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September

September 29, 2014 -- Preliminary FY 2015 Mandated Categorical Prorations Available; Federal Interest Income Reminder; New Electronic Grants Management System Dashboard Now Available; NCLB Monitoring Instrument and NCLB Title I Comparability; Summer Breakfast and/or Lunch Program Mandate for Summer School Programs; 2014-15 Nonpublic Registration, Enrollment and Staff Report in IWAS; Nominations Sought for Award Honoring Outstanding School Board President; Invitation to Comment on Rules; ISELA Sponsoring Fall Conferences; Proclamation to Honor Illinois Veterans & Community Classroom Project; Public Hearings Scheduled to Discuss Civic Education Task Force Report; Standards and Assessment Readiness Document Available for School Leaders; Alignment Workshop Scheduled; Those Who Excel Sold Out; Entries Sought From High School Students for Annual Poster Contest; Heartsaver Automated External Defibrillator Fund Grant Available; Schools Encouraged to Participate in Annual Earthquake Awareness Drill; Railroad Urges Schools and Photographers to Avoid Train Tracks for Student Pictures; Professional Development; Educator Opportunities; Student Opportunities; District Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

September 22, 2014 -- New Electronic Grants Management System Dashboard Now Available; Those Who Excel Sold Out; Public Hearings Scheduled to Discuss Civic Education Task Force Report; Standards and Assessment Readiness Document Available for School Leaders; Alignment Workshop Scheduled; Entries Sought From High School Students for Annual Poster Contest; Heartsaver Automated External Defibrillator Fund Grant Available; Recommendations for School Response to Enterovirus D68; Schools Encouraged to Participate in Annual Earthquake Awareness Drill; Railroad Urges Schools & Photographers to Avoid Train Tracks for Student Pictures; Governor Kicks Off Student Art Contest to Design Crest for USS Illinois Submarine; ISBE Seeking Volunteers for Illinois Least Restrictive Environment Data Cohort 5; Webinars Focused on Physical Education and Health Available for Schools This Fall; Webinar on Resolving Unpaid Meal Charges Scheduled for Oct. 1; National School Lunch Week is Oct. 13-17; Mock Election Education Materials Available Online for Teachers; Better Business Bureau Issues Alert for School Districts in Northern Illinois; Professional Development; Educator Opportunities; Student Opportunities; District Opportunities; Educator Resources; Employment Opportunities.

September 15, 2014 -- Recommendations for School Response to Enterovirus D68; Governor Kicks Off Student Art Contest to Design Crest for USS Illinois Submarine; ISBE Seeking Volunteers for Illinois Least Restrictive Environment Data Cohort 5; ISBE Special Education SEA Determination Released; Illinois Virtual School Adds New Courses for the 2014-15 School Year; Webinars Focused on Physical Education and Health Available for Schools This Fall; Webinar on Resolving Unpaid Meal Charges Scheduled for Oct. 1; National School Lunch Week is Oct. 13-17; Mock Election Education Materials Available Online for Teachers; Better Business Bureau Issues Alert for School Districts in Northern Illinois; Fiscal Year 2015 General State Aid Entitlement Calculations Finalized; Principals Encouraged to Submit School Highlights for the 2014 Report Card; ISBE Model Mathematics Curriculum Team Seeks Educator Input by Sept. 20; Opportunity to Become a Gifted Education Seminar Trainer This Fall; Ed Leaders Network Provides Access to State-Mandated Trainings; Professional Development; Educator Opportunities; Student Opportunities; District Opportunities; Educator Resources; Employment Opportunities.

September 8, 2014 -- Fiscal Year 2015 General State Aid Entitlement Calculations Finalized; Principals Encouraged to Submit School Highlights for the 2014 Report Card; ISBE Removes District Mandate to Create Technology Plans; ISBE Special Education SEA Determination Released; ISBE Model Mathematics Curriculum Team Seeks Educator Input by Sept. 20; Opportunity to Become a Gifted Education Seminar Trainer This Fall; Ed Leaders Network Provides Access to State-Mandated Trainings; ISBE Using New Statewide Technology Readiness Tool Called I-TRAx; Additional Student Growth Training Modules Now Available Online; NCLB Monitoring Instrument and NCLB Title I Comparability; Title I Directors Conference Scheduled for Sept. 16-18 in Springfield; CDC Releases Guidance on Ebola Virus; Health Exam and Immunization Requirements for School Attendance; Invitation to Comment on Rules; David Elbaum Named 2014 Illinois History Teacher of the Year; Registration Open for Back-to-School Webinar for Parents on Sept. 9; Professional Development; Educator Opportunities; Student Opportunities; District Opportunities.

