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February

February 23, 2015 -- Survey Available to Collect Feedback on New Teacher Evaluation Systems; Parental Engagement Materials on PARCC Assessment Now Available for Districts; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Illinois Virtual School Offers New Online Professional Development Course; 8th Annual School Wellness Conference Scheduled for April 23 in Champaign; 2015 Illinois Breakfast Challenge Offers Meal Incentives to Schools; Illinois School Breakfast Week Scheduled For This Week; Free Teacher Leadership Event Scheduled for April 2 at Illinois State University; ISBE Sexual Health Education Online Training Now Closed; Starting a Charter School Webinar Scheduled for March 11; Model Math Curriculum Webinar Scheduled for Feb. 24; IASB Provides Sample Bullying Policy; School Safety; Grant Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Professional Development; Classroom Opportunities; Upcoming Events; Employment Opportunities.

February 18, 2015 -- Model Math Curriculum Webinar Scheduled for Feb. 24; 2015 Illinois Breakfast Challenge Offers Meal Incentives to Schools; Illinois School Breakfast Week Scheduled For Feb. 23-27; IASB Provides Sample Bullying Policy; Required School Action Following Measles Case in the School; Sexual Health Education Course Available for Health Teachers and Registered Nurses; Still Time to Apply for the PARCC Diagnostic Field Test April 6-17; Participants Sought for PARCC ELA/L Field Test This Spring; Resources Available to Assist Computer-Based PARCC Exam Administration; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Administrators Invited to Participate in Short School Climate Survey; 2015 Illinois Fatherhood Initiative Chicago White Sox Fatherhood Essay Contest; Grant Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Professional Development; Classroom Opportunities; Upcoming Events; Employment Opportunities.

February 9, 2015 -- Required School Action Following Measles Case in the School; Sexual Health Education Course Available for Health Teachers and Registered Nurses; Still Time to Apply for the PARCC Diagnostic Field Test April 6-17; Participants Sought for PARCC ELA/L Field Test This Spring; Resources Available to Assist Computer-Based PARCC Exam Administration; PARCC Test Administrator Walkthrough Webinar Scheduled for Feb. 10; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Rise & Shine Illinois Breakfast Grant Opportunity Available for Schools; School Nutrition Industry Conference Coming to Springfield & Lisle; Administrators Invited to Participate in Short School Climate Survey; 2015 Illinois Fatherhood Initiative Chicago White Sox Fatherhood Essay Contest; National Youth Science Camp Accepting Applications for Summer 2015 Experience; State Superintendent Koch Announces New KIDS Implementation Plan; New Physical Development and Health Standards to be Implemented in 2015-16; IL Social Science Standards Revision Task Force Meeting March 6 in Normal; Illinois Teacher of the Year Steve Elza Available for Speaking Engagements; Grant Opportunities; Student Contests; Professional Development; Upcoming Events; Employment Opportunities.

February 3, 2015 -- State Superintendent Koch Announces New KIDS Implementation Plan; PARCC Test Administrator Walkthrough Webinar Scheduled for Feb. 10; Follow-up to Infrastructure Trial Debrief Webinar Scheduled for Feb. 4; New Physical Development and Health Standards to be Implemented in 2015-16; IL Social Science Standards Revision Task Force Meeting March 6 in Normal; School Nutrition Industry Conference Coming to Springfield & Lisle; Illinois Teacher of the Year Steve Elza Available for Speaking Engagements; Estimated Best Three Months Average Daily Attendance in IWAS for GSA Claim; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Free Workshop for Educators of English Learners March 10-11 in Normal; National Youth Science Camp Accepting Applications for Summer 2015 Experience; School Bus Safety Poster Contest; USS Illinois Submarine Art Contest Winner and Finalists Announced; Grant Opportunities; Student Contests; Professional Development; Employment Opportunities.

January

January 26, 2015 -- Estimated Best Three Months Average Daily Attendance in IWAS for GSA Claim; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Free Workshop for Educators of English Learners March 10-11 in Normal; School Bus Safety Poster Contest; USS Illinois Submarine Art Contest Winner and Finalists Announced; USS Illinois Submarine Art Contest Winner and Finalists Announced; School District Annual Financial Report Review Process Notification; Guidance on Equitable Educational Access for English Learner Students; Schedule for 2015 Regional Farm to School Networking Conferences; Those Who Excel/Illinois Teacher of the Year Applications Now Available Online; Grant Opportunities; Professional Development; Employment Opportunities.

January 20, 2015 -- School District Annual Financial Report Review Process Notification; Guidance on Equitable Educational Access for English Learner Students; Model Math Curriculum Webinar Scheduled for Jan. 26; Smart Snack and USDA Foods Technical Assistance Workshops Scheduled; Schedule for 2015 Regional Farm to School Networking Conferences; Those Who Excel/Illinois Teacher of the Year Applications Now Available Online; Final FY 2015 Mandated Categorical Prorations Now Available; Final 2013-14 IDEA Room and Board Claim Payment Information; Federal Interest Income – Quarterly Reminder; New Census Estimates Released for Fiscal Year 2016 Title I Low Income; IDEA Excess Cost Worksheets Due Jan. 30; No Child Left Behind Conference Scheduled for Feb. 3-5 in Chicago; Applications for Summer Migrant Education Services Funding Available; DCFS Accepting Applications for 2015 Scholarship Program; Grant Opportunities; Professional Development; Employment Opportunities.

January 12, 2015 -- Register for Webinar on Employment Information Systems Changes for 2015; Final FY 2015 Mandated Categorical Prorations Now Available; Final 2013-14 IDEA Room and Board Claim Payment Information; Federal Interest Income – Quarterly Reminder; New Census Estimates Released for Fiscal Year 2016 Title I Low Income; IDEA Excess Cost Worksheets due Jan. 30; No Child Left Behind Conference Scheduled for Feb. 3-5 in Chicago; Applications for Summer Migrant Education Services Funding Available; District Preschool Program Plan For Serving English Learners; Third Annual 5Essentials Survey Set For Today through March 13; Update on KIDS: Illinois’ Statewide Observational Assessment for Kindergarten; PARCC Infrastructure Trial Week Scheduled for This Week; Assessment Inventory; New Version of PARCC Technology Bulletin Now Available Online; DCFS Accepting Applications for 2015 Scholarship Program; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Application Fee for Licenses; Four Illinois Career Centers Nationally Recognized for Elite Hospitality Programs; Pregnancy Rights Notice Requirement; Chinese Language Recruitment Program Available to Illinois School Districts; In the News; Grant Opportunities; Professional Development; Employment Opportunities.

January 6, 2015 -- Third Annual 5Essentials Survey Set for Jan. 12 through March 13; Update on KIDS: Illinois’ Statewide Observational Assessment for Kindergarten; PARCC Infrastructure Trial Week Scheduled for Jan. 12-16; Assessment Inventory; New Version of PARCC Technology Bulletin Now Available Online; District Preschool Program Plan for Serving English Learners; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Application Fee for Licenses; Four Illinois Career Centers Nationally Recognized for Elite Hospitality Programs; Pregnancy Rights Notice Requirement; Chinese Language Recruitment Program Available to Illinois School Districts; Two Illinois School Nutrition Directors to Receive Prestigious National Awards; Public Self-Insured Employers’ Report Due; In the News; School Health Issues; Grant Opportunities; Professional Development; Employment Opportunities.

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