North Cook ISC

April 2021 News Chat

A Message from Dr. Kevin Jauch

If there is a silver lining to the COVID cloud that has hung over us this past year, it's that it forced educational professionals to collaborate with peers to a greater extent than ever before. These new relationships have supported us, inspired us, and helped us broaden our perspectives. The resulting professional and personal growth that has arisen from the problem-solving, creativity and ingenuity during this historic period is tremendous.

One of the things I truly love about my job is the ability to collaborate with some of the best educational minds in the entire state of Illinois! When this is all behind us, and yes, I do believe it will be at some point, I hope that we build on these relationships, continuing together to discover ways to improve our services to our students, educators and the community. / 847.824.8300

Website: Refreshed, Revised, Reorganized

This is a summary of the key changes designed to make it easier to find what you're looking for and a few snapshots of updated pages.

  • Refreshed the homepage with new images, links and an enhanced Featured Info section
  • Reorganized Professional Development pages for easier access to registration information, with concise explanations of type and delivery methods of PD we offer

  • Simplified Licensure information, including links and resources

  • Streamlined all services we offer into one tab now named Resources

  • Embedded a new universal Contact Form with drop-down menu to select a specific department

  • Revised the Employment section now with direct links to all 40+ North Cook districts’ Applitrack or employment page and the Virtual Resume Fair for Educators

  • Under North Cook Districts, inserted maps of our elementary and high school districts

  • Reviewed the entire website to ensure it is mobile-friendly

Reorganized Professional Development

Streamlined Resources

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Employment Opportunities, North Cook Districts

ALL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT - Virtual through August 2021

Administrator Academies

  • April 22 - Compassion Fatigue and Burnout: Are You or Your Staff At Risk? (AA-3640)
  • May 4 - Connected Leaders: Leveraging the Power of Social Networks for Professional Growth (AA-1788)
  • May 11 - Leadership Capacity Through Teacher Leaders (AA-1159)
  • May 14 - Teacher Evaluator Competency Skill Building for Teacher Evaluators (AA-1448)
  • June 7 - Teacher and Administrator Evaluator Retraining: Student Growth (AA-3000)
  • June 9-10 - Illinois Performance Evaluation: Teacher Evaluation Training: (AA-2001)
  • June 14 - Compassion Fatigue and Burnout: Are You or Your Staff At Risk? (AA-3640)
  • June 15 - Leading with Collective Efficacy (AA-3670)
  • June 17 - Principal Evaluator Competency Skill Building (AA-1865)

See our complete list of Administrator Academies.

Contact Dr. April Jordan at or 847.803.5604 if you'd like us to bring an Administrator Academy to you, virtually or in-person, depending on current Covid metrics.

Educator Workshops

FREE Informational Meeting

Hiring Strategies and Growing Your Culture - HumanEx Ventures

April 23, 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Selecting highly talented individuals is the foundation of high-performing organizations. Cultures of excellence actively encourage talented individuals and great teams to flourish. Join us in learning the fundamentals of talent-based selection practices and strategies to create a culture of common belief in your school district. Please register for this free event.

New STS Training Dates: June 9, August 12

Response to our past Short-Term Substitute Teacher training is very favorable. In fact, 100% of participants at the April 7 class strongly agreed that the presenter was knowledgeable, materials and presentation techniques were well-organized and engaging, and said they are highly likely to recommend North Cook ISC to colleagues. Here are comments from a few of the 16 participants:

"I did not know much about the role and expectations of a Short-Term Substitute. This training really helped my overall understanding of the expectations."

"The whole presentation was such a good refresher for me, as I have been a para for three years."

Spring Hiring Season

As you fill Principal and Assistant Principal positions this spring and summer, keep in mind that we can provide mentoring services for your newly hired administrators. Our Principal Mentoring Program is a VALUABLE INVESTMENT in the success of your new principal or assistant principal.

NCYAA Hosts Open House, Introduces ALOP

North Cook Young Adult Academy (NCYAA) Regional Safe School hosted Open House events in late March and early April. Visitors met NCYAA staff, toured the facility, and asked program specific questions. Many remarked about the beautiful school setting and the improved therapeutic environment available to students. Altogether, 17 guests attended and eight others are scheduled for future dates.

Guests also learned about NCISC’s Alternative Learning Opportunity Program (ALOP). This program offers small class sizes in a structured environment with robust social emotional and behavioral support. Students who are struggling with a traditional education setting, academics, or attendance may find this to be a good option. Flexible educational services, including in-person instruction and credit recovery tailored to individual needs are provided. There are approximately 20 spaces available right now for the ALOP. Please call the school office at 847-803-3705 for more information or to schedule a visit.

Licensure News

License Renewal

The 2021 license renewal season is in full swing and moving along with very few issues. ISBE is sending out renewal reminders in waves this year which may be helping with the overload on ELIS. The most common problems involve PD/Employment Status in ELIS or having entered an insufficient number of PD hours in order to renew their licenses. All licenses that require Professional Development must be renewed by August 31, 2021.

Licensure Bills

There were quite a few educator licensure bills introduced this spring in the Illinois General Assembly. We will closely monitor a number of them, in particular, those impacting elementary grade ranges, early childhood educator prep programs, social workers, career and technical educator requirements, new short-term teaching licenses for special education, elimination of the edTPA requirement, and reinstatement of lapsed licenses.

Contact Shirley Bloom or Izabela Kuczek for assistance with anything licensure related.

Can you spell C-O-N-N-I-V-E-R-Y?

The 11th Regional ISC Scripps Spelling Bee Championship was held in person at McClure Junior High on March 16 with nine finalists adhering to COVID guidelines and restrictions. Kudos to Elaine Xu - Highcrest Middle School, Wilmette District 39 and Isaac Margolis - Wood Oaks Jr High, Northbrook District 27 who competed on behalf of the North Cook area.

Congratulations to Regional Champion Destiny Johnson, 8th grader from Huth Middle School, Matteson District 162. The winning word after nine rounds was "CONNIVERY." Destiny will represent our region at the national competition starting June 12. The Spelling Bee finals will be hosted at the ESPN Wide World of Sports at Disneyworld in Florida.

RSAC Proposals Due by May 21st

Teacher of the Year & Those Who Excel Awards

There's still time to submit nominations for Illinois Teacher of the Year if received by April 23rd; completed applications must be received by May 21st. Applications for Those Who Excel awards must be received by May 21st.

REGISTER for These FREE Networking Events

April 23 - Instructional Technology Coaches

April 27 - Technology Directors

April 29 & May 27 - Buildings & Grounds

June 3 - Curriculum & Instruction

June 4 - Student Services

We're Open to Serve You

Our Des Plaines office is open; however, appointments must be made in advance to meet with our staff. For the health and safety of everyone, walk-ins are not permitted until further notice. Please call 847-824-8300 before coming to our office.

You can always reach us by voicemail or email. For information about specific departments please see our Contact Info.

North Cook Intermediate Service Center

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Special Holiday Hours: CLOSED May 31 - Memorial Day