Illinois Licensure – Registration and Renewal Changes

Please share with your staff:

There have been some changes to the registration and renewal process with the ISBE. Additionally, there have been some changes to professional development requirements. We have outlined the new process on the ROE 41 web site HERE.

Please don’t hesitate to call 618.296.4530 should you have any questions. You can also contact the office through our “Contact Us” page HERE.

Reminder: There are still a few slots open in our Camp Invention 2015 summer camp. The camp is for those entering 1st through 6th grades. The camp dates are June 15 – 19. Find out more about this exciting camp HERE.

Thanks and have a great summer!

Reminder: ROE 41 Presents “Camp Invention 2015” for First Through Sixth Graders (June 15-19, 2015)

Camp Invention is an experience unlike any other summer enrichment program for first through sixth graders. At Camp Invention, children question everything and realize they’re capable of anything. Creative challenges bring critical concepts to life each day at Camp Invention. Our programs are led by qualified educators who are dedicated to motivating each child. No other camp has the support of organizations so committed to the spirit of invention.

Please help spread the word about this exciting Summer camp to be held in Troy, IL at the Center for Educational Opportunities school. (map)

Follow the Camp Invention Blog HERE.

Scholarships Available!

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses the Center for Educational Opportunities (CEO) will be offering scholarships in the form of rebates to attendees of the 2015 Camp Invention. The funds the sponsors donate will be equally divided among camp participants and distributed at Camp Invention’s conclusion.

Click HERE to register and for great information (and video) about our upcoming camp.
(The date of our camp is June 15-19, 2015.)

If you would like to be a local sponsor for this great camp, click HERE.

To download a brochure for Camp Invention, click HERE.

The ROE41 web page about Camp Invention 2015 is HERE.

Area 5 Learning Technology Center Presents: PARCC Round Table Discussion

Please join us for an informal discussion on the trials and “AH Ha’s” of the online PARCC testing. As the state of Illinois plans to go “live” this spring with PARCC, we would like to spend a few hours with your fellow techies discussing the in’s and out’s of PARCC. Bring your questions and successes to the round table to share with your fellow techies. This will be an informal discussion. The PARCC round table is for all to share, ask questions or soak up knowledge from others.

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00pm
Location: Lincoln Land Community College Auditorium – Litchfield Campus
#1 Lincoln Land Drive, Litchfield, IL
Sign In: 8:30 – 9:00am
Cost: No Cost

Registration Online: HERE
Questions – Email: or
Registration Deadline – 10/29/2014

ASCD Inservice: Where to Find Apps for Educators

The odds are good that you – or, at least, several of your colleagues – got a new tablet or smartphone over the holiday season, and are looking to fill it up with the magical mix of apps to make life and work easier and better. With countless apps on the market, these may be elusive, but there are a variety of solid directories, review-based blogs, and lists to dig into and share with your staff to make the odds of success greater.


KQED Midshift Blog: How Well Are Schools Teaching Cyber Safety and Ethics?

Audrey Watters writes:

Earlier this week we looked at proposed legislation in California that would change how social networking websites handle privacy and security — not just for minors online but for all Internet users. Several commenters responded that, when it comes to children online, it should be up to parents, not legislators, to handle these sorts of matters.

But arguably, teachers can also help children learn responsible behavior online. A recent survey undertaken by the National Cyber Security Alliance, Microsoft, and Zogby/463, showed that 91% of teachers, 92% of tech coordinators, and 99% of administrators believed this should be taught. The survey examined administrators, teachers, and technology coordinators at the K-12 level about their thoughts on the cybersafety practices and curriculum in schools. (Full survey results here).


Ditch That Textbook: 12 ideas to prepare students for jobs that don’t exist yet

The career frontier is an ever-changing one.

Sixty-five percent of today’s schoolchildren will eventually be employed in jobs that have yet to be created, according to this U.S. Department of Labor report.

Educators have a daunting task ahead of them: teach students skills to solve problems we’ve never seen before and won’t see for years.

Even today’s technology skills may be obsolete before students graduate, let alone before they reach the workforce.

Thankfully, some skills are timeless. They’ve been relevant for decades, centuries. They will continue to be relevant into the future. These skills – and a handful of other more modern-day skills – will serve our students well as they enter the “real world.”

Read more about what we can encourage in the classroom >>