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July

July 1, 2015 -- Classroom Composition (70/30), Size, and Age Range Deviations; Food Handler Training Requirements; Student Assessment Inventory Pilot Update; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; New RCDTS Codes for Districts Affected by ROE Consolidation; 2014-15 General State Aid Claim Deadlines; Professional Development; Student Opportunities; Grant Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

June

June 22, 2015 -- Reminder: 2014-15 Dental Data Collection Due June 30; Reminder: 2014-15 Vision Data Collection Due June 30; New RCDTS Codes for Districts Affected by ROE Consolidation; 2014-15 General State Aid Claim Deadlines; Medical Waivers to Immunization Requirements Information from IDPH; Districts Must Resolve Rejected Paper-Based PARCC Exams for EOY; Local Assessment Support Project Successfully Concludes; Skills for Success Program Grants Available for School Districts; Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act Requirements for Health Education; FY 2016 Equipment Grant Funds Available for National School Lunch Programs; Professional Development; Student Opportunities; Grant Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

June 16, 2015 -- 2014-15 General State Aid Claim Deadlines; New RCDTS Codes for Districts Affected by ROE Consolidation; Medical Waivers to Immunization Requirements Information from IDPH; Districts Must Resolve Rejected Paper-Based PARCC Exams for EOY; Local Assessment Support Project Successfully Concludes; Score Report Delivery for the 2015 ISBE-Funded ACT WorkKeys; Skills for Success Program Grants Available for School Districts; Abandoned Newborn Infant Protection Act Requirements for Health Education; Summer Workshop on Applying Illinois Learning Standards in the Classroom; Dive Deeper into Mathematics at ISBE Summer Math Splash Conferences; FY 2016 Equipment Grant Funds Available for National School Lunch Programs; ISBE and PEAC Analyzing Performance Evaluation Reform Act Survey Results; Professional Development; Student Opportunities; Educator Opportunities; Employment Opportunities.

June 8, 2015 -- Score Report Delivery for the 2015 ISBE-Funded ACT WorkKeys; Summer Workshop on Applying Illinois Learning Standards in the Classroom; Dive Deeper into Mathematics at ISBE Summer Math Splash Conferences; Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Financial Report Forms Now Available; Indirect Cost Rates for Program Year 2016 Now Available; FY 2016 Equipment Grant Funds Available for National School Lunch Programs; ISBE and PEAC Analyzing Performance Evaluation Reform Act Survey Results; Professional Development; Educator Opportunities; School Opportunities; Safety Issues; Employment Opportunities.

June 2, 2015 -- Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Financial Report Forms Now Available; Indirect Cost Rates for Program Year 2016 Now Available; FY 2016 Equipment Grant Funds Available for National School Lunch Programs; Dive Deeper into Mathematics at ISBE Summer Math Splash Conferences; 2014-15 Pupil Transportation Claim Reimbursement System Available; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Professional Development; Educator Opportunities; School Opportunities; Safety Issues; Employment Opportunities.

May

May 26, 2015 -- 2014-15 (FY 2016) Pupil Transportation Claim Reimbursement System Available; FY 2015 Year-End Expenditure Report Changes – Obligations for Federal Grants; Deadline for Final FY 2015 State & Federal Grant Amendments & End Date Extensions; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Meet the New State Superintendent Webinar Scheduled for May 28; 2014-15 Dental Data Collection Now Open; Opportunity to Provide Feedback on Key State Education Policies and Programs; IEMA Helps Schools Remove Unused Radioactive Materials at No Cost; ISBE Online Survey of the New Illinois Learning Standards for Educators; Professional Development; Educator Opportunities; School Opportunities; Safety Issues; Employment Opportunities.

May 19, 2015 -- Meet the New State Superintendent Webinar Scheduled for May 28; FY 2015 Year-End Expenditure Report Changes – Obligations for Federal Grants; Deadline for Final FY 2015 State & Federal Grant Amendments & End Date Extensions; 2014-15 Dental Data Collection Now Open; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Opportunity to Provide Feedback on Key State Education Policies and Programs; Principal and Superintendent Input Sought for Teacher Leadership Survey; IEMA Helps Schools Remove Unused Radioactive Materials at No Cost; ISBE Online Survey of the New Illinois Learning Standards for Educators; FY 2016 School Technology Revolving Loan Applications; Help Available for HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms Initiative; Chicago High School Student Earns World Food Prize International Internship; Professional Development; School Opportunities; Safety Issues; Employment Opportunities.

