September 24, 2017

ISBE Updates and Links

New Law:  HB2470 is now PA100-0008.  View full text here  The new law allows for the following:

  • Career and Technical Educator (CTE) endorsements may be issued to individuals who have 60 semester hours of coursework from a regionally accredited IHE or from an accredited trade and technical institution
  • Provisional Career and Technical educator endorsements can be renewed multiple times (was previously only renewable once) and 20 semester hours of coursework from a regionally accredited IHE is no longer required for renewal

New Vacancy Map:  Check out the new statewide unfilled positions map here: view here  You can also access the map from the “Educator Licensure” section of the ISBE website.

NEW ISBE Calendar

ISBE has added a useful, filterable calendar.  You can use it to filter due dates.  Click here and start using it.

Regional Superintendent, Tammy L. Muerhoff, Message

Welcome back to a new school year! I can hardly believe that Summer has concluded and a we’re off to a new year.  Wishing you and your students a fantastic year!

A Friendly Reminder!!!

Educator licenses will lapse on September 1 of the last year of the renewal cycle if not       renewed. If your license expired as of June 30, 2017, then be certain to log in to your ELIS  account and renew prior to September 1, 2017 in order to avoid paying a $500 penalty or completing 9 semester hours of coursework along with any applicable deficient professional development hours. Licenses not registered (fees not paid for registration) by January 1 will lapse. A lapsed license will only be reinstated by a $500 penalty fee being paid or by 9        semester hours of coursework being completed.

Middle School Endorsements Changing to Middle Grade Endorsements

Based upon recent legislation, there will be changes to the Middle School Endorsement process. They are as follows:

  • Any educator who holds a Junior High (5-8 or 6-8) endorsement issued prior to July 1, 1997 can continue to teach that endorsed area.
  • Any educator who holds a middle school subject area endorsement issued July 1, 1997 or after can continue to teach in that endorsed area.
  • Educators can apply for a middle school subject area endorsement through transcript evaluation under the current endorsement structure through January 31, 2018. If the educator does not meet the requirements for that endorsement, they will have 2 full fiscal years plus the remainder of that current fiscal year to remove any deficiencies for the endorsement to be issued.
  • Educators who currently hold a middle school subject area endorsement will be able to add a subsequent middle grade endorsement under the new endorsement structure that will take effect February 1, 2018 without needing to complete a state approved middle grade educator prep program.
  • Educators who currently hold a K-12 or Pre-K-21 teaching endorsement will be able to add a middle grade endorsement without needing to complete a state approved middle grade educator prep program.
  • Educators will be able to take coursework to add subsequent middle grade endorsements at any regionally accredited college or university in Illinois or out-of-state.
  • Beginning February 1, 2018, all new middle grade endorsements will require 24 semester hours of coursework which will include 3 semester hours of methods, plus the content area test.
  • Specific content tests have been developed in core areas for middle grade math, science, social science and language arts to be implemented during the spring of 2017.
  • Under the new middle grade endorsement structure, a General Middle Grades test will be required, in addition to the current subject area content test if the educator is seeking an endorsement outside the 4 core areas of math, science, social science or language arts
  • It is anticipated that the new General Middle Grades test will be available early spring of 2018.
  • The General Middle Grades test will be waived if the educator has taught for one year in grades 5-8.
  • The General Middle Grades test will also be waived if the educator has passed the Elementary/Middle Grade (110) test.
  • If an educator is teaching two or more subjects at the middle school, the educator needs to be fully licensed to teach in their major are of assignment and may now teach a minor area of assignment if they have taken 6 semester hours of coursework in the subject area (previously 9 hours).
  • ISBE no longer requires a Junior High or Middle School endorsement in order to teach in a departmentalized 5th grade classroom.If you have questions surrounding licensure, please do not hesitate to contact Brandi Schwanke at or 309-736-1111. 

Student Loan Forgiveness: An archived webinar is available by ISBE to provide educators with the information regarding federal and state opportunities for Student Loan Forgiveness.








#11515 Drones in the Curriculum

Drone technology offers many learning opportunities for students and opens possibilities for real-world applications and future careers. This session gives an introduction to drone terminology, safety needs, legal concerns, requirements, restrictions, sources, and pricing. We will explore a relatively low-cost way of starting a drone program at your school to stimulate student interest and involvement.

The first part of the workshop will focus on manual operation of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), involving unboxing your own drone and examining the procedure for getting it ready for its first flight.

As part of a deeper look into curriculum integration, we will then examine a curriculum that is aligned with Illinois State Standards as well as ISTE Standards. Participants will receive access to all drone curriculum materials as well as other sources for drone technology integration ideas.

As part of the registration fee, each participant will receive a new manually operated drone with all equipment needed for its first flight.


Date:  October 4, 2017
Time:  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location:  ROE Moline
Cost:  $325.00
Hours:  5.5
Presenter:  Phil Wasilewski
Audience:  All Educators
Registration Deadline:  9/20/2017

2017 Wilson Middle School Art Show

On May 24, 2017 Tiffany Denys, Art Teacher, and 7th & 8th Grade Students from Wilson Middle School were honored for their artwork.  To view pictures from this event click here

CONTIG Results

The 35th annual CONTIG contest, held on February 21, 2017,  was a huge success.  (for more pictures click here)

Congratulations to the overall winners in each grade:

4th Grade

1st place – Ali Ehrhardt – Andalusia, Rockridge School District

2nd place – Hailey Ross – Jordan Catholic

3rd place – Jesus Munoz – Our Lady of Grace


5th Grade

1st place –Deepak Badri – Bicentennial, Moline School District

2nd place –Dawson Peterson – Riverdale, Riverdale School District

3rd place – Jackson Bennett – Earl Hanson, Rock Island School District


6th Grade

1st place – Macy Walston – Riverdale, Riverdale School District

2nd place – Grant Sibley – John Deere, Moline School District

3rd place – Iris Reynolds – Jordan Catholic

A huge thank you goes out to Woodrow Wilson Jr High for hosting both events and for all the teachers and family members who continue to support and volunteer during these events.


STEM and STEAM Opportunities for Students, Families and Educators

qcsteam2The QC STEAM Festival is a half-day conference held at the WIU Riverfront Campus in Moline for youth in grades 3 thru 8 on Saturday, November 5. 2016. Enjoy multiple breakout sessions each hour in our interactive style conference with hands-on experiences that ignite your interests.

Youth can choose to simply attend QC STEAM or be one of our many youth presenters. If you have a passion for STEAM this is your chance to show off your interests and knowledge.

On the day of the event, students will receive a conference booklet where they can self-select three different sessions to attend throughout the morning in areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Possible sessions include painting a Fibonacci, becoming a structural engineer, programming robots, launching rockets, or writing your own music. Join us and become a maker, creator or inventor!

QC STEAM begins at 8:00 am and ends at noon. Pre-registration is required in order to attend the event. Snacks will be provided. Registration opens September 1, 2016 and closes on Friday, November 4, 2016. The cost is only $5 for attendees. Scholarships are available upon request.

Adults and area youth STEAM providers can also sign up to present sessions or volunteer for the morning event.


Registration below for Attendees, Presenters, or Volunteers:

Student Attendee Registration

Presenter, Volunteer and Organization Registration

For more information or questions contact:

QC STEAM Conference Coordinator

Ginger Long


2016 Wilson Middle School Art Show

IMG_3748Wilson Middle School Art Teacher, Tiffany Denys, and students came together on April 21st for a special recognition of a job well done.  Families and friends were able to view the student artwork on display.  Click here for more pictures

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 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 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!