North Cook ISC

May 2021 News Chat

A Message from Dr. Kevin Jauch

Deep breath in (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), long exhale (6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1), repeat as often as necessary until calm. This is the last newsletter of 2020-2021 school year. The more I say “last of the 2020-2021 school year” the calmer I feel.

I want to thank all of you for your tremendous effort over the last 15 months. You have been reactive and proactive, creative and collaborative, and a source of strength and stability for children and the entire community. You should be proud of what you accomplished!

I don’t know what next fall will bring, but I am confident based on what I witnessed this year that the North Cook educational community will be ready. Please take some time for yourself over the summer months to refresh and recharge. You deserve it! / 847.824.8300

Dr. Kevin Jauch, 2021 Superintendent of Distinction

Our very own North Cook Regional Superintendent and Executive Director Dr. Kevin Jauch was recognized by the Illinois Association of School Administrators (IASA) as a 2021 Superintendent of Distinction and honored at a luncheon in Springfield on May 5th.

Kevin was nominated for supporting the 39 school districts and two special education cooperatives within the North Cook ISC region during the pandemic and has "helped broaden the regional office’s professional development catalog to include nationally and internationally renowned presenters, in-person and virtual offerings, as well as customized in-district opportunities," according to the IASA press release.

“To be recognized by my peers in the North Cook region is a tremendous honor,” said Jauch, a 29-year veteran educator and regional superintendent for two years. “I feel privileged every day to work with and support such talented, dedicated, passionate educators.”

Best Wishes on Your Retirement!

Congratulations on the retirement of these North Cook Superintendents with a combined total of 41 years of service as school district leaders! We thank them for their dedication and leadership, and wish them the best in the next phase of their lives.
    • Elaine Aumiller, Mt. Prospect District 57 (12 years)

    • David Kroeze, Northbrook District 27 (29 years)

We would also like to thank Helene Spak from Northbrook School District 27, a long-time North Cook ISC Governing Board member who will retire in June.

ALL PD Virtual through August 2021

Summer Administrator Academies

  • 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)
  • July 13 - Teacher and Administrator Evaluator Retraining: Student Growth (AA-3000)
  • July 14 or August 5 - Addressing Racial Disparities in Special Education: Working for More Equitable Outcomes for Students of Color (AA-3799)
  • July 15 - Teacher Evaluator Competency Skill Building for Pre-Qualified Teacher Evaluators (AA-1451)
  • July 21& 22 - Illinois Performance Evaluation: Teacher Evaluation Training: (AA-2001)
  • July 28 - School Finance Made Easy for Every Administrator (AA-881)

More AA's in early August. See our complete list of Administrator Academies.

Summer Educator Workshops

Informational Meetings - All NEW and All FREE!

How to Write an AA (Administrator Academy) - June 2, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm (Virtual)

TRS Benefits for Educators: Start to Finish - June 2 (Virtual) or October 13, 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Parenting Education in High Schools (HB4442) - June 7 (Virtual), 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Learn About National Board Teacher Certification - August 12, 9:00 - 10:00 am (Virtual)

TRS Informational Session for Human Resources Staff - September 28, 9:00 - 10:00 am

Although these events are free, registration is required.

Blended Book Studies: June 8-29, 4-part series

Virtual Meetings + Independent Reflective Growth Components

All Book Studies meet June 8, 15, 22 & 29, at specific times listed below.

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain - 9:00 -10:30 am
Understanding How We Learn: A Visual Guide - 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Powerful Teaching: Unleash the Science of Learning - 1:00 - 2:30 pm

Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain - 2:30 -4:00 pm

Final Networking Events for 2020-21

May 27 - Buildings & Grounds, June 3 - Curriculum & Instruction, June 4 - Student Services

Pandemic Terminology: Languishing and Flow

We want to share this link to an interesting Apple podcast on what many of us have been experiencing over the last year. It's not necessarily depression; instead, it may be best described as "languishing". You must have access to Apple iTunes to listen to the podcast by Adam Grant, organizational psychologist.

Licensure News

2021 License Renewal season is open until 8/31/2021. We encourage educators to renew their licenses at their earliest convenience. To renew a PEL, make sure your PD hours are fulfilled, or if not active (working in a private schools or non teaching field but willing to keep PEL active) or retired, appropriate employment status is listed in ELIS. Paraprofessional and substitute license holders are automatically exempt from PD hours. License renewal resources can be found on the NCISC website .

Over the next few years, we will enter educator Previous Qualifications into ELIS. A previous qualification is identified as teaching a subject for which they do not hold an endorsement but were considered qualified to teach previous to July 1, 2004. By July 1, 2025, no teacher may be assigned to teach a subject unless they either hold an endorsement or have had a previous qualification identified in their ELIS account. Because this is a new requirement, we are in the process of determining the most efficient way to handle this. More information will be forthcoming soon.

Part 1 Rule Changes Finalized

1.780 - Standards for Bilingual Education Programs - Clarifies that a specific content area endorsement is also required (in addition to the bilingual education endorsement) on a PEL.

1.781 - Requirements for Bilingual Education Teachers - Allows the state seal of biliteracy to be used in lieu of the test to earn the bilingual education endorsement (allows flexibility for individuals who are fluent in the language sought.)

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

McKinney-Vento Students' Rights

Looking forward, we would like to remind you that ISBE requires all school staff to be trained on the rights of students eligible for McKinney-Vento services prior to the start of and throughout the school year. A clear plan and timeline for training should include strategies to address trauma that homeless students may experience. These videos may be utilized as part of the training:

Teacher and School Staff Training

Enrolling Staff Training

Bus Driver Training and/or Another Bus Driver Training

Dr. Tom Bookler, our Regional McKinney-Vento Educational Liaison, can assist you with training on-site or via Zoom. or (630) 386-0883.

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


Monday - Friday, 8 am - 4 pm through May 31

Monday - Thursday, 8 am - 4 pm, June 1 - August 13

Special Holiday Hours:

CLOSED May 31 - Memorial Day

CLOSED July 5 - Independence Day observed