May 11, 2015 -- Rejected Student Tests Cleanup for Paper-Based PARCC Assessment; ISBE Online Survey of the New Illinois Learning Standards for Educators; 'Toes in the Water,' a Preview of the ISBE Math Splash Conferences 2015; FY 2016 School Technology Revolving Loan Applications; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Principal and Superintendent Input Sought for Teacher Leadership Survey; Help Available for HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchrooms Initiative; Grants Available for After-School Meals through No Kid Hungry Illinois; Chicago High School Student Earns World Food Prize International Internship; Grant Readers Sought for School Improvement Grant Competition; Student Opportunities; Professional Development; Employment Opportunities.

May 4, 2015 -- Grant Readers Sought for School Improvement Grant Competition; 'Toes in the Water,' a Preview of the ISBE Math Splash Conferences 2015; Grants Available for After-School Meals through No Kid Hungry Illinois; National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day Scheduled for May 7; Public Act 99-0001 – New Proration of Fiscal Year 2015 General State Aid; Public Act 99-0001 – $97 Million Supplemental Appropriation; PA 99-0002 – District Required GSA Expenditures for Special Ed Services; 2014-15 Final Public School Calendars; Deadline for Final FY 2015 State & Federal Grant Amendments & End Date Extensions; FY 2016 Employer Contributions to TRS – Federal Grants; Employer’s TRS Contribution on Federally Funded Salary for Summer Activities; 2013-14 Driver Education Cost Report; School District/Joint Agreement Budget Forms Now Available; ILEARN Now Updated with Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Data; Districts Begin Pilot of Student Assessment Inventory Tool; Upcoming Events; Grant Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Professional Development; Employment Opportunities.

April

April 27, 2015 -- Public Act 99-0001 – New Proration of Fiscal Year 2015 General State Aid; Public Act 99-0001 – $97 Million Supplemental Appropriation; PA 99-0002 – District Required GSA Expenditures for Special Ed Services; 2014-15 Final Public School Calendars; Deadline for Final FY 2015 State & Federal Grant Amendments & End Date Extensions; FY 2016 Employer Contributions to TRS – Federal Grants; Employer’s TRS Contribution on Federally Funded Salary for Summer Activities; 2013-14 Driver Education Cost Report; School District/Joint Agreement Budget Forms Now Available; ILEARN Now Updated with Fiscal Year 2014 Financial Data; Qualified Zone Academy Bond Program for Calendar Year 2014 Authorization; Districts Begin Pilot of Student Assessment Inventory Tool; Top Superintendents and Principals Honored During Executive Mansion Event; EIS Salary Webinar Date Rescheduled to May 6; FY 2016 TAOEP Request for Proposal Application Deadline Extended to May 5; FY 2016 No Child Left Behind Technical Assistance Workshops Scheduled; Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Application Now Available; Individuals Sought to Serve on Illinois Advisory Council on Bilingual Education; Invitation to Comment on Rules; ISBE Seeks Input in Planning Summer Math Splash Events across State; Educator and Administrator Input Sought for Teacher Leadership Survey; Upcoming Events; Grant Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Professional Development; Employment Opportunities.

April 21, 2015 -- District Required General State Aid Expenditures for Special Ed Services; EIS Salary Webinar Date Rescheduled to May 6; Qualified Zone Academy Bond Program for Calendar Year 2014 Authorization; FY 2016 TAOEP Request for Proposal Application Deadline Extended to May 5; FY 2016 No Child Left Behind Technical Assistance Workshops Scheduled; Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Application Now Available; Webinar on Youth Suicide Prevention Education Scheduled for April 21; Individuals Sought to Serve on Illinois Advisory Council on Bilingual Education; Invitation to Comment on Rules; ISBE Seeks Input in Planning Summer Math Splash Events Across State; Model Math Curriculum Resources Webinar Scheduled for April 21; Educator and Administrator Input Sought for Teacher Leadership Survey; District Superintendents Asked to Fill Out Short Tier II Pension Benefits Survey; Upcoming Events; Grant Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Professional Development; Employment Opportunities.

April 13, 2015 -- District Superintendents Asked to Fill Out Short Tier II Pension Benefits Survey; Final Reminder: EIS Deadline for Federal Requirements Approaching; Model Math Curriculum Resources Webinar Scheduled for April 21; Protect Against Meningitis; Vaccine Required at Sixth and 12th Grades – 2015-16 Training Opportunities for School Nutrition Program Sponsors; Webinar on Professional Standards for School Nutrition Professions on April 16; 2015 National Family and Community Engagement Conference June 22-24; 2015-16 Training Opportunities for School Nutrition Program Sponsors; Curriculum Resources; Student Opportunities; Professional Development; Employment Opportunities.