September 2, 2014 -- ISBE Using New Statewide Technology Readiness Tool Called I-TRAx; Data Collection for ACT/WorkKeys and PARCC Fall Block Testing Programs; Additional Student Growth Training Modules Now Available Online; DLM Alternate Assessment System Pre-Recorded Webinar Training Available; ISBE Removes District Mandate to Create Technology Plans; NCLB Monitoring Instrument and NCLB Title I Comparability; Waiver Request for State-Administered ESEA Programs; Annual Title I Directors Conference Scheduled for Sept. 16-18 in Springfield; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Health Exam and Immunization Requirements for School Attendance; David Elbaum Named 2014 Illinois History Teacher of the Year; Opportunity to Review 2014 5Essentials Survey of Learning Conditions Results; Registration Open for Back-to-School Webinar for Parents on Sept. 9; Important Notice for School Maintenance Project Grant FY 2014 Recipients; Free School Safety Conference Sept. 25 in Arlington Heights; Professional Development; Educator Opportunities; Student Opportunities; District Opportunities; Educator Resources; Employment Opportunities.

August

August 26, 2014 -- Data Collection for ACT/WorkKeys and PARCC Fall Block Testing Programs; DLM Alternate Assessment System Pre-Recorded Webinar Training Available; Opportunity to Review 2014 5Essentials Survey of Learning Conditions Results; Registration Open for Back-to-School Webinar for Parents on Sept. 9; Important Notice for School Maintenance Project Grant FY 2014 Recipients; Annual Title I Directors Conference Scheduled for Sept. 16-18 in Springfield; Free School Safety Conference Sept. 25 in Arlington Heights; Reminder on Use of Interrupted School Days for Adverse Weather Conditions; Guidance on Providing Educational Services for Immigrant Children; ISBE Accepting Nominations for U.S. Presidential Scholar Program; Applications Sought for U.S. Senate Youth Program and Hearst Scholarship; Free Training Available on Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention; Registration Open for 16th Annual IAASE Fall Conference Sept. 25-26 in Tinley Park; ISBE Seeks Volunteers for Illinois Least Restrictive Environment Data Cohort 5; 2014 Salaries for ISBE Employment Information System Due Aug. 29; Award-Winning Teacher Pam Reilly Available for Speaking Engagements; Professional Development; Educator Opportunities; Student Opportunities; District Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

August 18, 2014 -- Reminder on Use of Interrupted School Days for Adverse Weather Conditions; Preliminary FY 2015 General State Aid Entitlement Calculations Completed; Regular Transportation Reimbursement – Equalized Assessed Valuation Correction; Guidance on Providing Educational Services for Immigrant Children; Bilingual Program Directors’ Meeting Scheduled for Sept. 10-11; Interactive Parent Engagement Workshop for Families of English Learners; ISBE Accepting Nominations for U.S. Presidential Scholar Program; Applications Sought for U.S. Senate Youth Program and Hearst Scholarship; Free Training Available on Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention; Registration Open for 16th Annual IAASE Fall Conference Sept. 25-26 in Tinley Park; ISBE Seeks Volunteers for Illinois Least Restrictive Environment Data Cohort 5; ISBE-Funded Learning Ally Access Grants Available for FY 2015; 2014 Salaries for ISBE Employment Information System Due Aug. 29; Dynamic Learning Maps District Staff Training Opportunity; PARCC ‘End of Course’ and ‘End of Year’ Components Explained; Award-Winning Teacher Pam Reilly Available for Speaking Engagements; 2014 Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium Oct. 7-8; 2014 Back-to-School Webinar Aug. 19 to Highlight Ongoing Education Initiatives; Cable Company Provides Internet Access Opportunity to Low-Income Families; Educator Opportunities; Student Opportunities; District Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

August 12, 2014 -- Preliminary FY 2015 General State Aid Entitlement Calculations Completed; Regular Transportation Reimbursement – Equalized Assessed Valuation Correction; 2014 Salaries for ISBE Employment Information System Due Aug. 29; PARCC ‘End of Course’ and ‘End of Year’ Components Explained; 2014-15 Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment Testing Window Set; ISBE Seeks Volunteers for Illinois Least Restrictive Environment Data Cohort 5; ISBE-Funded Learning Ally Access  Grants Available for FY 2015; Bilingual Program Directors’ Meeting Scheduled for Sept. 10-11; Interactive Parent Engagement Workshop for Families of English Learners; 2014 Focus on Illinois Education Research Symposium Oct. 7-8; Requirements for School Treasurer Bonds; New Quality Rating and Improvement System for Preschool for All Programs; Illinois Family and Consumer Sciences Leaders Earn National Honors; ISBE Seeks Honorees for Exemplary Teacher Recognition Award Luncheon; Fuel Up! Grants Available to Expand School Breakfast Programs; 2014 Back-to-School Webinar Aug. 19 to Highlight Ongoing Education Initiatives; Cable Company Provides Internet Access Opportunity to Low-Income Families; Educator Opportunities; Student Opportunities; District Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

