FALL PD Opportunties!

Complete PD packet before Early Bird Rates (when they apply)

The English College Readiness meetings will be on the following dates this semester:

Fridays, Sept 18th, Oct 16th, and Nov 13th, all from 1-3pm.

Sept. 18th: Sharing Updates and Maximizing Technology in the English Classroom.

Each institution, including KCC as requested, will share any recent updates to their courses, curricula, policies, etc. Participants will also discuss how to maximize use of technology such as Chromebooks, TurnItIn, and Google Classroom.

Oct. 16th : Student Led Instruction and Pre/Post Testing

In this session, participants will share assignments and activities that put students at the center of both teaching and learning. Participants will also share how they pre and post test students for specific units.

Nov. 13th: Evaluation of Writing and Course Policies

In this session, participants will individually evaluate common papers to launch a discussion of writing expectations, standards, and evaluation practices. Participants will also discuss to what degree our classroom policies align/prepare students for increased accountability.

This semester, English will meet 9-11am Friday mornings Sept 18, Oct 16th and Nov 13th in D211. On those same days, the math group will meet in the afternoons 12:30-3pm.

For more information & to RSVP contact: Linsey Cuti at KCC

Math College Readiness Meetings

Friday, Sept 18th from 12:30 - 3

Friday, Oct 16th from 12:30 - 3

and Friday, Nov 13th from 12:30 - 3

For topics and more information, please contact Jennifer Nikolic at KCC to RSVP.

New Science College Readiness Meetings!

Greetings! I wanted to contact everyone before we get really busy with the start of the year. Our first meeting is scheduled for Friday Sept. 11 in D300. Last Spring we decided our topic for that meeting should be college readiness and therefore I have invited KCC faculty to join us. Let's plan on starting at 9 am that day instead of our usual 9:30. I hope that works for everyone! Contact Carrie to RSVP.

Carrie Grimsley Jones, PhD

Professor of Anatomy & Physiology

Kankakee Community College

100 College Dr.

Kankakee, IL 60901


I-KAN Assessment Cohort

This Assessment Literacy Cohort will will focus on specific elements of assessment literacy for teachers. Utilizing the work of Richard Stiggins', James Popham, John Hattie and others, topics that will be discussed are:

• Alignment of standards, assessments and instruction
• Descriptions of high quality assessments
• Grading in a standards-aligned classroom
• How to work with staff in increasing their assessment literacy
• How the Teacher Evaluation system can increase student achievement

This cohort series is designed for teacher leaders and administrators to bring back and lead assessment literacy planning and knowledge creation in their own districts. The format of the sessions will actively engage participants in a hands-on approach to learning about assessment literacy, along with time to network and learn from others.

The series will include 8 sessions and will meet for 2 hours each from 4 to 6 pm over an 8 week period. Participants will utilize their own assessment plans to complete a needs assessment, an assessment inventory, and ultimately a balanced assessment plan of their own.

Other I-KAN Workshops

Collaboration, Formative Assessment, and Standard-Based Grading to ILS!

Near by trainings:

Sept. 22

Oct. 19

ISBE Lesson/Unit Design Starter Kits

Near by trainings:

Sept. 24

Oct. 21

Two Rivers Reading Council/ Illinois Reading Council

September 10

  • Harvesting Student Potential: Helping Students Set Goals Based on Data, 5:30 PM, Watseka Library. Sign up here

September 29

  • We are Building S.T.E.A.M. @ Bradley West 5:30PM, Nagel and Throop. Sign up here

November 17

  • Holiday Reading Night: Family Literacy Night @ Bourbonnais Administration Office, 6-7:30PM. Bring the family!


Response to Intervention (RTI): The Next Generation of Data-Driven Decision-Making

Schools have been focusing on the effective use of data for nearly two decades to make consequential decisions. But are they the correct decisions? This session will review essentials of the RTI model and its potential to guide best practices for using student assessment data effectively.

Topics include:

  • The most common mistakes with RTI implementations and how to avoid them
  • Making your RTI implementation practical, workable, and successful
  • Using Renaissance Learning solutions to support RTI

Champaign, Illinois
Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Hilton Garden Inn

1501 S Neil St

Champaign, IL 61820

No charge to attend. Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served.

Reserve your seats by clicking here.

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20 Google Apps activities for classroom innovation

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Assistive Technologies Mini-Conference

Date: Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Time: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Location: Eastland Suites Hotel 1801 Eastland Drive Bloomington, IL


This mini-conference will provide both special and general education teachers with tools to assist a wide range of students with special needs. Many of the sessions are hands-on; bring your iPad and/or laptop with you to fully experience these interactive sessions (devices will not be provided at the training). See link below for full session descriptions.

Target audience

K-12 special education teachers, regular education teachers, paraprofessionals and technology coordinators. Schools are encouraged to bring teams to take full advantage of the variety of sessions.

Cost: $80, includes continental breakfast and lunch

To register: www.kidsroe.org/Registration/WorkshopDetail.php?id=6203

For assistance: Contact Lori Whitman: lwhitman@ltcillinois.org or Tim McIlvain: tmcilvain@area4.k12.il.us.

Session details: For complete details and full session descriptions, go to www.ltcillinois.org/AssistiveTech.pdf.

Conference on Illinois History

The annual Conference on Illinois History is scheduled for Sept. 24-25 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in downtown Springfield and is the state's largest meeting devoted to the history of the Prairie State. The conference includes 25 sessions that feature topics such as politics, Abraham Lincoln, labor, race, immigration, and the Civil War. Teachers will benefit from workshops on a variety of topics. The program is available at: www.illinois.gov/ihpa/Involved/Pages/Conference.aspx.

Illinois Science Education Conference 2015

Illinois Science Education Conference 2015

Passport to NGSS

October 23-24, 2015

Tinley Park Conference Center

Tinley Park, IL

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October 9th: Fall Kindergarten Conference

October 9th: Fall Kindergarten Conference

DeeDee Wills will cover each topic for an hour and a half:

Writer's Workshop

See how easy it is to empower and involve your kindergartners in daily writing, conferencing, collaboration, and publishing.

Math Stations

All of DeeDee's activities are predictable and sustainable and develop learning independence in all your kindergartners.

Guided Reading and Interventions

Introduction to word work and intervention activities for kindergartners who need help with phonics, phonemic awareness, and fluency.

Literacy Stations

Create predictable and fun activities that target key skills in literacy.

More Information Here


For Middle School Parents- Dave Shepard, author of "The Middle Matters"

Exploring What Makes a Middle Schooler Tick

January 14th, 6 P.M. at Bradley Central

I will update the webpage & this newsletter when other opportunities become available.