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A message from the Director: 
Welcome to October!
This is such an exciting time of year with Chicago sports teams and Halloween. There is magic in the air!
I am thrilled to report that our Executive Board and leadership team have been doing strategic planning. We are so pleased with the feedback that we have been receiving about our service delivery here at West 40. It is natural for us to look forward and plan for continued success and growth. 
We established a new vision statement:
West 40 will become the educational hub of the community.
And a mission statement:
To connect and serve our learning communities.
Our goals focus on service delivery and efficiency. They are structured in our pillars and embedded in our values. We are committed to:
Alternative Learning
Professional Learning 
Which will be delivered through our ROE Services, Alternative Programs, and Professional Learning.
I trust you share our excitement around improved services and partnerships.
Have a great October.

Dr. Mark Klaisner 
Grant Funded ESL Endorsement for Pre School Teachers: 
West 40 has an opportunity for PEL holders endorsed Pre-K through third grade and some Pre School teachers to earn an ESL endorsement for around $1250.  A grant is paying the remaining 2/3 of the cost. A cohort will begin November 2015 and meet on Wednesday nights for 18 months. Please have interested teachers call or email Lisa Murray at 708-449-4284 X 1005 or for more information. 
Newsletter Sign Up:
Please forward our newsletter on to your fellow teachers and administrators and ask them to subscribe!   Educators often ask us about Professional Development opportunities and our old catalog.  The best way to learn about them is through the newsletter.  Educators can subscribe through the website or link below. Currently our mailing list is primarily Superintendents and principals, please help spread the word!

Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities:

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Legal Workshop Series

Franczek Radelet will be offering a series of legal workshops!
 8:30 am to 10:30 am 
 - Thursday, October 8 - Teacher Evaluation and Discipline - Click Here to Register
-  Thursday, October 15 - Open Meetings Act and Freedom of Information Act - Click Here to Register 

Joint Committee PERA Boot Camp 
West 40 has a number of options that will guarantee that your district will be fully compliant with all PERA requirements.  Watch for more information to learn how through monthly trainings, beginning in September, your joint committee members can receive the training and coaching they need to form solid plan that is PERA compliant. Click here for more information!

Curriculum Cafe- A network for Curriculum Directors 
Friday, October 9    8:30 am - 9:30 am

The Curriculum Cafe is a forum where curriculum leaders share best practices, problem-­solve, and network about federal and state initiatives, research, and classroom practices. The Curriculum Cafe is committed to excellence in education for all children in our schools by bringing curriculum leaders together. Click Here to Register!

Speech and Drama Festival Workshop
Friday, October 23 1:00pm - 3:00 pm

Developing public speaking skills at and early age through participation in the West 40 Speech and Drama Festival can be exciting and rewarding experience for students. If you are planning to involve your students in the festival, please attend this organizational meeting with festival coordinators. 
Click Here to Register!


Administrators' Academy - Strategies for Administrators to Successfully Implement Change to an Outcomes Based Teacher Evaluation System
Monday, October 26  8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Administrators will learn how to develop staff/leader relationships, collect input from staff and utilize consensus-building strategies to yield positive change. The Danielson Teacher Evaluation model will be reviewed; administrator’s roles defined and participants will practice and be prepared to lead the change process necessary to deliver the model effectively. Click Here to Register! 

Health, Life, Safety Updates
October 15 - Deadline to deliver the annual financial report (AFR) / Audit to the Regional office of Education / Intermediate Service Center
October 30
- Supplemental General State Aid (SGSA) plan due to ISBE 
Licensure Spotlight
Is the information reflected in your ELIS account up to date? Please review your Contact Information, License Endorsements, Profile, and Degree Information to make sure it is correct.  If it is not, please contact Sharon Balderas on how to update your file. 
Is it too early to start thinking about 2016 license renewal?  Not at all!  
Will you have enough professional development to renew? Please make sure you are on track! April 1, 2016 will be here before you know it. If you have any questions, contact Sharon Balderas. 
  How can I obtain an ELS endorsement as a paraprofessional

A paraprofessional educator endorsement on an educator license with stipulations may be issued to an individual who is at least 20 years of age, holds a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent, and has met one of the following requirements:

1. Holds an associate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education
2. Has completed at least 60 semester hours of credit from a regionally accredited institution of higher education (excluding remedial coursework);
3. Presents an official score report from Educational Testing Service (ETS) showing a score of 460 or higher on the ParaPro test; or
4. Presents evidence of earning the following scores on the Work Keys test (offered by ACT): Reading for Information (4), Writing/Business Writing (3), and Applied Mathematics (4).

To apply for an educator license with stipulations endorsed as a paraprofessional educator, individuals may submit an application in the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS.) A $100 fee will be assessed electronically when the application is submitted. After submitting their application, individuals should have a copy of their high school diploma and official transcripts showing completion of any college coursework sent to ISBE.

An educator license with stipulations endorsed as a paraprofessional educator is not valid until it is registered. Once registered, the license is valid until June 30 immediately following five years of the endorsement being issued and may be renewed. 

                     How can I obtain a substitute teaching license?

A substitute teaching license, valid for substitute teaching in grades PK-12 in any county in Illinois, may be issued to individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. To apply, individuals may submit an application online in the Educator Licensure Information System (ELIS). A $100 fee will be assessed electronically when the application is submitted. After submitting their application, individuals should have an official transcript showing an awarded bachelor’s degree sent to ISBE.

To be valid for teaching, a substitute license must be registered in ELIS after it is issued. The license is valid for five years and may be renewed if the educator has passed Illinois’ test of basic skills (TAP 400.) The test of basic skills may be waived with a composite score of 22 and a combined English/Writing score of 19 or higher on the ACT Plus Writing, a composite score of 1030 (mathematics + critical reading) and a writing score of 450 or higher on the SAT, or an ACT WorkKeys assessment with the following scores: Math- 4, Reading- 4, Writing-3.

An individual who has passed a test of basic skills for the first licensure renewal is not required to retake the test for further renewals. 

If you have further questions regarding Educator Licensure please call
Sharon Balderas at (708) 483 - 6208.
Proviso Evening School welcomes a new Director, Salandra Wood.  Salandra is from the Maywood area and attended school in District 209.  She brings a wealth of knowledge about the community and alternative education to the program. Welcome Ms.Wood!

Currently, our three ALOP programs are providing alternative education to about 75 students.

Truancy Outreach Counselors are starting the year with about 300 students. They are meeting with students,families, and school staff to provide resources and help students get back into school.
Upcoming Events
The Speech and Drama Festival will be held on Saturday, February 27th, 2016 at Elmwood Park High School. Look for more information in the upcoming newsletter. 
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