North Cook ISC

February 2021 News Chat

North Cook ISC / ROE 5

LOOK to NORTH COOK for Professional Development, Networking, Principal/Assistant Principal Mentoring, Licensure, Fingerprinting, Background Checks and more!

A Message from Dr. Kevin Jauch

Illinois and Cook County are currently vaccinating people in Phase 1a and Phase 1b. For more information visit the Cook County vaccination information webpage. I have been working with the two Cook County local health departments for the last month to help facilitate vaccinations for educators and educational support staff. If you either work or live in Cook County, and you haven’t done so already, you can register for a vaccine here: Cook County Vaccination Registration.

If you work and live in two different local health department jurisdictions, I encourage you to register at both. Remember Evanston and Skokie have their own health departments. Below are a few links to registration sites other than Cook County:

Although additional mass vaccination sites are not up and running at the writing of this newsletter, Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) and Cook County Health (CCH) are working to set up more sites in the northern Cook County region, so keep your eyes open for news on those. Please stay safe and be well! / 847.824.8300

Partnership with North Central College

North Cook ISC is pleased to announce a new partnership with North Central College. North Central College will offer a 20% tuition discount to educators of NCISC school districts who enroll and maintain good academic status in a Master of Education degree program.

Visit, then Education Alliance Grants to start your journey!

NEW! Short-Term Substitute Teacher Training

Based on feedback from you, we will facilitate virtual Short-Term Substitute (STS) teacher training at the North Cook ISC on either February 12 or April 7, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Curriculum, classroom management techniques, school safety, and general district/building operations are among the topics that will be covered. We are happy to bring this service to our districts and hope it helps ease the burden of substitute shortages you may be experiencing.

After completion of this training, participants will need a valid STS license through ISBE. North Cook ISC can help with that application process. We also offer fingerprinting services at our office with an advance appointment. Feel free to share this information with potential substitute teacher candidates you know.

Congratulations, National Board Certified Teachers!

We are very proud of 8 new National Board Certified Teachers and 24 others from North Cook who renewed their National Board Certification. This is an extraordinary undertaking while serving in a role as educator and their dedication is commendable. These 32 educators are part of the esteemed three percent of teachers nationwide who hold this honor.

Congratulations on your leadership, commitment, and perseverance! VIEW THE LIST of North Cook educators.

Administrator Academies

These Administrator Academy courses* cover a wide array of topics. We continually add AA's to suit your interests, needs and goals. A complete list can be found at Administrator Academies.

* Sessions are conducted virtually via Zoom unless noted otherwise.

  • Recognizing Best Practices in Writing Instruction (AA 3731) - March 2
  • Teacher Evaluator Competency Skill Building for Pre-Qualified Teacher Evaluators (AA1451) - March 19
  • Compassion Fatigue and Burnout: Is Your Staff At Risk? (AA 3640)
  • Manage Your Time or Time Will Manage You (AA 1444) - April 12
  • Illinois Performance Evaluation: Teacher Evaluation Training (AA 2001) - April 15 & 16
  • Principal Evaluator Competency Skill Building (AA 1865) - April 20

Remember: We can also bring an Administrator Academy to your team, virtually or in-person based on current Covid safety protocols. Contact Dr. April Jordan at or 847.803.5604 to schedule a session.

Virtual Educator Workshops

Black History Month

Real-life examples abound in the news recently that will no doubt be included in history books in the near future. Many stories may begin with "During the summer of 2020..."

February is Black History Month. It's a perfect opportunity to bring attention to current news and engage students of all ages in conversation about equity, diversity and social justice issues. Ask staff and students to consider how our country's history has been, is, and will be shaped by Black Americans.

There is a plethora of resources available to educators. Here, we list a few examples:


Teaching Black History in Culturally Responsive Ways (2020)
How White Educators Can Approach Anti Racist Work (2020)
Taking a Stand Against Discriminatory School Policies (2020)

Spelling Bee News

Five public elementary schools and three private schools from the North Cook region are among a total of 60 schools enrolled to participate in this year's Suburban Cook County Scripps Spelling Bee.