August 5, 2014 -- 2014-15 Dynamic Learning Maps Alternate Assessment Testing Window Set; Requirements for School Treasurer Bonds; Indirect Cost Rates for Program Year 2015; New Quality Rating and Improvement System for Preschool for All Programs; Illinois Family and Consumer Sciences Leaders Earn National Honors; ISBE Seeks Honorees for Exemplary Teacher Recognition Award Luncheon; Fuel Up! Grants Available to Expand School Breakfast Programs; 2014 Back-to-School Webinar Aug. 19 to Highlight Ongoing Education Initiatives; Grandfathering Gifted Education Teacher Endorsement Provision Included in Rules; 2014 Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Children Essay and Art Contest; District Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

July

July 29, 2014 -- 2014 Back-to-School Webinar Aug. 19 to Highlight Ongoing Education Initiatives; Grandfathering Gifted Education Teacher Endorsement Provision Included in Rules; Indirect Cost Rates for Program Year 2015; 2014 Migrant and Seasonal Farmworker Children Essay and Art Contest; Illinois Virtual School Expands Opportunities for Students; ‘Statewide Tool to Help Illinois Schools Support Student Mental Health’ Webinar; ‘A Workshop for RN’s Working in the Schools’ Scheduled for July 31-Aug.1; ‘Best Practices in Addressing Student Behaviors While Keeping Schools Safe’; Student Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

July 21, 2014 -- 2014 5Essentials Results to Be Released to Principals and Superintendents July 30; ISBE to Offer Alternatives to the Illinois 5Essentials Survey; Illinois Virtual School Expands Opportunities for Students; Award-Winning Teacher Pam Reilly Available for Speaking Engagements; Illinois Prevention Initiative Biennial Report for FY 12 and FY 13 Available; Smart Snacks in Schools Effective July 1, 2014; HealthierUS School Challenge Application Deadline Coming Up; Curricula Funding Available for HealthierUS School Challenge; Individuals Sought to Serve on the Illinois Advisory Council on Bilingual Education; ‘Statewide Tool to Help Illinois Schools Support Student Mental Health’ Webinar; ‘A Workshop for RN’s Working in the Schools’ Scheduled for July 31-Aug.1; ‘Best Practices in Addressing Student Behaviors While Keeping Schools Safe’; Illinois Energy Now Applications Available for Public Sector Entities; Student Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

July 14, 2014 -- 2014 5Essentials Results to Be Released to Principals and Superintendents July 30; ISBE to Offer Alternatives to the Illinois 5Essentials Survey; Illinois Prevention Initiative Biennial Report  for FY 12 and FY 13 Available; Smart Snacks in Schools Effective July 1, 2014; HealthierUS School Challenge Application Deadline Coming Up; Curricula Funding Available for HealthierUS School Challenge; Resources on Supporting District Wellness Policies Available Online; Individuals Sought to Serve on the Illinois Advisory Council on Bilingual Education; Performance Level Cut-Scores on the IAA Reading and Math Assessments Adjusted; Student Growth Training Modules Series Available Online; Rising Star Continuous Improvement Platform for Fiscal Year 2015; FY 15 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program Grant RFP Released; Teacher Recall Rights; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; ‘Best Practices in Addressing Student Behaviors While Keeping Schools Safe’; Illinois Energy Now Applications Available for Public Sector Entities; Award-Winning Teacher Pam Reilly Available for Speaking Engagements; Educator Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

July 1, 2014 -- Assessment Correction Window Open With 2014 ISAT Preliminary Scores Posted; Performance Level Cut-Scores on the IAA Reading and Math Assessments Adjusted; Student Growth Training Modules Series Available Online; FY 15 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program Grant RFP Released; Dr. Betheny Lyke Named Director; Rising Star Continuous Improvement Platform for FY15; New Legislation: effective July 1: Teacher Recall Rights; The Fiscal Year 2013-14 School District/Joint Agreement Annual Audit; School District/Joint Agreement Budget Forms Now Available; Annual Statement of Affairs (ISBE 50-37) Used by Districts and Joint Agreements; Certificate of Tax Levy (ISBE 50-02) Form Available for Use by School Districts; ILEARN Updated With Data From FY 2013 Annual Financial Reports; 2013-2014 Dental Data Collection; 2013-14 Eye Examination Data Collection; Fiscal Year 2015 NCLB Consolidated Application Now Available in IWAS; Important Changes in the Electronic Expenditure Reporting (EER) System; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Resources on Supporting District Wellness Policies Available Online; Integrated Pest Management Seminars Slated for July 15 and 29; Educator Opportunities; In the News; Employment Opportunities.