April 6, 2015 -- Final EIS Deadline for Federal Requirements Approaching; Protect Against Meningitis - Vaccine Required at Sixth and 12th Grades; Summer School Nurse Emergency Care Course Registration Now Open; 2015-16 Training Opportunities for School Nutrition Program Sponsors; Webinar on Professional Standards for School Nutrition Professions on April 16; Eighth Annual Illinois School Wellness Conference Scheduled for April 23; 2015 National Family and Community Engagement Conference June 22-24; 2015-16 Training Opportunities for School Nutrition Program Sponsors; Public Act 99-0001 – Revised FY 2015 Mandated Categorical Prorations; FY 2015 Illinois Free Breakfast and Lunch Reimbursement Rate Change; Seal of Biliteracy Update – New Website with 2014-15 Program Requirements; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Registration Open for ISBE, IARSS and The Trail Summer Conference; Student Advisory Council Application Available Online for 2015-16 School Year; Nominations Sought for National Champion School Fitness Center Grant; Illinois Association of Title I Directors Spring Conference Scheduled for April 15; Curriculum Resources; Student Opportunities; Educator Opportunities; Professional Development; Employment Opportunities.

March

March 30, 2015 -- Public Act 99-0001 - Revised FY 2015 Mandated Categorical Prorations; FY 2015 Illinois Free Breakfast and Lunch Reimbursement Rate Change; ISBE Invites Comments on FY 2016 School Improvement Grant Application; Seal of Biliteracy Update - New Website With 2014-15 Program Requirements; Notice of Completed Rulemaking; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Registration Open for ISBE, IARSS and The Trail Summer Conference; Webinar on Professional Standards for School Nutrition Professions on April 16; Feedback Sought on Exemption from School Meals' Whole Grain Requirements; Eighth Annual Illinois School Wellness Conference Scheduled for April 23; Summer School Nurse Emergency Care Course Registration Now Open; Student Advisory Council Application Available Online for 2014-15 School Year; Nominations Sought for National Champion School Fitness Center Grant; Illinois Association of Title I Directors Spring Conference Scheduled for April 15; Fiscal Year 2015 Arts Planning Assistance Grant Available for School Districts; Illinois Teacher of the Year and Students Participate in CTE Rally Day at Capitol; Illinois Amistad Academy Provides Free Online Course Series for Students; Curriculum Resources; Student Opportunities; Educator Opportunities; Professional Development; Employment Opportunities.

March 23, 2015 -- Illinois Association of Title I Directors Spring Conference Scheduled for April 15; Invitation to Comment on Rules; Fiscal Year 2015 Arts Planning Assistance Grant Available for School Districts; Illinois Teacher of the Year and Students Participate in CTE Rally Day at Capitol; Illinois Amistad Academy Provides Free Online Course Series for Students; PARCC College Acceptance Policy; Summer Food Service Program Seeks Sponsors and Feeding Sites; 'Now is the Time' Project AWARE-Community Grant Applications Available; ‘Creating High-Quality Mathematics Assessments’ Webinar Scheduled; Alignment Workshop Spring Sessions Scheduled Across the State; Collaboration and Student Engagement Workshops in Belleville and Naperville; Survey on Student Transitions from High School to Postsecondary Education; Illinois Reads Essay Contest for Students; Upcoming Events; Curriculum Resources; Student Opportunities; Educator Opportunities; Professional Development; Employment Opportunities.

March 16, 2015 -- PARCC College Acceptance Policy; Summer Food Service Program Seeks Sponsors and Feeding Sites; “Now is the Time” Project AWARE-Community Grant Applications Available; ‘Creating High-Quality Mathematics Assessments’ Webinar Scheduled; Alignment Workshop Spring Sessions Scheduled Across the State; Collaboration and Student Engagement Workshops in Belleville and Naperville; Survey on Student Transitions from High School to Postsecondary Education; Illinois Reads Essay Contest for Students; Grant Readers Sought for School Improvement Grant Competition; Curriculum Resources; School Safety; Student Opportunities; Educator Opportunities; Professional Development ; Employment Opportunities.

March 9, 2015 -- Alignment Workshop Spring Sessions Scheduled in Lisle and Moline; ISBE Extends 5Essentials Survey Administration Window to March 20; Truants’ Alternative and Optional Education Program FY 2016 RFP Webinar; Grant Readers Sought for School Improvement Grant Competition; Employment Information Systems Virtual Course Now Live; Survey Available to Collect Feedback on New Teacher Evaluation Systems; School Safety; Student Opportunities; Professional Development ; Employment Opportunities.

March 2, 2015 -- ISBE Extends 5Essentials Survey Administration Window to March 20; ACT Weather Policy Reminder; Truants’ Alternative and Optional Education Program FY 2016 RFP Webinar; Grant Readers Sought for School Improvement Grant Competition; Employment Information Systems Virtual Course Now Live; Survey Available to Collect Feedback on New Teacher Evaluation Systems; 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; 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; School Safety; Grant Opportunities; Student Opportunities; Professional Development; Employment Opportunities.

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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