NEW! Madison County School District Employment Opportunities in Booklet Form

In an effort to make sure we can assist in getting the word out about school district employment opportunities, we are going to release known vacancies in a new booklet form. If you have openings that we haven’t listed or know about, please let us know and we will add them. Please let us know when the positions are filled. We will create a booklet for the non-public schools in the near future. Thanks!

Click HERE to view the booklet.

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New Teacher/Administrator Workshop: Stressed Brains Can’t Learn: Creating a Trauma Sensitive Classroom with Strategies That Work

Who: K-12 Teachers and Administrators

When: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Where: Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities, 1210 N. Main St., Edwardsville

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Hours of Earned Credit: 5

Cost: No charge (lunch on your own)

Presenter: Megan McDowell, Angela Reeter, and Mary Adams

Participants in this workshop will learn about the impact of developmental trauma on the brain, it’s relationship to mental health, and how it manifests itself in the classroom setting. The presenters will make a case for a perspective shift from asking “what is wrong with you?” to “what happened to you?” as an essential component to successfully address the students’ needs. Trauma sensitive classroom strategies will be shared with participants that can be taken back to the classroom to implement immediately.

Click HERE for a flyer or click HERE to register.

December Guest Blog: Collinsville CUSD #10

How can school districts be effective with limited financial resources? Schools in Madison County are challenged every day by growing student needs and shrinking budgets.

Recently, Collinsville Community Unit School District #10 learned we were named an “exemplar for public schools in Illinois” by IFF – a nonprofit community development financial institution.

We are one of three school districts called a “Bright Spot for Future Investment” profiled in IFF’s study: Raising Quality, Promoting Equity” An Analysis of Location, Performance and Investment in Illinois Public Schools.” The other districts are Elgin-Area School District U-46 and Vienna School District 55.

The study evaluated the effectiveness of district resource allocation. The three districts were highlighted for “cost effectively meeting the needs of their students, reaching them with effective academic preparation even in the face of funding gaps.”

One of the areas in which we have had great success is leveraging existing resources in creative ways. An example is the First Annual STEM Day at held at Collinsville High School in September for all district 3rd graders.

CUSD 10 Third Grade STEM Day

STEM Day CHS Students Teaching Solar to 3rd Graders Sept 2017
Collinsville High School STEM students demonstrate solar energy for 3rd graders at STEM Day.  
STEM Day 3rd Grade Girls with Circuits Sept 2017
Collinsville 3rd graders learned about electricity and circuits during First Annual 3rd Grade STEM Day
STEM Day 3rd Grade Boy with Worm Sept 2017
3rd graders in Collinsville Unit 10 had hands on lessons at the district’s STEM Day.

The event was the brainchild of the CUSD 10 Science Vertical Team. The Science Vertical Team is comprised of science teachers representing all grade levels in the district. STEM Day was a result of their collaborative work to bridge science curriculum between age groups. 

Science staff who helped orchestrate STEM Day were Jamie Barger (Collinsville Middle School) , Krista Basuel (Kreitner Elementary), Susanna Benson (Webster Elementary), Jill Carter (Collinsville Middle School), Tom Withee (Collinsville High School), Pat Szpila (Collinsville High School), Stephanie Schweppe (Collinsville High School), Chris Comrie (Dorris Intermediate School), Matt Blunt (Collinsville Middle School), Jason Watts (Dorris Intermediate School) and Sean Hay (Collinsville High School).

The idea was to bring together all 3rd grade students for shared Science, Engineering, Technology and Math experiences. The various stations and experiments were staffed by members of the Collinsville High School STEM club under the supervision of the STEM Day committee teachers.

CHS STEM students were challenged to create interactive experiences for the younger students and served as mentors at each of the stations walking the 3rd graders through the lessons and experiments. Third grade classes attended either the morning or afternoon two-hour session.

Third graders were greeted by a CHS student guide who escorted them through various STEM stations. Most stations involved hands-on experimentation. Stations included: Pinewood Derby Challenge, Laser Maze, Treehouse Wildlife Center, Water Rocket Launch, Willoughby Farms Energy Bike, Design Boat Challenge, Robot Ramble, Adaptation Station, Wind Turbine Challenge, What Would Worms Do?, Solar Car Race, and Classifications.

There were exhibits about optical illusions, a 3D-Printer, a decoding challenge, a Van De Graff generator and Cartesian Divers.

Third graders also got to see real-life science in action as they toured the Collinsville Area Vocational Center at CHS. They learned about the concepts behind automobiles, electricity, robotics, welding, building trades and precision machining.

McKendree University Sigma Zeta Science Honor Society provided microscopes and STEM college students to help the 3rd graders learn how to use them.

Successful Outcomes

Feedback from the students was immediate and very positive. The 3rd graders were engaged throughout the sessions. The high school students took their responsibilities very seriously and provided meaningful, informative interactions for the younger students.

Jill Carter, 8th grade science teacher and Collinsville Middle School Science Department Chair, summarized the event: “STEM Day was a great opportunity for our district’s 3rd graders to spend the morning or afternoon immersed in science. We are happy to see this day peaked students’ interest and served as a “hook” to get them ready to learn science this school year!”

Our goal was not only to educate, excite and engage the 3rd graders, but their teachers as well. As a team we are working to promote the importance our district’s science curriculum as a whole and to be sure the teachers of the little ones know the importance of their part in in the education of our future scientists,” said Carter.