June

June 23, 2014 -- Dr. Betheny Lyke Named Director of the Illinois Center for School Improvement; The Fiscal Year 2013-14 School District/Joint Agreement Annual Audit; School District/Joint Agreement Budget Forms Now Available; Annual Statement of Affairs (ISBE 50-37) Used by Districts and Joint Agreements; Certificate of Tax Levy (ISBE 50-02) Form Available for Use by School Districts; ILEARN Updated With Data From FY 2013 Annual Financial Reports; 2013-2014 Dental Data Collection; 2013-14 Eye Examination Data Collection; Fiscal Year 2015 NCLB Consolidated Application Now Available in IWAS; Important Changes in the Electronic Expenditure Reporting (EER) System; School Nurse Licensure/Endorsement Program Approved at Lewis University; CDC Releases Results of 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey; Integrated Pest Management Seminars Slated for July 15 and 29; Professional Development; Educator Opportunities; Educational Tools; In the News; Employment Opportunities.

June 16, 2014 -- Grant Readers Sought for FY 2015 21st CCLC Program Grant Competition; Fiscal Year 2015 NCLB Consolidated Application Now Available in IWAS; Important Changes in the Electronic Expenditure Reporting (EER) System; School Nurse Licensure/Endorsement Program Approved at Lewis University; CDC Releases Results of 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey; Sexual Health Education Course Available for Health Teachers and School Nurses; CDC Releases New Toolkit on Increasing Access to Drinking Water in Schools; Equipment Grant Funds Available to Support National School Lunch Programs; Professional Development; Educational Tools; In the News; Upcoming Workshops; Employment Opportunities.

June 9, 2014 -- Fiscal Year 2015 NCLB Consolidated Application Now Available in IWAS; Important Changes in the Electronic Expenditure Reporting (EER) System; 2013-14 (FY 15) Pupil Transportation Claim Reimbursement System Now Available; Family Engagement Webinar June 12; Feedback Sought on Draft Framework; Join the ISBE District Data Advisory Committee (DDAC); CDC Releases New Toolkit on Increasing Access to Drinking Water in Schools; Equipment Grant Funds Available to Support National School Lunch Programs; Register for ISBE and Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents Conference; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; College Changes Everything Conference Scheduled for July 17 in Tinley Park; Registration Underway for Upcoming ENTICE Workshops for Educators; Professional Development; In the News; Upcoming Workshops; Employment Opportunities.

June 2, 2014 -- 2013-14 (FY 15) Pupil Transportation Claim Reimbursement System Now Available; Family Engagement Webinar June 12; Feedback Sought on Draft Framework; Join the ISBE District Data Advisory Committee (DDAC); Migrant Education Program Application Deadline Set for July 1; Title, Ownership and Maintenance of Real Property; IVS Offers Summer School Opportunities for Students Across Illinois; Equipment Grant Funds Available to Support National School Lunch Programs; Reminder: New ISBE Bilingual Rules and Early Childhood Teacher Preparation; Register for ISBE and Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents Conference; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Webinar on Teaching Sex Education Available to Meet New State Requirements; Training to Support Safe and Supportive Environments Related to Sex Education; Illinois Educational Opportunities for Military Children Council Offers Toolkit; College Changes Everything Conference Scheduled for July 17 in Tinley Park; DuSable Museum and the Illinois Amistad Commission Present Civil War Family Day; Registration Underway for Upcoming ENTICE Workshops for Educators; Professional Development; Upcoming Workshops; In the News; Employment Opportunities.

May

May 27, 2014 -- Migrant Education Program Application Deadline Set for July 1; Title, Ownership and Maintenance of Real Property; IVS Offers Summer School Opportunities for Students Across Illinois; Equipment Grant Funds Available to Support National School Lunch Programs; HealthierUS School Challenge Curricula Reimbursement Program Opportunity; Supplement vs. Supplant Considerations for FY 15; Districts Can Submit Questions Regarding Teacher and Principal Evaluation Process; Deadline for Final FY 14 State and Federal Grant Amendments and End Date Extensions; Webinar on Teaching Sex Education Available to Meet New State Requirements; Training to Support Safe and Supportive Environments Related to Sex Education; Illinois Educational Opportunities for Military Children Council Offers Toolkit; DuSable Museum and the Illinois Amistad Commission Present Civil War Family Day; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Professional Development; Upcoming Workshops; In the News; Employment Opportunities.

May 19, 2014 -- Update on Field Tests, Feedback Sought From Test Administrators, Coordinators; Supplement vs. Supplant Considerations for FY 15; HealthierUS School Challenge Curricula Reimbursement Program Opportunity; Capital Needs Assessment Survey Distributed to Illinois School Districts; Family Engagement Framework Guide Webinar Series Continues on May 22; Guidance to Ensure Equal Educational Opportunity for All Children, Regardless of Immigration Status; Letter Issued After Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, et al., Decision; Special Week to Help Share Physical Therapy Career Options With Students; Districts Can Submit Questions Regarding Teacher and Principal Evaluation Process; Deadline for Final FY 14 State and Federal Grant Amendments and End Date Extensions; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Professional Development; In the News; Employment Opportunities.

