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Update From the Regional Superintendent

May 16, 2014

Congratulations to
Golden Apple Award Recipient

Palestine High School's
Stuart Smith


"The best job in the world."  That's how Mr. Stuart Smith describes working with the students and staff at Palestine High School.  Smith was recently honored as one of the 2014 recipients of WTHI-TV's Golden Apple Awards program.  Now in his fifteenth year in the profession, all of which have been spent at PHS, Smith is quick to share the honor with his colleagues in Unit 3.  "Nothing dulls his shine," is how PHS Principal, Tangi Waldrop describes her building's biological sciences teacher.  Be sure to check out the full story here.  Everyone at ROE #12 offers a hardy congratulations to Mr. Smith and Palestine Unit 3! 

Last Chance Professional Development Workshops
Coming in June!
Administrators Academy #1144
Become an iAdministrator to Strengthen Your Leadership and Management Skills - Thursday, June 19, at Lawrenceville High School, Lawrenceville, IL
Today's school leaders should be harnessing the power of Web 2.0 to demonstrate for faculty and staff the new teaching and learning strategies used in 21st Century classrooms to improve student engagement and improve student academic achievement. Web 2.0 is all about interacting with content in the Internet. Websites such  Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia, Google Documents, and individual blogs are all examples of this type of interaction. Participants in this workshop will learn how to leverage Web 2.0 tools and applications to increase communication among staff, students and the public; to provide professional development for faculty; to conduct classroom walkthroughs and teacher evaluations; to improving their own time management; and to lead a strategic planning process in the area of 21st Century learning. Google Docs will be the main focus of this AA.  For more information and to register:
Free Foundational Services for All Schools
Area VI SSoS ELA Shift Kit & EQuIP Rubric Training for
Content Area Teachers, Grades 6-12
Tuesday, June 24, at East Richland High School, Olney, Illinois
Area VI SSoS ELA Shift Kit & EQuIP Rubric Training for
Reading/Language Arts Teachers, Grades 6-12
Wednesday, June 25, at East Richland High School, Olney, Illinois
Area VI SSoS ELA Shift Kit & EQuIP Rubric Training
for Elementary Teachers, Grades K-5
Thursday, June 26, at East Richland High School, Olney, Illinois
Audience:  All Teachers, Lead Teachers, Curriculum Coordinators, and Administrators

This training will provide individuals with an in-depth look at the English Language Arts Shifts for the Illinois Learning Standards incorporating the Common Core.  Participants will become familiar with the major shifts in English Language Arts by using Shift Kits.  These kits provide materials and information to help teachers incorporate the major shifts within the Illinois Learning Standards.  Participants will also gain knowledge of the EQuIP rubric which will help guide their instructional practices and align units to the major shifts within the Illinois Learning Standards incorporating the Common Core.  Participants will need to bring a fully charged laptop and a unit lesson plan.  To register, visit  This program is funded with a grant from the US Department of Education using No Child Left Behind Title I Funds (100%) through a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education System of Support (SSoS) funds.
Download the ROE #12 App!
Now available!  Download myROE 12 to your mobile device or computer at  Direct links to the ROE #12 website, our presence on Facebook and Twitter, links to ISBE and many professional organizations, ROE #12 Calendar of Events, downloadable documents, YouTube videos, listings of education jobs available in our five county region from the IASA Job Bank, and much more are all available.  It's free!  Let us know what you think.
Now available on the iTunes App Store!

FY15 State Budget is Being Considered Now


A State budget that will require a 65% proration of General State Aid?  It is imperative that our legislators know your thoughts!

Looking At Getting In Some PD This Summer?


Check out our Professional Development Bulletin Board for upcoming trainings geared toward specific subject areas as well as good, sound, instructional methodologies for all practitioners!

IRTA Foundation

The IRTA Foundation continues to work toward the future by offering $15,000 in grant money to educators.

How the Program Works
Being an educator, do you often think of this phrase - Extra Funds Needed - when it comes to planning special projects for your students? Due to recent state budget cuts, you may be finding that additional revenue sources are no longer available for such unique activities. 

The Illinois Retired Teachers Association (IRTA) Foundation is making $15,000 in grant money available to 45 counties in Illinois. This special grant will provide additional funds to public school educators (Pre-K through 12) so that their students will have the means to participate in special projects. The program will rotate each year among Northern, Central, and Southern Illinois. The grant is available in IRTA Areas 5 and 6 for this current year. The following counties are included: Alexander, Bond, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, Douglas, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Johnson, Lawrence, Macon, Madison, Marion, Massac, Monroe, Montgomery, Moultrie, Perry, Piatt, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saline, Shelby, St. Clair, Union, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, and Williamson.

How Can You Participate?
Please download the application by clicking here and complete the grant proposal by describing your needs for the grant, telling how you will use it, and explaining the difference your project will make in the lives of your students. Please submit your application by mail to the IRTA Foundation, 620 N. Walnut St., Springfield, IL 62702. All proposals must be postmarked by September 5, 2014. A special committee will select the recipients of the grant money in October 2014. Recipients will be notified shortly after this time.

We Need Your Feedback!

We are always looking to improve our services to you!  We value your input.  The ROE #12 Client Satisfaction Survey will close at the end of the day on May 30, 2014.  Don't miss your chance to help us improve!  You can access the survey here:

Hang in there, summer's almost here!

Yours for Kids,

Monte Newlin
Regional Superintendent of Schools
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