The North Cook Spelling Bee will be held in person on Wednesday, March 3rd at Gemini Middle School in East Maine School District 63, with strict safety protocols in place, provided Covid infection rates and health conditions are satisfactory at that time.

The Regional Spelling Bee will be held in-person at McClure Jr. High in Western Springs on March 16th for the first, second, and third place finalists with appropriate health precautions.

Good luck to all our spellers!

Diversity in Ed

Diversity in Ed, Diversity Recruitment Partners, will hold a virtual teacher fair on April 14th for K-12 schools to recruit and hire great teachers. Learn more about the virtual fair at: or see

Eye on Homelessness

Julie Kopf is our new Academic Navigator for McKinney-Vento eligible students. Since the beginning of COVID-19 last year, our schools have lost contact with many of our homeless families or have had difficulty keeping the students engaged with remote learning. Julie will assist North Cook school districts with locating the McKinney-Vento students that are missing school and supporting those that are struggling. She will work with Dr. Tom Bookler, our Regional McKinney-Vento Liaison, along with our school district liaisons.


Join us for these FREE Zoom Informational Meetings when we will share information and discuss efforts to address homelessness in suburban Cook County.

February 25, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Beyond the School: Community Coming Together for Housing & Resources for McKinney-Vento Unaccompanied Youth and Young Adults

March 5, 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

First Things First: The Impact of Homelessness in Early Childhood

Justin Johnson, Illinois Teacher of the Year: On recruiting and retaining a diverse staff

Justin Johnson: On Staff Diversity

Sign up for Equity Plan or Equity Audit Assistance

Districts interested in pursuing an Equity Action Plan/Equity Implementation Plan or Equity Audit with Dr. Ivette Dubiel can email Dr. April Jordan ( Dr. Dubiel has limited capacity in the 2021-22 school year and she books up quickly! Consider the significant change Dr. Dubiel can help bring to your school community and let us know if you are interested.

February 11 - Student Services

February 18 - Instructional Technology Coaches

February 24 - Technology Directors

February 25 - Buildings & Grounds

April 9 - Curriculum & Instruction

Dashing Through the Snow

Last week, NCYAA students and staff members participated in another Chicago Voyagers outdoor field trip. The cross-country skiing event took place at Deer Grove East Forest Preserve in Palatine. And our wish for snow was granted!

The students, all cross-country novices, were very supportive of each other and the staff. They helped each other up when they fell, encouraged one another, and offered tips on best skiing practices. It was a cold day, but everyone challenged themselves and had fun. When asked what they most appreciated about the opportunity, one student recognized that the leaders are really good at what they do. Another said they enjoyed gliding down the slopes. In response to asking what they learned, one student stated, “It takes dedication and determination to get better at something!”

Staff leaders incorporated a mindfulness activity into the adventure when students were encouraged to look around, find a tree and describe it to others. Along with the laughter they enjoyed, this was an opportunity to reflect on the good going on around them.

The students allowed themselves to open up to a totally new experience. Some were more comfortable on the skis than others, but they all learned something. It was a nice break from the classroom and a beautiful day!

Teaching Poetry in Schools

If you watched the January 20th Inauguration, you were probably as impressed as we were with youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman and her poem "The Hill We Climb" that she wrote and recited so magnificently. Read further for one opinion about the benefits of teaching poetry in our schools.

We are Open to Serve You

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

If you call and are unable to speak to a staff member, leave a message or send an email. You will receive a response in a timely manner. For information pertaining to specific departments at North Cook, please see our Contact Info for details.

We will continue to do our part to help control the spread of COVID-19 while being of assistance to each of you. Thank you for your understanding.

North Cook Intermediate Service Center

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

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CLOSED February 15 - Presidents' Day