WEEKLY MESSAGE –
It’s been a sunny and crisp
fall day here in
I wanted to use my “bully
pulpit” this week to share some information with our readers about service above
and beyond the call of duty in our Certification Division. As you know,
that Division has worked continuously and diligently over the past weeks to
respond to the Governor’s call to reduce our backlog, and we have already done
But as well, we try to respond to numerous priority cases when they come to the Division. Jolene Reddy works in Certification and had a situation of a single mother who was ready to declare bankruptcy, and had been teaching on a Type 39 substitute certificate where days were running out. Jolene worked to get her application flagged and a certificate issued that day. Another situation came to my attention Wednesday about a teacher in another difficult case who needed a provisional. Carolyn Hargrove in Certification personally took care of it that afternoon.
The point of this is not to have you flood my office with these (please)—but I think these situations are indicative of the way the new State Board is trying to be responsive to both individual and school system needs. Clearly, Jolene and Carolyn did everything in their power to deal with, and respond to, these cases, and I wanted you to know that.
Also, since I am aware that the readership of this weekly missive has expanded to include many friends and colleagues in higher education, I wanted to let you know that a new Directory of Approved Programs for the Preparation of Educational Personnel In Illinois Institutions of Higher Education is available at http://www.isbe.net/profprep?PDFs/Directory.pdf
The Directory lists the
standards-based approved programs offered by the
Those of us who have worked in higher education remember this as a paper booklet in years past. However, through the website, the information is much richer and can be readily updated. Institutions now report programs offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels, alternative certification programs, satellite locations, and a host of other important information. Again, to highlight some great efforts from staff, Pat Barto and Becky Gideon, performed some real magic to make this vital document as web-friendly as possible.
And yes—in reference to my condolences in last week’s message to Card’s fans—my new friend Joe Majchrowicz would remind those folks that there are some other baseball fans in our beloved state who have been “waiting for next year” for a l-o-n-g time and, as such, are not quite as sympathetic as I may have been. See you next week.
Randy J. Dunn
State Superintendent of Education (Interim)
Included in today’s message:
Meet Illinois State Board of Education members and Interim State Superintendent Dunn
Participants of the IASA/IASB/IASBO Annual Conference are invited to visit the Comiskey Room of the Hyatt Regency during one of the times listed below for an opportunity to meet and talk with members of the Illinois State Board of Education and Interim State Superintendent Dunn.
§ Friday, November 19,
§ Saturday, November 20,
Preventing gasoline burns
Fall housing reports(schools) and unfilled position reports (districts)
Fall Housing Reports
(schools) were due
Reminder: Unfilled position reports (districts) are due
Immunization reports due November 15
If you have not submitted your Immunization Report through IWAS, please do so as soon as possible. The deadline for submission is November 15, as mandated by law. There are no deadline extensions. The State Board of Education no longer accepts paper copies of this report. They must be completed electronically. Failure to submit Immunization records by the November 15 deadline can result in an interruption of services. If you have any questions about setting up an IWAS account, please contact our Helpdesk at 217/558-3600.
An external vacancy list for positions with the Illinois State Board of Education can be accessed at http://www.isbe.net/hr/pdf/VL04-26.pdf
“Raising Student Achievement” Conference
The Annual K-12 “Raising
Student Achievement” conference will be held December 6 through 8 at the
Pheasant Run Resort in
This year’s program consists of 140 concurrent sessions in an event designed with school districts in mind and offering high quality instructional sessions on Subgroup Populations, Content Instruction, Data Analysis for School Improvement Planning and School Community Culture.
For a PDF brochure please go to http://www.roeachievementconference.org/Downloads/ProofSingles6.pdf
First Amendment Campaign – free curriculum guide
The “Keep It Strong”
curriculum is designed to support
Teachers and students invited to join virtual expedition
You and your students are
invited to virtually ride along on a free expedition with scientists from
Dr. Greg Mueller will deliver a live webcast on Tuesday, November 9, at 9 and in English and in Spanish. The broadcast can be viewed online at http://ali.apple.com/ali_sites/ali/exhibits/1001485/
Have your students email him questions before the broadcast to be answered live at email@example.com You may virtually join him on his quest by signing up at www.fieldmuseum.org/expeditions/emails.html
Audio journal available
As part of an initiative
with the IASA, ISBE extends the following opportunity. Audio Education,
Inc., producers of the successful Audio Journal have announced they will
waive the $100 website access fee for every administrator in districts that
formally join the
You may register at www.audioed-online.com