Krista Basuel, a 3rd grader teacher at Kreitner Elementary agreed, “I thought the 3rd Grade STEM Day was a huge success! It was worth all the hard work and preparation to see the look of wonderment and excitement in the students’ faces. I had so many students tell me how much they LOVE Science, and they had never realized it before!”

The event was paced perfectly for their attention spans and also provided a well-rounded experience into Science, Technology, and Engineering. The stations were so diverse that the students never lost interest in what was being taught to them. I hope this event can be an annual event for all 3rd graders!”

Cost Effective Innovation

Third Grade STEM Day is an example of CUSD 10 cost effectively using resources for a positive outcome. Five hundred 3rd graders were engaged in STEM education, staff collaborated vertically on science curriculum, 3rd grade teachers were inspired to integrate concepts into their lessons and high school students gained leadership experience while sharing their STEM knowledge – all for a minimal cost.

For more information about Collinsville CUSD 10 visit www.kahoks.org, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@CUSD10).

4 New Teacher/Administrator ROE 41 Workshops for 2018!

Below are 4 new workshops for teachers/administrators for 2018.

  1. Project Wild! 2 Day K-12 Cross-curricular NGSS Workshop!

    Who: K-12 Teachers and Administrators

    When: Wednesday, January 31 AND Wednesday, February 28, 2018

    (must attend both days)

    Where: Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities,

    1210 N. Main St., Edwardsville

    Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    Hours of Earned Credit: 14

    Cost: No charge (lunch on your own)

    Presenter: Marvin Warner, former Director of School Improvement, ROE #41

    Synopsis: Learn to Integrate Environmental Education, Literature, Math, and Social Science into your existing curriculum with nature as your medium. Teachers will engage in hands-on, inquiry-based, and cooperative learning strategies that encourage higher-order reasoning skills.

    Click HERE to download a flyer for this workshop. Register HERE.


    2. Growing Up Wild! and Early Childhood Experiences in Project Learning Tree

    PreK-2 Cross-curricular NGSS Workshop

    Who: PreK-2 Teachers and Administrators

    When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

    Where: Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities 1210 N. Main St., Edwardsville

    Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    Hours of Earned Credit: 6

    Cost: No charge (lunch on your own)

    Presenter: Marvin Warner, former Director of School Improvement, ROE #41

    Synopsis: This preschool/early childhood science workshop will help build on children’s sense of wonder about nature and invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them. Teachers will receive two activity guides with field tested, hands-on, nature-based, ready-made thematic units.

    Click HERE to download a flyer for this workshop. Register HERE.


    3. Project Learning Tree – 2 Day K-8 Cross-curricular NGSS Workshop

    Who: K-8 Teachers and Administrators

    When: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 AND

    Tuesday, June 5, 2018

    (must attend both days)

    Where: Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities

    1210 N. Main St., Edwardsville

    Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    Hours of Earned Credit: 14

    Cost: No charge (lunch on your own)

    Presenter: Marvin Warner, former Director of School Improvement, ROE #41

    Synopsis: Learn to Integrate Environmental Education, Literature, Math, and Social Science into your existing curriculum with nature as your medium. Teachers will engage in hands-on, inquiry-based, and cooperative learning strategies that encourage higher-order reasoning skills.

    Click HERE to download a flyer for this workshop. Register HERE.


    4. Ready? Set? Engage!

    Who: K-8 Teachers and Administrators

    When: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

  Where: Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities, 1210 N. Main St., Edwardsville

  Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  Hours of Earned Credit: 5.5

  Cost: No charge (lunch on your own)

  Presenter: Dr. Kelly West

 Synopsis: This interactive workshop will provide strategies to INCREASE student       ENGAGEment in grades K-8. Participants will also examine and explore student-   created assessment opportunities while acquiring classroom management strategies.   Please bring along 1 assessment sample and join us as we get READY to SET our   time learning some new tools in your classroom to ENGAGE your students!

Click HERE to download a flyer for this workshop. Register HERE.

Have a great Thanksgiving from your friends at the Madison County Regional Office of Education!

Mind/Shift: How Making Art Helps Teens Better Understand Their Mental Health

moodmandala-768x464The benefits of art in a child’s education are widespread. Art can help kids express themselves and understand the world around them. Art is usually a hands-on experience and fun. For low-income students, studies have found that kids who have more arts education in school see long-term benefits by both academic and social standards.

Tori Wardrip, an art teacher at Lewis and Clark Middle School in Billings, Montana, wanted to explore the benefits of art more deeply while addressing some of the mental health issues she saw students experiencing.

Read the rest of this article HERE.

eSchool News: 5 big takeaways from redesigning learning spaces

interactive-classroom-600x400The U.S. Department of Education and the Illinois State Board of Education had already recognized our schools in Kildeer Countryside Community Consolidated School District 96 in southern Lake County, Illinois, for academic excellence. Still, our district administrators recognized several years ago that significant changes needed to be made to our classrooms, and better technology needed to be acquired, in order to help our students develop the skills mandated by today’s educational standards including effective communication and collaboration.

To that end, we turned our attention to rethinking and redesigning our classroom learning spaces to fit the 21st century needs of our students.

Please read the rest of the article HERE.