May 12, 2014 -- Capital Needs Assessment Survey Distributed to Illinois School Districts; Family Engagement Framework Guide Webinar Series Continues on May 22; Guidance to Ensure Equal Educational Opportunity for All Children, Regardless of Immigration Status; Letter Issued After Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, et al., Decision; Special Week to Help Share Physical Therapy Career Options With Students; Districts Can Submit Questions Regarding Teacher and Principal Evaluation Process; Deadline for Final FY 14 State and Federal Grant Amendments and End Date Extensions; 2013-14 Final Public School Calendars; Register for ISBE and Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents Conference; FY 2015 School Technology Revolving Loan Program Applications Available; Training Opportunities for School-Based Child Nutrition Program Sponsors; FDA Recommends to Discontinue Use of GenStrip Blood Glucose Test; ISAC Sponsors Free Illinois Transcript Exchange Service for High Schools; Professional Development; In the News; Employment Opportunities.

May 5, 2014 -- Districts Can Submit Questions Regarding Teacher and Principal Evaluation Process; Deadline for Final FY 14 State and Federal Grant Amendments and End Date Extensions; 2013-14 Final Public School Calendars; Register for ISBE and Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents Conference; FY 2015 School Technology Revolving Loan Program Applications Available; Training Opportunities for School-Based Child Nutrition Program Sponsors; Community Eligibility Provision Details and Application to Participate Available; FDA Recommends to Discontinue Use of GenStrip Blood Glucose Test; Special Education Medical Review Training for Registered Nurses; Conference on Best Practices in Nonpublic Special Education Programs Nov. 6 and 7; 2014 Award-Winner Pam Reilly Available for Speaking Engagements; FY 2013 Operating Expense Per Pupil and Per Capita Tuition Charge Now Available; Reminder: New ISBE Bilingual Rules and Early Childhood Teacher Preparation; In the News; Professional Development; Employment Opportunities.

April

April 28, 2014 -- 2013-14 Final Public School Calendars; 2012-13 Driver Education Cost Report; Federal Interest Income – Quarterly Reminder; FY 2013 Operating Expense Per Pupil and Per Capita Tuition Charge Now Available; Conference on Best Practices in Nonpublic Special Education Programs Nov. 6 and 7; Community Eligibility Provision Details and Application to Participate Available; ISBE and Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents to Present Conference; FY 2015 No Child Left Behind Technical Assistance Workshops Scheduled; 2014 Illinois Teacher of the Year Available for Speaking Engagements; Special Education Medical Review Training for Registered Nurses; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; In the News; Coming Up; Professional Development; Employment Opportunities.

April 21, 2014 -- ISBE and Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents to Present Conference; 2012-13 Driver Education Cost Report; Federal Interest Income – Quarterly Reminder; Employer’s TRS Contribution on Federally-Funded Salary for Summer Activities; FY 2015 No Child Left Behind Technical Assistance Workshops Scheduled; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Statewide System of Support Foundational Services Offer Professional Development; SIG 1003(g) School Improvement Grant Request for Proposals Now Available; Student Advisory Council Application Available Online for 2014-2015 School Year; In the News; Professional Development; Employment Opportunities.

April 16, 2014 -- Employment Information System Reopened, Schools Urged to Review Data; Employer's TRS Contribution on Federally-Funded Salary for Summer Activities; FY 2015 No Child Left Behind Technical Assistance Workshops Scheduled; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Statewide System of Support Foundational Services Offer Professional Development; SIG 1003(g) School Improvement Grant Request for Proposals Now Available; Reminder: ISBE Conducting Annual 5Essentials Survey Through April 25; Third Year Implementation for KIDS Survey Currently Underway, Webinars Scheduled; Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching Nominations Open; Student Advisory Council Application Available Online for 2014-2015 School Year; Healthy & High Performing Schools Symposium Scheduled for April 18; In the News; Professional Development; Educator Opportunities; Classroom Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

April 8, 2014 -- Reminder: ISBE Conducting Annual 5Essentials Survey Through April 25; Family Engagement Webinar to Focus on Creating Welcoming Environments; Third Year Implementation for KIDS Survey Currently Underway, Webinars Scheduled; Reminder: New ISBE Bilingual Rules and Early Childhood Teacher Preparation; Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching Nominations Open; Grant Readers Sought for FY 2015 21st CCLC Program Grant Competition; 2014 National Youth Science Camp Applications Now Available Online; Student Advisory Council Application Available Online for 2014-2015 School Year; Healthy & High Performing Schools Symposium Scheduled for April 18; Optional Alternative Evaluative Dismissal Process Training Now Available; Public School Recognition Assignments Now Posted on State Board Website; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Free Teacher Observation and Evaluation Tools Available for School Districts; Team Nutrition Training Subgrants Available for CACFP Multi-Site Sponsors; Webinar Set, Feedback Sought on Proposed School Wellness Policy Rule; Professional Development; Educator Opportunities; Classroom Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Resources; Employment Opportunities.

