For the Education Professionals of Clay, Crawford, Jasper, Lawrence, and Richland Counties.

Update from the Regional Superintendent

Winter 2015
Richland County Office Relocates (Temporarily)
Renovations to the Richland County Courthouse are well underway!  As a result, the Richland County ROE 12 Offices have relocated to the First Floor of the Courthouse in the vacated office of the Richland County Treasurer. When renovations are completed, we will move back into our Third Floor space in mid-March (anticipated timeline). We thank you for your patience during this time.
Professional Development at ROE 12
In addition to the state-wide PD offerings by ISBE and the Regional Superintendents' Association TRAIL initiative (shared with you all last week), these upcoming trainings by ROE 12 are ones you'll want to consider attending in the weeks to come.

Out of Print: 
Moving From Textbooks to a Digital Age


Presented by Mindy Fiscus, Learning Technology Center VI
Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 9:00 am -3:30 pm
Flora Elementary School, Flora, Illinois


The ever-increasing cost of textbooks and the “outdated as soon as it arrives in your hands” nature of school publishing is causing schools to reconsider the textbook as a learning tool.  Blended learning means that dedicated, talented teachers access and apply high quality on-demand content to meet the educational needs of the students they serve.  This workshop will enable participants to evaluate and utilize digital content and make the best pedagogical decisions about how to deliver that content to students of all ability levels and learning styles.

To register, click HERE!

Pre-K to Picasso


Presented by Renee Willis, Robinson CUSD #2
Friday, February 12, 2016, 1:00 pm -3:00 pm
Highland Church of Christ, Robinson, Illinois


Art has the role in education of helping children become like themselves, instead of more like everyone else!  Come follow our lead through the discovery of Famous Artists and their works, as we share exploring, expressing, experimenting, and expanding children’s experiences in art!  If you believe that an imagination is more important than knowledge, you will fall easily into this process with your students.  If you do not believe that to be true, you will most likely change your mind as you join us in Pre-K to Picasso!

To register, click HERE!

The Building Blocks of a Strong 504 Plan


Presented by Lisa McMorris & Tracy Seesengood, SESE
Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 9:00 am -3:30 pm
Olney Central College, Olney, Illinois


Participants will learn the required steps to creating a 504 plan, including the forms, process, and appropriate accommodations. Special consideration will be given to the types of conditions that impact major life functions, including mitigating factors. Participants will be exposed to the decision-making process. Participants will have opportunities to engage in hands-on activities and discussion.

To register, click HERE!

AA #1603:  Quality Assessment Design


Presented by Kristina Gardner, Kids at the Core
Thursday, March 3, 2016, 9:00 am -3:30 pm
Highland Church of Christ, Robinson, Illinois


This course will equip administrators with information, tools, and concrete examples to successfully launch a local student growth model in their district. Participants will gain a better understanding of how to set growth goals, how to obtain growth data and how to utilize student growth data properly. This course will also guide to a deeper understanding of the SLO (Student Learning Objectives) process and the Pros and Cons to different approaches as well as guidelines for writing growth goals for an SLO.

To register, click HERE!

Here's What We've Accomplished Lately
ROE 12 Quarterly Report for September, October, November
All Regional Superintendents across Illinois are required by law to report their office's activities on a quarterly basis to the county boards of the counties they serve.  Here's what ROE 12 has accomplished over the first three months of the school year.
We're nearing the half-way point!
Mid-year is always a great time to not only reflect on the many blessings we enjoy, but also to give renewed thought to how we will address the challenges which we face in the new year. Indeed, often times blessings are disguised as challenges, which frequently make us better at what we do, and who we are.  Our daily attitude is so important.  Attitude springs from our hearts, which leads our minds, and our minds move our hands.  As you take some well-deserved time away from your classroom this holiday season, be sure to remind yourself just why you were called to teach.  It is simply the most important job one to which one can aspire.  The challenges are unprecedented, but so is the importance of the job you do on a daily basis.  Don't get discouraged!  Your students need you like never before!  I know you'll not let them down!  Many blessings to you and your family from both the ROE 12 Family and the Newlin Family!

Yours for Kids,
Monte Newlin
Regional Superintendent of Schools
ROE #12
ROE #12
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