Important ISBE Change For Retirees with Lapsed Licenses

Through December 31, 2017: Any licensee who has retired, and whose license has lapsed for failure to renew, may reinstate that license without penalty by providing proof of retirement from a state retirement system to the State Board of Education through December 31, 2017. Individuals must submit a copy of a letter from a state retirement system (on official agency letterhead) confirming the individual’s retirement. The licensee’s name, IEIN, and date of birth must be included with the letter. Upon verification that the licensee is not working in a position requiring a professional educator license, the educator’s license will be reinstated.
The verification letter will be used in lieu of a $500 penalty fee or 9 semester hours of coursework.  Educators will not need to input any owed PD, and will not need to pay back or forward registration fees.
Letters may be emailed to or mailed to the Illinois State Board of Education at Educator Effectiveness Division, 100 North First Street, Springfield, IL, 62777.
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Mind/Shift: How Can Schools Prioritize for the Best Ways Kids Learn?

The education world is full of incremental change — the slow process of individuals learning about new strategies and approaches, trying them out, improving on their skills, and hopefully sharing their learning with colleagues to continue growth. While that process is necessary and good, if the changes to education are all in the service of doing the same thing better, they may be missing the point. The world has changed since education became compulsory and the current moment necessitates an education system that isn’t just better, but different.

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Schools: What’s the Real Problem?

From Robert Schuetz’s “Knocking the Arrow” blog:

During a recent leadership meeting, a respected, but frequently vocal colleague began venting his frustration about a few of the problems he perceived in our school; apathetic students, lack of consistency, lack of respect, and poor achievement. I looked around at the faces in the conference room wondering if others agreed with this assessment, or were they holding their tongues to avoid confrontation. While most would agree that it’s our professional obligation to strive for improvement, I found myself asking, “What is the real problem?” Read the rest of the story HERE.

University of Illinois Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver Application 2017-2018

The Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver is a four-year (consecutive) tuition waiver at the University of Illinois. If you are awarded the waiver, it will cover your in-state tuition (for undergraduate, graduate, or professional studies) at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, Springfield, or Health Sciences Center). The priority deadline to apply is January 3, 2017.

Click HERE for a link to the application.

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Don’t Kick Them Out! How to Manage Defiant Student Behavior Workshop

Audience: Educators, administrators and adults whom regularly interact with at-risk youth. Dr. Jackson’s Book “Don’t Kick Them Out!” will be provided to the first 50 participants.

Topic: Suspension does not solve or correct negative student behavior!
Educators need a different approach. This seminar will empower professional educators with the knowledge, information and understanding they need to improve in school discipline practices and correct negative behaviors of at-risk students.
This empowerment seminar will discuss:
• Why At-Risk Students Get Suspended So Frequently
• Anger Management: Why students display hostile and angry dispositions
• The difference between abuse, discipline and correction
• How to communicate with at-risk students for consistent positive behavioral outcomes
• Methods of successful discipline
• Does age, gender, or race matter in the discipline process?
• How to Address Behavioral Issues of At-Risk Students
• Common Behaviors for Referrals
• The Wrong Approach To Negative Behavior
• 7 Teacher Personality Types
• Why Do Students Disrespect Teachers?
• 21 Dos & Don’ts To Solve Disruptive Classroom Behavior

Presenter: Dr. Jesse W. Jackson III is a nationally recognized school behavior consultant and therapist who specialize in at-risk student achievement and criminal behavior

Cost: $75.00 fee for open enrollment. This workshop is provided free of charge for Truants’ Alternative and Optional Education Program (TAOEP), Regional Safe School Program (RSSP) personnel.

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Give 30 Mentoring Program Information and Application – Your Chance to Give Back!

The Give 30 Mentoring Program: Give 30 is a mentoring program that’s designed to provide “at risk” youth with positive support in their lives. The program is designed for students who have been identified (in their school) as someone who may be heading in the wrong direction and needs a mentor figure in their life. Just 30 minutes a week can change a life forever. For more information and registration forms please go here:

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