April 1, 2014 -- Optional Alternative Evaluative Dismissal Process Training Now Available; Public School Recognition Assignments Now Posted on State Board Website; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Grant Readers Sought for FY 2015 21st CCLC Program Grant Competition; 2014 National Youth Science Camp Applications Now Available Online; Free Teacher Observation and Evaluation Tools Available for School Districts; 2014 Summer Food Service Program Webinar Scheduled for April 3; Team Nutrition Training Subgrants Available for CACFP Multi-Site Sponsors; HealthierUS School Challenge Curricula Reimbursement Funds Now Available; Schools Encouraged to Participate in Every Kid Healthy Week April 21-25; Webinar Set, Feedback Sought on Proposed School Wellness Policy Rule; Parent Survey for Supplemental Educational Services Evaluation Now Available Online; Illinois Association of Title I Directors Spring Conference Scheduled for April 9; Special Education Medical Review Training Available for Registered Nurses; FY 15 Alternative Learning Opportunities Program Continuation Applications Online; Screening, Assessment and Support Services Available for Youth in Crisis; 2014 DuSable Museum and Illinois Amistad Commission Spring Institute on April 17-19; Professional Development; Educator Opportunities; Classroom Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Resources; Employment Opportunities.

March

March 24, 2014 -- Parent Survey for Supplemental Educational Services Evaluation Now Available Online; Illinois Association of Title I Directors Spring Conference Scheduled for April 9; ISBE Receives Waiver for Supplemental Educational Services Providers; Special Education Medical Review Training Available for Registered Nurses; FY 15 Alternative Learning Opportunities Program Continuation Applications Online; Individualized Education Program Facilitation Pilot Project Planned; ISBE Now Accepting Special Education Due Process Hearing Officer Applications; Screening, Assessment and Support Services Available for Youth in Crisis; HealthierUS School Challenge Curricula Reimbursement Funds Now Available; Schools Encouraged to Participate in Every Kid Healthy Week April 21-25; Webinar Set, Feedback Sought on Proposed School Wellness Policy Rule; Invitation to Comment on Rules; CMS Computer Donation Program Available for Eligible Illinois Schools; 2014 DuSable Museum and Illinois Amistad Commission Spring Institute on April 17-19; 2014 Illinois Fatherhood Initiative/Chicago White Sox Fatherhood Essay Contest; Nomination Packets Available for 2014-2015 Those Who Excel/Teacher of the Year; Grant Opportunities; Classroom Opportunities; Professional Development; Educator Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Resources; Employment Opportunities.

March 17, 2014 -- Individualized Education Program Facilitation Pilot Project Planned; ISBE Now Accepting Special Education Due Process Hearing Officer Applications; Screening, Assessment and Support Services Available for Youth in Crisis; Reminder: Exception to the 1 Percent Cap Applications Due on May 16; ISBE Receives Waiver for Supplemental Educational Services Providers; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Webinar Set, Feedback Sought on Proposed School Wellness Policy Rule; 2014-2015 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant Application Available; CMS Computer Donation Program Available for Eligible Illinois Schools; 2014 DuSable Museum and Illinois Amistad Commission Spring Institute on April 17-19; 2014 Illinois Fatherhood Initiative/Chicago White Sox Fatherhood Essay Contest; Webinar Set and Feedback Sought on Draft Family Engagement Framework Guide; System of Support Foundational Services for Continuous Improvement Planning; Health Alert: Second Case of Measles Under Investigation in McDonough County; Nomination Packets Available for 2014-2015 Those Who Excel/Teacher of the Year; Grant Opportunities; Classroom Opportunities; In the News; Professional Development; Educator Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Resources; Employment Opportunities.

March 10, 2014 -- Webinar Set and Feedback Sought on Draft Family Engagement Framework Guide; Reminder: Exception to the 1 Percent Cap Applications Due on May 16; System of Support Foundational Services for Continuous Improvement Planning; 2014-2015 Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant Application Available; School Breakfast Summit March 14 in Champaign to Promote Healthy Eating; USDA Farm to School Grants Available To Improve Access to Local Foods; Annual School Wellness Conference Scheduled for April 30 in Champaign; Health Alert: Second Case of Measles Under Investigation in McDonough County; 2014 Statewide Suicide Prevention Conference Set for April 25 in Springfield; FY 2014 Arts and Foreign Language Planning Assistance Grant Available; Consultation with Nonpublic Schools, Local Education Agencies on Title I Funds; IEMA School Security Grant Provides $25 Million for Safety Enhancements; Nomination Packets Available for 2014-2015 Those Who Excel/Teacher of the Year; Grant Opportunities; Classroom Opportunities; In the News; Professional Development; Educator Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Resources; Employment Opportunities.

March 3, 2014 -- Modified ISAT Testing Window Provided Due to Severe Weather Conditions; FY 2014 Arts and Foreign Language Planning Assistance Grant Available; Consultation with Nonpublic Schools, Local Education Agencies on Title I Funds; USDA Farm to School Grants Available To Improve Access to Local Foods; Annual School Wellness Conference Scheduled for April 30 in Champaign; Estimated Best Three Months Average Daily Attendance in IWAS for GSA Claim; Information on Truants’ Alternative and Optional Education Program FY 15 RFP; Public Act Changes State-Level Special Education Mediation Process; 2014 Statewide Suicide Prevention Conference Set for April 25 in Springfield; Illinois School Health Association Annual Conference Scheduled for April 11; Heartsaver Automated External Defibrillator Fund Grant Available; Nomination Packets Available for 2014-2015 Those Who Excel/Teacher of the Year; Reminder: New ISBE Bilingual Rules and Early Childhood Teacher Preparation; District Opportunities; Grant Opportunities; Classroom Opportunities; In the News; Professional Development; Student Opportunities; Resources; Employment Opportunities.

February

February 24, 2014 -- Modified ISAT Testing Window Provided Due to Severe Weather Conditions; Information on Truants’ Alternative and Optional Education Program FY 15 RFP; Public Act Changes State-Level Special Education Mediation Process; Public Act Changes State-Level Special Education Complaint Process; Estimated Best Three Months Average Daily Attendance in IWAS for GSA Claim; Nomination Packets Available for 2014-2015 Those Who Excel/Teacher of the Year; Interagency Nutrition Council Seeks National Nutrition Month Honorees; Location Change for School Breakfast Summit in Springfield on Feb. 27; USDA Issues Letter on National School Lunch Program Unpaid Meal Charges; Special Events in March Highlight Importance of School Nutrition; Illinois School Health Association Annual Conference Scheduled for April 11; Heartsaver Automated External Defibrillator Fund Grant Available; Webinar on Employment Information System Reopening Scheduled for Feb. 25; ISBE Invites Comments on FY 2015 School Improvement Grant Application; District Opportunities; Classroom Opportunities; In the News; Professional Development; Student Opportunities; Grant Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

February 18, 2014 -- Modified ISAT Testing Window Provided Due to Severe Weather Conditions; Webinar on Employment Information System Reopening Scheduled for Feb. 25; Public Act Changes State-Level Special Education Complaint Process; ISBE Invites Comments on FY 2015 School Improvement Grant Application; Teacher Feedback Requested for Learning Standards Implementation Survey; USDA Issues Letter on National School Lunch Program Unpaid Meal Charges; Special Events in March Highlight Importance of School Nutrition; Proposed Rule for Professional Standards for School Nutrition Programs Personnel; School Breakfast Summits To Promote Benefits of Healthy Morning Meals; Shortage of Tdap Vaccine is Declared Over by State Health Officials; Online Professional Development Available for All Illinois Administrators; Applicants Sought for ISBE Science Integrated Curriculum Project; Funds Available for Round 2 of the 2014 School Maintenance Project Grant; IEMA’s School Security Grant Program Provides $25 Million for Enhanced Safety; District Opportunities; Classroom Opportunities; Professional Development; Student Opportunities; Grant Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

February 11, 2014 -- Teacher Feedback Requested for Learning Standards Implementation Survey; Severe Weather Extends Testing Schedule for ACCESS for ELLs; ‘A Look Into the PARCC Sample Items’ Webinar Scheduled for Feb. 18; Input Sought for IAA Standards Setting; Shortage of Tdap Vaccine is Declared Over by State Health Officials; Proposed Rule For Professional Standards for School Nutrition Programs Personnel; School Breakfast Summits To Promote Benefits of Healthy Morning Meals; Online Professional Development Available for All Illinois Administrators; Applicants Sought for ISBE Science Integrated Curriculum Project; Survey Shows Trends in Substance Abuse, Violence, Other Student Risk Conditions; Funds Available for Round 2 of the 2014 School Maintenance Project Grant; 2014 School Energy Efficiency Project Grant Program Awards 95 Applicants; Resource Offers Tips for How to Prepare for Severe Winter Weather Conditions; IEMA’s School Security Grant Program Provides $25 Million for Enhanced Safety; High School Students From Elmhurst and Sherman Selected to Represent Illinois; Registration Under Way for Annual Statewide ESEA/NCLB Conference; District Opportunities; Professional Development; In the News; Student Opportunities; Grant Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

February 4, 2014 -- Input Sought for IAA Standards Setting; Survey Shows Trends in Substance Abuse, Violence, Other Student Risk Conditions; Funds Available for Round 2 of the 2014 School Maintenance Project Grant; 2014 School Energy Efficiency Project Grant Program Awards 95 Applicants; Resource Offers Tips for How to Prepare for Severe Winter Weather Conditions; IEMA’s School Security Grant Program Provides $25 Million for Enhanced Safety; High School Students From Elmhurst and Sherman Selected to Represent Illinois; Sample Test Questions Now Ready for Computer Practice; Guidance on Emergency Days and the School Calendar Approval Process; IVS Schedules ‘Planning for Online and Blended Learning Symposium’; Reminder: New ISBE Bilingual Rules and Early Childhood Teacher Preparation; Registration Under Way for Annual Statewide ESEA/NCLB Conference; Professional Development; In the News; District Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Grant Opportunities; Special Events; Employment Opportunities.

January

January 27, 2014 -- Sample PARCC Test Questions Now Ready for Computer Practice; Guidance on Emergency Days and the School Calendar Approval Process; IVS Schedules 'Planning for Online and Blended Learning Symposium'; Final 2012-13 IDEA Room and Board Claim Payment; Second Annual 5Essentials Survey Set for March 17 Through April 25; 2014 Illinois Alternative Assessment Training Modules; U.S. Department of Agriculture Adopts Final Rule on NSLP Changes; Family Engagement Resources and Evidence-Based Practices in the Field; Sign Up for 'Assistive Technology for General and Special Needs Classrooms'; Applications Available for Summer Migrant Education Services Funding; Session Proposals Sought for 2014 College Changes Everything Conference; Registration Under Way for Annual Statewide ESEA/NCLB Conference; Professional Development; In the News; District Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

January 21, 2014 -- Final 2012-13 IDEA Room and Board Claim Payment; Second Annual Illinois 5Essentials Survey Set for March 17 Through April 25; 2014 Illinois Alternative Assessment Training Modules; U.S. Department of Agriculture Adopts Final Rule on NSLP Changes; Family Engagement Resources and Evidence-Based Practices in the Field; Sign Up for ‘Assistive Technology for General and Special Needs Classrooms’; Applications Available for Summer Migrant Education Services Funding; Session Proposals Sought for 2014 College Changes Everything Conference; New School Discipline Guidance Package Released to Assist Schools; ISBE Seeks Federal Waiver Regarding Supplemental Educational Services; School District Annual Financial Report Review Process Under Way; New Illinois Teacher of the Year Available for Speaking Engagements; Upcoming Forums Feature Free Research-Based Resources for Schools; Culturally and Linguistically Responsive MTSS for English Learners’ Webinar Set; istration Under Way for Annual Statewide ESEA/NCLB Conference; Fifth- and Sixth-Graders Invited to Enter Annual Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest; Applications Available for Educators Interested in Earth Day in the Parks Events; Professional Development; In the News; District Opportunities; Educator Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

January 13, 2014 -- New School Discipline Guidance Package Released to Assist Schools; ISBE Seeks Federal Waiver Regarding Supplemental Educational Services; School District Annual Financial Report Review Process Under Way; Final FY 2014 Mandated Categorical Prorations; Federal Interest Income - Quarterly Reminder; New Census Estimates Released for Fiscal Year 2015 Title I Low Income; Health Advisory Issued on Severe Strain of Flu in Young and Middle Aged Adults; Grant Funds Available to Support School Breakfast Programs; Deadline is Feb. 28 for 2013-14 District Technology Plan to be Completed on IIRC; New Illinois Teacher of the Year Available for Speaking Engagements; Upcoming Forums Feature Free Research-Based Resources for Schools; Informational Meeting Set for Districts Interested in International Educators; 'Culturally and Linguistically Responsive MTSS for English Learners' Webinar Set; Registration Under Way for Annual Statewide ESEA/NCLB Conference; Annual Illinois Young Author's Conference Scheduled for May 17; Fifth- and Sixth-Graders Invited to Enter Annual Poster, Poetry and Prose Contest; Applications Available for Educators Interested in Earth Day in the Parks Events; Professional Development; District Opportunities; Educator Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Grant Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

January 7, 2014 -- Final FY 2014 Mandated Categorical Prorations; Federal Interest Income – Quarterly Reminder; New Census Estimates Released for Fiscal Year 2015 Title I Low Income; Health Advisory Issued on Severe Strain of Influenza in Young and Middle Aged Adults; Grant Funds Available to Support School Breakfast Programs; Deadline is Feb. 28 for 2013-14 District Technology Plan to be Completed on IIRC; ISBE Releases PARCC Testing Windows for 2014-15 School Year; Illinois Mathematics and Science Partnerships I-STEM Network Program; New Vaccine Requirements – School Years 2014-15 and 2015-16; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Reminder: New ISBE Bilingual Rules and Early Childhood Teacher Preparation; Informational Meeting Set for Districts Interested in Hiring International Educators; Nominations Sought for History Teacher of the Year; Registration Under Way for Annual Statewide ESEA/NCLB Conference; Annual Illinois Young Author’s Conference Scheduled for May 17;Serve Illinois Commission and Gov. Quinn Seeking Nomination for Annual Awards; Professional Development; Educator Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Grant Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

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