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P.A.100-0465: THE INSTRUCTIONAL DAY

Signed into law on August 31, 2017, Public Act 100-0465, also known as the Evidence-Based Funding for Student Success Act, made sweeping changes to education funding in Illinois. In making changes to state financial support to schools, the Act also repealed Section 18-8.05 of the School Code, which required an instructional day to be a minimum of five hours. As such, there is no current statutory minimum number of hours or minutes that constitutes an instructional day. This change provides districts with maximum flexibility to ensure that student needs determine the method and timelines of instructional days rather than the needs of regulatory and compliance systems.

The definition of an Instructional Day is explained in this memo from ISBE: https://www.isbe.net/Documents/Instructional-Day-Memorandum.pdf

  

5-COUNTY TEACHER INSTITUTE ~ OCTOBER 5, 2018

Thanks to everyone who helped to make the Professional Development Institute a success!

We received a nice follow-up note from Keynote Speaker Craig Zablocki that we'd like to share with everyone:

https://lists.roe3.org/institute/Note-From-Craig-Zablocki.pdf

The Institute Book and Book Additions are still available.

 

FOUNDATIONAL SERVICES

The Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools (IARSS) recently shared the impact of the Foundational Services funding that was distributed via Regional Offices of Education throughout the State in a variety of professional development programs. A presentation that shows the progress measured in districts participating in those programs can be viewed at https://lists.roe3.org/pd/IARSS_Presentation_2018-07-11.pdf

 

IMPORTANT LICENSE RENEWAL INFORMATION

PEL and ELS-CTE licenses may renew beginning April 1, 2018.

ELS-PARA licenses may renew beginning April 15, 2018.

SUB licenses may renew beginning May 1, 2018.

The cost of renewal is $50 plus card user fee.

 

A TIP FOR THOSE RENEWING LICENSES
 
Many license-holders haven't been in their ELIS accounts since they got their licenses [up to 5 years ago]. Thus, logins and passwords are mysterious combinations that few wrote down. 
 
This isn't a big deal as...
  1. The ROE can give them their login.
  2. They can choose "forgot password" when logging in.
After providing a login (and possibly answer a secret question . . . we've seen this step come and go) . . . Voila! The password is emailed to the license-holder.
 
Herein lies a problem . . . some districts changed their domain name since 2013. They went from the old "k12.il.us" format to an "org" format. So, if the paraprofessional or teacher registered with an email address that no longer exists, they cannot get their password emailed to them. That means they will have to call the ISBE Helpline.
 
Here are the steps for those needing to call the help line (an automated system with options):
  1. Call - (217)557-6763
  2. Choose option #2
  3. You will need to enter your IEIN followed by the pound symbol (#) -OR- your social security number (with no dashes) followed by the pound symbol (#) [that's a hash tag for our more tech-savvy associates]
  4. You will need to enter your date of birth followed by the pound symbol (#). When doing so, you must enter using 2 digits, 2 digits, 4 digits (MMDDYYYY). . . i.e., 04211984 . . . followed by the pound symbol (#).
If the stars are aligned and all goes according to plan, the recording will say they have your account pulled up and now you get to wait for a live person. 
 
As always, the ROE Staff is happy to help those needing assistance with renewal and registration! Just give us a call at one of our office locations (see the bottom of this page).
 

 

SUBSTITUTE LICENSE FEE REFUND
If you have a Substitute license issued AFTER July 1, 2017, you are eligible to receive a refund of your fees.

In efforts to reduce the substitute teacher shortage, the Illinois State Board of Education is now offering a reimbursement of application and registration fees to qualifying applicants.

To Qualify:
  • Your Sub issuance date must be later than July 1, 2017
  • You must work at least 10 full school days within one year of your issuance date
  • You must apply for the reimbursement within 18 months of your issuance date
If you meet these requirements, please complete form 73-02: Substitute License Fee Refund Request:

https://www.isbe.net/Documents/73-02-Substitute-License-Fee-Refund-Request.pdf

This form must be returned to ISBE by the school or district official. Forms submitted by the applicant will not be honored.

For additional questions, contact your nearest Regional Office of Education.

 

NEED TO RENEW YOUR PRINCIPAL OR TEACHER EVALUATION APPROVAL?

The ROEs of Area 5 have joined together to bring you the necessary academies for renewing your evaluation approval. We have quality presenters who understand your need for material you can USE and not just talk about. See our list of offered academies here

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES!
 

Got Your Professional Development Portfolio Up-2-Date?
Click the graphic above to see what's available . . .

Search the Professional Development Events Database

[ Calendar 1 | Calendar 2 ]

 

TeachIllinois

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http://www.teachillinois.com

 

 TeachIllinois is a brand new, 100% online, center for educator professional development. Educators can either self-register, or districts can bulk register their staffs. Upon completion of the material, learners will complete the ISBE Seminar Evaluation Form, after which, the official ISBE Evidence of Completion form will be made available. All e-learning courses are currently free, although in the near future TeachIllinois will start charging a nominal, per-PD-hour fee. New content is added every month, and we welcome suggestions for future courses. Our e-learning platform is robust enough that a PD provider (such as a District) could subscribe and create their own 'channel'.

 

TASC ~ The New National High School Equivalency Exam 

The Regional Office of Education #3 serving Bond, Christian, Effingham, Fayette and Montgomery Counties is now offering the TASC Test at its Hillsboro Office.

The TASC test is a high school equivalency test recognized by the State of Illinois and will assess five subject areas: Reading, Writing, Mathematics, Science, and Social Studies, as well as measure examinees’ readiness for college and the workforce. Passage of the TASC test will provide the same result as passing the GED test - a high school equivalency diploma from the State of Illinois.

A list of the TASC test study materials can be found on TASCTest.com. Questions can be directed to Sarah Huckstead at the ROE #3 Office in Taylorville at (217) 824-4730.

For residents who are interested in a computer-based test, the GED can be taken at various locations. For the ROE #3 area, testing centers are located in Springfield, Centralia and Mattoon. Other testing locations can be found at the website www.GED.com. Interested test-takers are encouraged to work with their local adult education provider at the community college to help prepare for whichever test they choose to take.

 

ILLINOIS EDUCATOR LICENSURE

 

IMPORTANT LINKS:

 

Employment Opportunities>

Job Openings in Bond, Christian, Effingham, Fayette, and Montgomery Districts

 

Julie Wollerman, Regional Superintendent juliewollerman@roe3.org
Annette Hartlieb, Assistant Regional Superintendent ahartlieb@roe3.org
 

BOND COUNTY

Greenville Office

207 N 2nd St

Greenville, IL 62246

This office is currently closed.

CHRISTIAN COUNTY

Taylorville Office

101 South Main St

Taylorville, IL 62568

217-824-4730

FAX: 217-824-2464

EFFINGHAM COUNTY

Effingham Office

101 N. 4th St. Room 204

Effingham, IL 62401

217-342-4363

FAX: 217-342-3577

 

FAYETTE COUNTY

- Vandalia Office -

1500 West Jefferson

Vandalia, IL 62471

PHONE: 618-283-5011

FAX: 618-283-5013

MONTGOMERY COUNTY

Hillsboro Office

203 South Main St

Hillsboro, IL 62049

PHONE: 217-532-9591

FAX: 217-532-5756

 



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