating to Create NGSS Units
Bring a colleague or meet one at this series of networking sessions to collaborate on the development of a fully-aligned NGSS unit for use in the classroom.  Each step of storylining will be highlighted along the way with time devoted to work on each step of this unit-development process.

Story lining includes:

  • Bundling performance expectations into units
  • Unpacking the 3 dimensions
  • Exploring phenomena (both investigative and anchoring)
  • Designing a coherent sequence of instruction through questioning
  • Developing a student product and beginning to consider rubrics and checklists

Each session will begin with teacher-led sharing of instructional strategies that target the necessary shifts of NGSS.  Please bring a laptop and the materials you will need to plan your unit.  A small registration fee will cover dinner costs. Click here to register.

Date:   Jan. 24, Mar. 9 & May 10, 2016/2017

Time:  4:30 – 8:00 PM

Cost: $10.00

Location:  ROE Moline

Presenters:  Amy Sandgren

Hours:  6

Registration Deadline:  1/17/2017


#11306  Phase 3 – Developing and Evaluating Units of Study Aligned to NGSS
Experience a series of lessons which will demonstrate unit plan coherency. Storylining (cohesive unit planning) will be built upon the process of unpacking and bundling the performance expectations and utilizing phenomena to deeply engage students in the core ideas. The NGSS Evidence Statements will help to determine what students should be able to do in order to achieve the performance expectation(s). The EQuIP rubric will be used to measure the NGSS alignment and overall quality of lessons and units. It is recommended that participants attend Phase 2 prior to this training.  A small registration fee to cover dinner costs.

Date: December 9, 2016
Time: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: ROE Moline
Cost: $10
Presenters:  Amy Sandgren
Hours: 6
Registration Deadline: 12/2/2016


#11305  Phase 4—Developing Your Own Storyline Units Aligned to NGSS
Science Foundational Services are designed to increase knowledge of the new Illinois Learning Standards for Science incorporating the Next Generation Standards (NGSS).
Phase 4 training will focus on your own coherent unit planning. Utilize the steps of the unit storylining process to bundle Performance Expectations into units and use the Evidence Statements to develop culminating student products. Select appropriate phenomena that will engage your students throughout the unit. Time will be provided to work on your own unit(s) so please bring any needed materials. Work in groups with others in your grade level-teams are encouraged to attend to leverage this planning time. Participants should attend Phase 3 prior to this training.
Date:    January 27 & February 13, 2017
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
ROE Moline
Cost: $20
K-12 Science Teachers & Administrators
Amy Sandgren
Registration Deadline: